Whether you’re celebrating Easter or just honoring the passage of Spring, egg dying is a cultural tradition with roots in Mesopotamia, eastern Europe and of course the United States.
Colorful creations in every shade of pastel bring joy to your Easter basket or table presentation, and the dying process is fun for the whole family.
Whether you’re planning to hunt them down after or just use them as decoration, we encourage you to have a little extra fun with your eggs this season and see if you can’t spruce ‘em up a bit.
We snooped around TikTok and Instagram for some eye-popping egg dye techniques, and we invite you to give each and every shade a try.
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Alright, before we get into all the cool tricks, we’ve got a few tips. Lauren Rolerat breaks down the science of egg dying and shows us why a teaspoon of vinegar will take our colors from drab to fab. That’s the secret to beautiful eggs, no filter needed.
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Of course, it’s more fun to make a multi-colored egg, but before you spend hours with that little wire spoon in your hand, check this easy hack and save yourself the cramps.
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Now that you’ve got the basics, let’s get creative! Tie-dye eggs are the big trend this year. Some videos instruct you to drop a few different dyes onto shaving cream and mix it up outside, but you can substitute shaving cream for whipped cream and create an edible version of the same recipe. They come out wonderfully marbled, and no two eggs are alike!
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The same dyes that make your favorite soda pop bright and bold will stain the shells of your Easter eggs. Fanta is a particularly vibrant brand of soda, but you could try this with any colored drinks. Don’t you wanna?
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Not a fan of cola? There are natural herbs, spices, vegetables and flowers that will create incredible dyes with a few pantry ingredients. You may already have everything you need to make yellow turmeric or purple cabbage concoctions. Check the Instagram post below for another list of fun potential ingredients, and add something extra by wrapping your eggs with a small flower or leaf in onion skins or thin stockings.
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@lifewithpaigenicole Eggs dyed in rice #withoutdelay #eggsdyedinrice #riceeastereggs #ricedyedeggs #eastereggs #easyeggdye #easyeastereggdye #foodcoloring #dyingeastereggs original sound - Paige Nicole
Mixing rice with food coloring and shaking it all up in a plastic baggie will bring a fun textured look to your egg dye event. It also requires less submersion for the colors to take, and you’re free to mix and match!
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Did you like those tie-dye eggs? Want to try a new way of marbling? This hack replaces dye with colorful tissue paper, which you might have hanging around with your present packing supplies or hiding in your craft corner. Grab a coffee filter and some vinegar, and you’ve go a masterpiece on its way!
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All this talk about dyes. What about paints? You can always take your dye job old school with a range of watercolors. Just get one of those cool kits from the art supply store and get to work. The thin paintbrush allows for more delicate and intentional designs. Create a whole world on your egg, why don’t ya?
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