One of the most anticipated events during Easter season, besides hunting eggs, is dyeing/decorating them. Unfortunately, classic kits have become tiresome. Crafty or not, if you are adventurous, creative, or looking to spruce up some family-fun time, this year’s trend in egg-design will fit right in your basket!
Eggonomics: Using What You’ve Got
Most households are on a budget. Using what’s handy is a cool way to color eggs these days. Without going to the market, dyes can be concocted from items that already exist in your cabinets. Jello mix, Kool-Aid or packaged powder drinks, even sports drinks or juices — they all work.
Powdered recipes: Boil a cup of water, add 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and add a package of your favorite flavor/color. Once cooled, soak hard-boiled eggs in dye until desired color (2-10 minutes.) Hint: dye eggs in warm gelatin. If you wait too long, it will cool and harden.
Liquid coloring: Add 2 tablespoons white vinegar to a cup of liquid; soak hard-boiled eggs for 3-6 hours in dye in the refrigerator.
All the supplies you need for dyeing your Easter eggs are in your garden or produce section of your market. Fruits and vegetables, when boiled, color the water fabulously.
Dyeing ideas: Lemon peels for pastel yellow; Cranberries for sweet pink; Blackberries for purplish-lavender; Spinach generates a rich green. Beets produce a hearty red. (Broccoli does nothing but stink up the kitchen.)
Boil food in less than a cup water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar (5 minutes). Cover with lid and simmer (30 minutes). Once cooled, soak hard-boiled eggs until you see desired color. Hint: Leave food pulp/chunks in your dyeing bowl. This texture creates an artsy, marbleized look.
Egg-stra Ideas: Combining Natural and Synthetic
Using only organic materials may not completely generate your envisioned color. For example, the onion skins simmered for 4 hours might not be red enough. Add a little food coloring. Now it will be a unique shade!
Creating one-of-a-kind colors can be done as you would with paint. Experiment with mixing natural products with a safe, food-dye. This premise also translates well with design. Use dyes in shaving cream, roll egg around, wipe off, and you have a beautiful, unique, stained Easter treat.
No matter which trend you use, natural, store-bought, or combination of both, if you apply your creativity, you are sure to have fun and wind up with a great-looking holiday egg.