Instead of buying expensive kits, this is how to dye eggs with food coloring. It’s safe, easy, and budget-friendly!
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How To Dye Easter Eggs With Food Coloring
Yes, food coloring really can dye your Easter eggs with bright, vibrant colors. If you forgot to pick up an egg-dying kit, you probably already have everything you need in your pantry.
All you need is some eggs, food coloring, and vinegar! Here’s how to do it.
This is what you’ll need in order to dye eggs with food coloring:
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Food coloring
- 1 tablespoon distilled vinegar, for each color
- 1 ½ cups boiling water, for each color
- Gather one jar or juice glass for each color
- Drying rack
Dying Eggs With Food Coloring: Step-By-Step
Just follow this super-easy tutorial and you’ll have bright Easter eggs in no time at all.
1. Prepare The Jars With Food Coloring
To each container, carefully add 1 to 1 ½ cups boiling water. Do not overfill them and remember to allow room for the egg.
Stir 1 tablespoon vinegar into each jar/glass.
2. Add The Food Coloring
Add 6 to 10 drops of food coloring into each container and stir. You shouldn’t need more food coloring than this. Have fun with this step – make the colors brighter or even mix the food coloring and make your own colors!
3. Dye The Eggs
Using a spoon, lower a boiled egg into each container. Allow the eggs to sit for 5 minutes or more. The longer the egg rests in the dye, the darker the color will be.
Here’s a tip for ya: If you set the jars on a baking sheet, you won’t make a mess on your counter! The baking sheet collects all the drips and dribbles.
4. Let The Eggs Dry
Remove the eggs and place them on a wire rack over paper towel until completely dry. If you try to let them dry in an egg carton or paper towel, they might leave marks on the eggs.
Questions About Dying Eggs With Food Coloring
If you have any questions about this Easter craft, please leave them in the comments. Here are some questions other people have asked.
Can you dye eggs with food coloring without vinegar?
Yes, you can! If you don’t have any vinegar, you need some sort of acidic liquid. The best vinegar replacement for dying eggs is either lemon juice or vitamin C powder.
Should eggs be warm or cold to dye?
I think eggs are easier to dye when they are cold because they are easier for me to handle. The warmth of the eggs doesn’t really affect the colors on the eggs – but if you leave eggs out too long it makes them unsafe to eat.
Will gel food coloring work for dying eggs?
Yes, gel food coloring is a fantastic choice too. In fact, the gel food coloring might make the eggs have an even brighter tint to them.
How long will hard-boiled eggs stay fresh in the refrigerator?
Hardboiled eggs stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Can you eat Easter eggs dyed with food coloring?
Yes, Easter eggs are safe to eat after you dye them, as long as they did not sit out too long.
More Easter Egg Decorating Ideas
If you enjoyed learning how to dye eggs with food coloring, here are some more ways to decorate your Easter eggs.
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- Creative Easter Egg Decorating
More Creative Easter Ideas
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