Learn how to dye Easter eggs with bright, bold colors. In four easy steps turn plain white eggs into a rainbow of possibilities with a jumbo or standard muffin pan and your favorite food color.
Gather the kids together and have fun dying Easter eggs with this quick and easy decorating project. Using a jumbo or standard muffin pan and concentrated food coloring makes it a breeze to prepare several colors at once. Just dip, decorate and dry! Plus, cleanup is a breeze. It’s a great project for families to do together and a fun way to express your creativity. With this simple 4-step project, you’ll have Easter eggs the whole family can enjoy in no time.
This is enough to prepare one dye color; repeat for every color desired
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Color Right™ Concentrated Food Coloring
- 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
- ¾ cup boiling water
How to Dye Eggs
How to Hard-Boil Eggs
Place eggs in a saucepan and cover completely with cold water (up to an inch above the eggs). Place the pot over medium high heat and bring the water to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat, cover the pan and let the eggs sit for at least 12 to 15 minutes. Carefully drain the eggs, rinse in cold water and let come to room temperature before dyeing.
You can also add a teaspoon of salt to the water before boiling to make it easier to peel the eggs when you’re ready to eat!
Preparing Your Countertop
Keep messes at bay by prepping your countertops with paper towels or parchment paper. You can also use Disposable Counter Covers, which stick securely to your counter for easy cleanup.
How to Dye Easter Eggs
Prepare your color. Pour ¾ cup of boiling water into each muffin pan cup (while a jumbo muffin pan has cavities that make it easy to dunk an entire egg, a regular muffin pan works well too). Squeeze a few drops of concentrated food coloring into each cavity, stirring with a spoon until the color has distributed evenly. If you’re feeling creative, mix colors to create even more colorful options.
Add the vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to each prepared color, stirring to dissolve.
Start coloring! Using a metal spoon, lower your hard-boiled egg into the colored water. You can do a quick dip for a lighter color or let it soak for a darker shade. Try dipping each half in two different colors or dip one egg in several colors for a unique look!
Set your eggs aside to dry – either on the cooling grid or back in the carton.
Time to decorate! Once your eggs are dry, you can leave them as is or add even more decorations using FoodWriter edible markers. These markers are available in a variety of colors and are great for kids of all ages.
- Using our jumbo muffin pan means no need to clean tons of bowls
- Paper towels or parchment paper makes it easier to catch drips and keep your tabletop or countertops clean
- Use food-safe gloves to avoid staining your skin
- Leftover vinegar will help remove any dye stains from hands or hard surfaces
If you prefer to avoid the hot water and vinegar, here are some other fun ways to decorate your Easter eggs:
- Use FoodWriter edible markers to color directly on undyed, cooled eggs with this Easter Egg Doodle
- Have a moment of zen with these elegant black and white Easter eggs.
- Dab and blend icing colors for a boldly colored Tie-Dyed Easter egg.
Are you dyeing eggs with your family this year? Whether you try one idea or all of them, have fun with your Easter egg decorating! Share your favorite ways to decorate Easter eggs in the comments and be sure to tag us @wiltoncakes when you post photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!
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