The best tradition of Easter? Dying eggs of course! Sure you could spend an afternoon with some hard boiled ones and a grocery store bought kit but why stop there? Follow my directions for eggs you can keep for years! I still have some of the eggs I dyed as a child and my girls love going through theirs every spring. With a few simple steps, you can have decorations galore, all from the simple, incredible egg. Well the shell at least…
To save your eggs, instead of boiling, blow them out. Take your eggs, punch a small hole with a needle or paring knife in each end and then shake or blow through one end so the egg contents land in a bowl. Rinse the egg shell out lightly with water and set aside. Now it’s time to start dyeing. Mark each egg in wax pencil before dyeing (wax pencils are available in almost every grocery store dye set.) If you prefer to eat your eggs after dyeing here some some tips on how to do it safely.
This is a great guide that will walk you through the basics of getting bright colors and an even dye job.
Now it’s time to have some fun!
My favorite easy DIY tips to up the game with the grocery store sets:
-wrap rubber bands lightly around the eggs before dying for a tie dye effect
-fill sandwich size bags with dollar store glitter, then gently place dyed eggs in the bag and roll around for incredible glittery eggs
-gradually increase the amount of water in the dye cups for layered color eggs, as seen here
-draw designs with either a wax pencil (shave down the tip with a paring knife to get a point capable of detailing) or a fine tip permanent marker, both will show through the dye
-wrap your eggs in old doilies or lace handkerchiefs before dipping into dye for easy patterned eggs, as seen here
If the store is out of dye sets or you can’t make it there, try some drink mix eggs. These are super simple and smell delicious. Ah, I the smell of Kool Aid in the morning.
Dyes using food coloring all at the rage here along with other easy tips (a woman after my own heart.)
For more fun Easter/Spring ideas, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
- Easy Easter Craft: Washcloth Bunny by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- Easy DIY Garden Markers by A Mom’s Take
- Bunny Cupcakes by This Mama Loves
- Simple Spring Wreath by Simply Southern Mom
- Carrot (Cake) Cupcakes by Mom Does It All
- DIY Homemade Bird Feeder by My So Called Balanced Life
- Edible Easter Placemats by Two Boys One Girl and a Crazy Mom
- DIY Colorful Spring Wreath by Home and Garden Cafe
- Monogrammed Earrings by How Was Your Day
- Nest Necklace by Style on Maine
- Fun and Healthy Easter Recipe for Kids: Crepe Cookies by Our Family World
- Make an Easy Painted Eggs Easter Craft with Dollar Store Supplies by My Kids Guide
- Spring Tea Party with Lemon and Ginger Scones by Day by Day in Our World
- Spring Button Canvas by Better in Bulk
- Carrot Cake Cookie Cups by About a Mom
- Spring Tulle Wreath by Upstate Ramblings
- Easy DIY Spring Tote Bag for Girls by Philzendia
Photo Credit: Tim Pierce