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Easter Egg DIY

Dyeing eggs with your family is one the most fun traditions around Easter time. It creates lasting memories with your children or grandchildren and also gives you an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane. Whether you’re looking for a way to avoid getting too messy or you just want to have some fun, here are five new ideas for dyeing Easter eggs.

  1. Sharpies – If the idea of little bowls of dye lying around overwhelms you with fears of a mess, then try this simple idea of using fine tip sharpies and allow kids to create their own spring design.
  2. Crayons – Another mess-free option is to color on the eggs with crayons while they are still warm. The wax of the crayon will melt and stick to the egg as you write on it. With so many crayon varieties on the market today such as neon, glitter, original, the options for your creative design are nearly endless!
  3. Kool-Aid – if you’re looking for an option that is on-the-cheap but delivers great results, then check out what you can do with Kool-Aid. Combine 1 pack of Kool-Aid and 2/3 cups water and you have an awesome egg dye. And as an added bonus – they smell great!
  4. Crepe Paper Dye – Put a few strips of torn crepe paper or art tissue (the colors that say ‘bleed when wet’ work best) in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of vinegar then pour in a half cup of hot water and let sit. The longer you let it sit, the darker the color will be. When the color is your desired shade you can drop the eggs in for a few minutes to color and then let them dry.
  5. Natural Egg Coloring – Beets, Tumeric, Red Cabbage, Yellow Onion and Spinach can be used to make beautiful shades of Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange and Green dye respectively. Recipes and directions can be found at From Scratch Magazine.

Other tips:

  • Put the egg inside of a metal whisk and then drop the whisk in the dye to keep your hands clean.
  • Use leftover dye to color uncooked pasta for children to play with or make art out of
  • Write a secret message such as “Happy Easter” using white crayon on the egg and then dip it into the dye to reveal it.
  • Place a rubber band on the egg before dipping it in the dye to create a striped egg.

What is your favorite Easter family tradition? Share your favorite tradition with us in the comments section below. Have a Happy Easter!

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