Yesterday afternoon I dyed some Easter eggs and I thought I'd share how I did them. This would be a fun activity to do with your kids or grandkids, or just by yourself :o)
Let's start with what you need:
Eggs (keep the carton)
a tea towel
6 little custard cups
My trick for timing perfect hard boiled eggs is to carefully put the eggs into a pot of cold water. Put the pot on the stove and turn on to high heat. Wait until the water comes to a full boil, then put the lid on the pot and turn off the heat. Set a timer for 20 minutes and let eggs sit in the hot water until the timer goes off. When the timer goes off, carefully pour as much of the hot water out of the pot as you can without dumping the eggs. Then run cold water over the eggs, continuing until the water in the pot is cold. Let the eggs sit in the cold water for a while (10 minutes or so) to stop the cooking and to cool them down. Once the eggs are cool enough to easily handle you're ready to start decorating.
Using your crayons, doodle/draw simple designs on the egg shell. I kept the eggs on a tea towel to give them a bit of a cushion and also to keep them from rolling off of the table as I was colouring.
As you can see in this photo, I did not fill the dishes very full. The 2 cups of water was enough for the six little custard dishes. This saves having to use too much food colouring (always trying to be economical).
Once you lower the egg into the dye, you'll need to carefully rotate the egg in the dye with the spoon to ensure it dyes evenly all over. When you're happy with the colour (it will only take a few seconds) carefully lift the egg out of the dye and let it rest for a few minutes on some paper towel to absorb the excess dye. Be careful to use a clean area of the paper towel to avoid unwanted spots of other colours on your egg.
For most of the eggs I dyed them in only one colour, but as you can see with this one, I decided to experiment. I first stood the egg in the orange dye, holding it up with my fingers (be prepared to get coloured fingers!...it did mostly wash off after a few washings.). Next I stood the opposite end in the green dye. Then I gently wiped it with a paper towel to take off any excess dye before putting the whole egg into the yellow dye for a short time, rotating it with the spoon as above. To get the smaller bits of blue and purple on the top and bottom, I held the egg in a teaspoon of the desired dye so that just the end would be in the colour. If you plan to do some experimenting, I would do this at the end because you do risk cross contaminating the dyes and therefore may not be able to get the pure original colours again.
DO NOT dump your food colouring dye yet...