Growing up, we always dyed eggs to celebrate Easter. One year, my younger brothers (Chris and Matt) decided to enter an egg-dying contest. Armed with a big bowl of hard-boiled eggs, they dipped each one in every single color. The result was a murky brown color … not at all what my mom had in mind! But undeterred, Chris and Matt proceeded to rub the still-damp eggs between their palms, creating—to our surprise—a magnificent swirl of colors. The effect was phenomenal; my mom likened the eggs to rare stones. And sure enough, those little gems won first prize!
Jack and I are enjoying dying eggs this year. It’s such a great activity for kids of all ages. Easy and cheap, and fun, too! All you need are eggs, vinegar, food coloring, and water. (And old towels if you are working inside.) The recipe is below.
COLORFUL EASTER EGGS
Makes 24 eggs
24 white hard-boiled eggs or blown-out egg shells
For each color:
½ cup boiling water
1 teaspoon white vinegar
5 – 10 drops assorted food coloring (depending on desired darkness)
Set the hard-boiled eggs or blown-out egg shells in their cartons on the table. If you don’t have the cartons, you can set the eggs in mini- or full-size muffin tins.
Place about 6 cups of water in a pot and bring to boil. Set out separate small bowls for each color.
To make one color: In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 5-10 drops food coloring. Use a separate bowl for each color. Combine colors, if desired.
To dye eggs: Working with one egg at a time, immerse an egg in the dye, turning to ensure even coloring, until desired color is achieved. Using a slotted spoon or your fingers, remove egg from the dye and place in the empty egg cartons to dry.