If you’ve celebrated Easter, you probably know a few things about the Easter bunny. And going on a candy hunt. And Easter brunch. And, of course, dyeing Easter eggs.
Whether you’re an egg dying pro or new to the game, anyone can agree that artificial colors are a big no-no.
The good news is, you can dye your eggs just as well without having to expose yourself to the chemicals contained in artificial colors. That’s because we’re bringing you our line of all natural food colors that are completely derived from plants and vegetables. Especially if you’re going to make use of the boiled eggs in an egg salad or another recipe after they’re all dyed and done being enjoyed, natural colors are they way to go.
Now that the lack of chemicals has you worry-free, you can concentrate on making the cutest, most natural Easter decorations of your life.
What you’ll need:
As many eggs as you’d like to dye (boiled)
Small containers to hold dye
Sharpie marker (for the bunny eggs)
Start off with your boiled eggs - no, you don’t necessarily have to boil them, but they will last a lot longer if you do. And you have the option of eating them afterward.
Another option is to drain the egg before dyeing, although it requires a bit more technique. You’ll want to use a sharp knife and carefully pierce both ends of the eggs, but only slightly. Then, use a straightened paper clip to poke through and stir the yolk inside the egg. When it’s time to empty out the contents of the egg, hold it over a bowl. You’ll need a small straw to blow the contents of the egg into the bowl. But viola - your egg is empty and ready to go.
Grab water and your food coloring and whichever container you’ve designated to hold your eggs.
For a traditionally dyed egg like the red egg pictured above, choose a glass where the egg can be fully submerged in water. Once you put a teaspoon of vinegar to the water, where the acidity speeds the effectiveness of the dye, you’re ready to add food coloring into the mixture.
Dole out food colors according to the depth of color you’d like to achieve. Using the color dropper, the red egg took about thirty to forty drops of color. Again, depending on the amount of color you want to adhere to the egg, let it soak in the water. The red egg took about two hours, but you could even let yours soak overnight to get a particularly vibrant hue.
Break out a few paper towels for these ones. We used our yellow and blue colors to achieve this effect. Start out with a base color if you’d like using the same technique as the red egg, then layer the color on. We applied color directly to the shell of the egg.
With a color dropper, alternate applying your desired colors to the eggshell until it’s saturated the point where you’re satisfied with the appearance.
For a fully colored egg like the one pictured on the far left, blend the colors evenly across. To get the swirls of the far right egg, concentrate your color dropper and design the spirals how you see fit.
This technique is the same as the original technique, but instead of fully submerging the egg, it’s just dipped into a little egg bath. For a softer color and if you have a lot of patience, you can hold the egg in the dye yourself. We used a shallow dish and filled it up halfway with food color, then let the egg sit for about two hours.
Now you can give your egg a personality. Put your doodling skills to work and give your bunny some ears, clothes, and a smile. And don’t forget to name them.
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