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Dying Eggs With Food Coloring

March 16, 2010

Maybe we’re jumping ahead by dying Easter Eggs before we even hit St. Patricks Day, but I’m ok with that.

{Sidenote: I am so making this Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread tomorrow!}

I remembered when I was hunting around for info on dying play silks with Kool-Aid that I saw a few posts about dying Easter eggs with things like Kool-Aid and food coloring in a bunch of different ways. We eat a ton of hard boiled eggs around here anyway, so I figured that even if we messed up, we’d still have hard boiled eggs that would have been eaten plain.

I’m not ethically or morally or any-other-large-scale philosophically-oriented-thought against the good old tablet Easter Egg dyes, especially not the kind that comes with the box where you punch out the holes to make a “stand” for the eggs and get cute stickers(hey- they’re fun!!) I just felt like doing this today and didn’t want to lug three kids to the store just for a $3 box of tablets when we already have stuff here we could use. The process is basically the same, you just use drops of food coloring instead of dropping in the tablets.


  1. Hard-Boil your eggs.
  2. Boil some more water.
  3. Get your individual cups ready to go, one for each color you plan to make.
  4. Fill each cup with hot water{high enough to cover an egg but not so high that it splashes onto your counter when you drop the egg in} and a tablespoon or two of vinegar – enough to make it smell like you’re dyeing Easter Eggs.
  5. Give the kids their own cup of cold water with a splash of vinegar to play with while you do the dye part of all of this.
  6. Refer to this amazing chart to decide which colors you want to make. {we did Salmon, Lime Green and Turquoise – I’d tweak the Turquoise a bit next time} and put the necessary drops of food coloring into the cups. Stir to mix the dye.
  7. Drop in your eggs. {CAREFULLY! I’m not saying this from experience or anything…but if I were, I might suggest that you might want to put some newspaper under the cups so that you don’t dye your counters various Easter colors. We may or may not be very lucky that our counters are dark and muddled and don’t show a ton of color!}
  8. Leave the eggs in the dye and go do something else for a bit. When you think of it, come back and take them out, place in the egg carton to dry and put another egg in the water. Wash, rinse, repeat.

That’s it. It was easy, the kids are excited about their “rainbow eggs” and we had a little bit of fun learning about colors in the process – I’d call that a success!

{Linking this post to Steady Mom’s fantastic Moms’ 30-Minute Blog Challenge}

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2010 8:59 am

    Hmm, if not for Easter this would be fun trick to pull on my mom for April Fools Day. She loves hard boiled eggs, but I don’t think she has ever seen eggs like this. Thank you for the tip.

  2. March 21, 2010 8:29 am

    Cool idea!

  3. April 6, 2015 3:52 pm

    I’m glad you liked my chart at! Thanks for the link.


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