How to Dye Easter Eggs

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    Colorful Easter Eggs Have a Long Tradition

    Decorated eggs next to bowls of dye
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    Coloring eggs for the Easter celebration is a tradition with roots that some historians believe can be traced as far back as ancient Egyptian. At the very least, a tradition similar to the modern practice was present in the days of the early Christian in Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red to symbolize the blood of Jesus Christ. The folk custom of dyeing eggs in festive, bright colors may be an adaptation of pagan fertility and rebirth celebrations. Over time, the Christian Easter celebration is...MORE thought to have absorbed festive aspects of local pagan ritual, which celebrated nature being reborn in springtime by dyeing eggs in bright colors. 

    The first step in coloring Easter eggs is to gather your supplies. You will need:

    • Hard-boiled eggs
    • Vinegar (white or apple cider)
    • Food coloring
    • Three or four cups deep enough to submerge eggs
    • Spoon
    • Crayons (optional)
    • Empty egg carton
    • Newspaper and paper towels
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    Step1: Prepare the Work Area

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    Prepare the Dye for the Easter Eggs. Stephanie Gallagher

    Spread newspapers over your work surface.  If you plan to draw on the eggs with crayons, assemble the crayon colors you want. The dye will not adhere to the wax, allowing the crayon color to show through.

    Place one teaspoon of vinegar in each container. Add about 1 1/2 cups of hot water (hot tap water is fine) to the vinegar.

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    Step 2: Add the Food Coloring

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    Add the Food Coloring. Stephanie Gallagher

    Once you have the vinegar and hot water in the containers for your Easter eggs, add a few drops of food coloring to each container. Ordinary food coloring will do, but you can also buy dyes specifically intended for eggs. 

    Unusual colors can be created by mixing different food colorings, but be careful not to end up with muddy gray colors. 

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    Step 3: Dip the Eggs

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    Dip the Eggs in the Dye. Stephanie Gallagher

    Dip each egg in a dye cup, allowing to sit for several minutes to absorb color. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the hue will be.

    Use a spoon to remove the egg from the dye.

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    Step 4: Dry the Eggs

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    Place the Colored Easter Eggs in a Container. Stephanie Gallagher

    Wipe the water off with a paper towel, and place the eggs in a container, such as an empty egg carton to dry.

    Once you've finished drying the eggs, store them in the refrigerator.


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    Tie-Dye Variation: Step 1

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    Place the Eggs in a Colander. Stephanie Gallagher

    An interesting tie-dye color pattern can be created by using a slightly different method of coloring the eggs. 

    First, place the cooled hard-boiled eggs in a colander in the sink.

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    Tie-dye Variation: Step 2

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    Add a Few Drops of Food Coloring. Stephanie Gallagher

    Add a few drops of food coloring over the tops of the eggs in the colander. Jiggle the eggs very gently, so the food coloring spills over all the sides of the eggs, creating colorful streaks. Be careful not to crack the eggs.

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    Tie-Dye Variation: Step 3

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    Rinse the Eggs. Stephanie Gallagher

    Rinse the eggs under cool water to remove excess dye. Return them to the colander for the next step.

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    Tie-Dye Variation: Step 4

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    Add a Few Drops of a New Color to the Eggs. Stephanie Gallagher

    Now add a few drops of a new color of food coloring to the eggs in the colander. Again, very gently, jiggle the colander so the eggs touch each other and spread the dye all around.

    Rinse the eggs with cold water, then repeat the entire process with a third color.


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    Tie-Dye Variation: Step 4

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    Rinse and Store the Colored Eggs. Stephanie Gallagher

    After you've added the final color, rinse the eggs a final time. Dry the eggs with a paper towel, then place them in an egg carton or other container, and allow them to dry. Once they have dried, s tore the eggs in the refrigerator.