There are many ways to dye eggs. The most popular methods are described below.
Ensure children are supervised by adults when working with hot water; and always make sure that you are in a well-ventilated area when using dyes (no matter what kind).
White eggs work the best with pale colours, but brown or cream eggs will work just as well.
Remember, if you use food colour dyes or natural dyes your eggs should be OK to eat. But we don't recommend that you eat eggs that have been dyed with crepe paper, crayons, fabric dyes or any other kind of dyes.
Various food and plant items
Sauce pans for each color
1. Pour 1 cup of water in each sauce pan. Add cut-up fruit, vegetables or plants (carrots, blueberries, lawn clippings, the brown outside skins of onions and coffee all work well). Bring to a boil and simmer until water turns a dark color. Don’t worry, the eggs will turn out much paler than the colour you see in the saucepan.
2. Remove from the saucepan from the heat and strain to remove the plant/vegetable material – reserve the water in a small deep dish.
3. When water is cool add boiled or blown eggs. Let sit until they turn the desired color. Turn the eggs occasionally if they are not completely covered by the coloured water.
4. Remove the eggs from the dish with slotted spoon and allow to dry.
5. Polish with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth (this brings out the colour)
crepe paper dye
Different color crepe paper
Small bowls or cups
Soak crepe paper in hot water in individual bowls or cups for each color. Add eggs and allow to sit in water until he desired color is achieved. Remove with slotted spoon and allow to dry. Polish with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.
food colouring dye
Small bowls or cups
For each color measure 1/4 tsp. food coloring in small bowl. Add 3/4 cup hot water and 1 tbsp. white vinegar to each color. Add eggs and allow to sit until they are the desired color. Remove with slotted spoon. Polish dry eggs with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.
Egg dyes in different colors
Draw a heavy crayon patter on hard boiled egg. Dip egg in egg dye preferably a dark color. Leave in dye until desired color is reached. Remove with slotted spoon and place in 200 degree Celsius oven for a few minutes until wax is melted. Wipe with paper towel and dip again in lighter dye to fill in pattern where wax was. Polish finished eggs with cooking oil and soft cloth.
dip & dye eggs
Different color egg dye
Stick a pattern of masking tap on plain hard boiled egg. Dip egg in egg dye and leave until desired color is reached. Remove with slotted spoon and air dry. Remove masking tape when dry. Leave masked areas white or dip again in another lighter dye. Polish finished egg with cooking oil and soft cloth.