Dye Eggs with Food Coloring and you will always be able to color Easter Eggs without a kit!
Once you learn how to dye easter eggs with food coloring and you’ll never need to worry when you’re without a kit again! Simply color easter eggs with food coloring and water, vinegar optional.
How to dye Easter eggs
It’s easy to make your own food coloring egg dye to color easter eggs without a kit ! To dye eggs with food coloring simply color easter eggs with food coloring and a few other simple supplies.
After dying eggs with food coloring you can use them to make Cacarones confetti filled eggs or just classic hard boiled egg Easter eggs. It’s such an easy way to dye easter eggs at home! It may even be the easiest way to dye eggs. Looking for a different way to color Easter eggs? Check out these Fabric Dyed Easter Eggs!
- Eggs – you can use white eggs, brown eggs or any color egg for Easter eggs! It will just make for a range of different egg colors. Typically hard boiled eggs are used for Easter eggs. But you can also use empty egg shells if you’d like to make cascarones or save the eggs for decoration. You can even dye hard boiled eggs without the shells to make colorful Easter devilled eggs. Typically raw eggs are only used with natural food dye because the eggs are boiled in the solution. And raw eggs are prone to breaking when children plop the eggs in the dye.
- Liquid food coloring – any food coloring kit you have with any colors you choose. You can dye eggs with with gel food coloring. But you will not need as much, only about ¼ the # of drops as liquid food coloring. And egg dye will need to be stirred in order for the gel to dissolve.
- Vinegar – vinegar in the water helps you get vibrant Easter eggs. But you can dye eggs without vinegar and still have vibrant colored eggs. Simply leave them in the solution for longer. Apple cider vinegar can be used to dye eggs. Or you can use white vinegar or rice vinegar to dye eggs.
- Hot water – using hot water in the food coloring egg dye will also help you get vibrant Easter eggs. But if coloring eggs with young kids lukewarm water should be substituted to reduce the risk of burn.
Step by step instructions
- Prepare eggs. Either hard boil eggs, or empty egg shells if you’d like to make cascarones or save the eggs for decoration after Easter.
- When ready to color eggs prepare the work area by covering with newspaper, craft paper or a plastic tablecloth. Have plenty of napkins handly for little decorators to dry their hands on or to clean up any spills.
- To reduce mess place small cups or glasses into a pan or baking sheet. Any heat safe cup can work but clear glass is nice to be able to see the dye colors.
- Fill each cup with vinegar, food coloring mix and boiling hot water.
- Using a slotted spoon, wire egg holder, whisk or tongs carefully dip eggs in dye for about 5 minutes. Or until eggs reach desired color. How vibrant the eggs turn out depends on the amount of vinegar and hot the water is. For young children use warm water and allow the eggs to soak for longer.
- Remove eggs from dye and allow to dry.
- Enjoy! Looking for something new to do with Easter eggs? Try this fun egg themed egg game with egg shells called Cascarones!
How to mix colors for egg dye
You can create any color using the primary colors or red, blue and yellow. Classic food coloring kits typically also contain green. Of course there’s the classic combinations. Yellow and red make orange. Blue and yellow make green. And red and blue make purple. But with this Easter egg food coloring mixing chart you can create a whole range of colors!
- Red – 20 drops red
- Blue – 20 drops blue
- Yellow – 20 drops yellow
- Green – 20 drops green
- Neon green – 16 drops yellow + 4 drops blue
- Mint green – 14 drops green + 6 drops yellow
- Orange – 17 drops yellow + 3 drops red
- Purple – 5 drops red + 15 drops blue
- Teal – 5 drops blue + 15 drops green
- Pink – 14 red + 6 blue
- 24 large eggs or any size you have
- 1 pack food coloring red, blue and yellow and others optional
- ¼ cup vinegar
- 4 cups boiling water
- newspaper optional to reduce mess
- Hard boil eggs, or empty egg shells using a pin and blowing eggs out.
- When ready to color eggs prepare the work area by covering with newspaper, craft paper or a plastic tablecloth.
- Place dye cups into a pan or baking sheet ro reduce spills.
- Fill dye cups with a tablespoon or two of vinegar and 10-20 drops of food coloring. Top off with about ⅔ cup of boiling hot water. Repeat for each desired color.
- Using a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs carefully dip eggs in dye for about 5 minutes, or until they reach the desired color, leave longer for more vibrant colors.
- Remove eggs from dye and allow to dry.