Egg Dyeing 101 – Tips from the best, Martha Stewart
Thank you Martha Stewart, we know you will always enlighten us! This is a great article to get you started dying and creating great Easter Eggs with the kids!
Egg Dyeing Basics
Eggs and dyes are the two central elements of Easter crafts. Decorating eggs perfectly isn’t hard; just follow our tips. If you want to save eggs from year to year or turn them into ornaments to hang from branches, blow them out instead of hard-boiling the eggs before dyeing them.
Tip: Try dyeing different types of eggs in order to vary the sizes — use quail for smaller and goose or ostrich for larger. Also consider dyeing brown eggs to alter the range of colors you can produce.
Step 1: Blow Out the Eggs
To empty a raw egg, begin by using the tip of a sharp utility knife to pierce both ends of the egg; turn the knife in one of the holes to widen it slightly. Then, poke a straightened paper clip through the larger hole to pierce and “stir” the yolk. Hold the egg, larger hole down, over a bowl, and then blow the contents out with a rubber ear syringe.
Step 2: Dye the Eggs
Protect your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) in 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you submerge an egg completely.
To create different tints of a color, vary dipping times: Submerge eggs for less than 5 minutes for light colors, and leave the egg in for 10 minutes or more for deeper shades. Using tongs makes handling the eggs easy.
To make a two-color egg, dye the whole egg first in a light color, let dry for 15 minutes, and then submerge half into a darker color (this idea works best for hard-boiled eggs).
Step 3: Let the Eggs Dry
A drying rack made with pins and foam board keeps things neat.
Here’s a Good Thing that will help you dry your eggs without making a mess. A homemade egg drying rack is simple to make and you can use it for years to come.
Tools and Materials
1/2-inch foam core, cut into about a 10-inch square
Egg Drying Rack How-To
1. Use 1/2 inch of foam core cut into a 10-inch square (you can make it as big or as small as you want).
2. Using a pencil and ruler, draw a grid.
3. Where the lines cross insert pins.
3. Place eggs on pins to dry.
Egg Dyeing Technique: Wax Resist
Once you’ve learned the basics, try some egg-decorating techniques.
Wax-resist is a technique that involves drawing on eggs with wax before you dip them in dye; the dye will adhere everywhere except the wax, revealing your design.
Adhere common supplies such as tape, stickers, or even little leaves to eggs; when you dye the eggs and remove the “masks,” the designs stand out.
Marbelizing is a technique that involves adding olive oil to egg dye to create beautiful, multi-colored swirls on the surface of your eggs.
Use rubber cement to create a look of dripped paint on your blown-out Easter eggs.
Creative Egg-Carrying Cases
Hand-dyed eggs make great gifts, but delivering them can be tricky. Save time and effort by buying plastic half-dozen-size cartons, which you can quickly turn into attractive carriers. We dressed ours up in scalloped organdy or sheets of tissue paper, and satin and grosgrain ribbon, and affixed card-stock tags with stamped greetings.