Dyeing and painting eggs for Easter

You can either hard boil your eggs and then dye and/or paint them. If you want to keep them for the following year or hang them you’ll have to blow the egg yolks out. This part I didn’t do with the kids just because it’s a bit messy and needs a bit of puff to blow the egg out! Start by washing the eggs in warm soapy water. Then pierce the top of the egg with a nail or sharp pointed knife creating a small hole. Turn the egg over in the carton and repeat the same thing on the base wider part of the egg but this time make the hole just a little larger than the top. Also wiggle the nail around inside the egg to break the yolk up.DSCN5429DSCN5430

Once you’ve done that either use a straw to blow through the top hole in the egg or just blow through the top making a tight seal with your lips. Once all the egg is out then give the egg shell a good wash with water and let it dry.

To dye the eggs I used a solution of food colouring ,warm water, and vinegar.

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Use 1 cup of warm water, 1 tsp vinegar, 1 tsp food colouring. Protect the surface with newspaper or old tea towel as food colouring stains really easily!

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If you’re using brown eggs like us you’ll find you have to leave the eggs in the dye for a while turning them from time to time to get a good bright colour. Then you can place them back in the carton to dry. I think they look beautiful just like this but the girls were keen to paint them too.

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You can try using a straw to create a circle shape or tooth pick for tiny lines.

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Once the top of the painted eggs are completely dry flip them over and paint the bottom. We will probably hang ours up somewhere!

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