Learning how to dye Easter eggs is as traditional Easter as anything can be! With this classic technique, you’ll have your very own DIY gorgeous vibrant eggs fit for any Easter table.
How To Dye Easter Eggs
Every year I sit around the table with my kids and we dye our eggs together. I have such treasured memories of watching their eyes light up the first time they see an egg turn from plain white to vibrant blue, pink, yellow, or green.
And with this method, you don’t need any special kits or tools! In fact, most of what you need is probably right in your pantry!
This Easter activity is 100% kid-safe and kid-approved so get ready for some serious Easter fun!
Dyeing Easter Eggs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
What You Need
- Boiling water
- White vinegar
- Food coloring, liquid or gel
- Hard boiled eggs, cooled
How To Dye Easter Eggs
- You’ll be surprised by how simple it is to dye your own Easter eggs! First, you’ll want to boil your water.
- Next, fill however many cups you will be using with enough boiling water to cover an egg.
- Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to each cup and about 20 drops of liquid food coloring or 1-3 drops of gel food coloring.
- To color the eggs, use tongs to dunk them into the desired color of water and let sit for about 5 minutes, turning the egg occasionally. For more vibrant colors, leave the egg longer. For pale colors, leave in the water for less time.
- This is your time to get creative! Test out different colors together, mix it up or even try speckling your eggs!
- Remove the eggs and place on a paper towel to dry completely.
Tips Tricks And FAQs
- Nothing is worse than a stain that won’t come out, whether it’s on your clothes, body, or furniture! Remember that this mixture is meant to stain, so you’ll want to make sure you cover everything that you don’t want to get colored.
- If you don’t have tongs, you could also use slotted spoons! They should work just as well. They even have egg dippers made specifically for dyeing eggs that are really handy and keep things nice and sturdy.
- The real trick to having eggs that look amazing after you dye them is taking your time and turning it often and evenly. Of course, when kids are involved this may not happen, but if you want some super pretty eggs make sure you take your time!
- Here’s my trick for eggs that peel super easily… salt! Make sure that you add plenty of salt to your water that you use to boil your eggs. It will help the shells come off so much easier.
How to Boil Eggs for Dyeing
There are a few ways to boil your eggs easily before dyeing them. You can put them in muffin tins and bake at 325 for 30 minutes for an easy no-stress method.
You can even boil them easily in your Instant Pot if you have one!
To store your eggs whether peeled or unpeeled, place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Hard boiled eggs
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar for each color
- Food coloring
Add 1 cup boiling water to glass
Add 2 teaspoons vinegar
Add 10-12 drops food coloring, depending on how dark you the coloring
Lower egg carefully into colored water, be sure egg is completely covered
Repeat with all colors
Let eggs soak until the desired color
Remove and place on a drying rack or paper towel
Michele is a mom of 5 with her degree in marriage and family studies. She believes that one of the best ways you can spend time with your family is doing fun things together.