When I’m stuck with no where else to turn, I turn to Martha Stewart for answers on everything homemade.
Year after year, I get stuck purchasing the same Easter Egg dying kits over and over and every year, despite new packaging and promises, I get let down over the quality of the dye. Last year, I said enough was enough and after finding a dye recipe in a MS magazine, I’ll never turn back.
My eggs have never looked better.
Martha Stewart’s Easter Egg Dyeing 101:
- Protect your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) in 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you submerge an egg completely.
- To create different tints of a color, vary dipping times: Submerge eggs for less than 5 minutes for light colors, and leave the egg in for 10 minutes or more for deeper shades. Using tongs makes handling the eggs easy.
- To make a two-color egg, dye the whole egg first in a light color, let dry for 15 minutes, and then submerge half into a darker color
- A drying rack made with pins and foam board keeps things neat.
- Adhere common supplies such as tape, stickers, or even little leaves to eggs; when you dye the eggs and remove the “masks,” the designs stand out.