Design by the Dozen: Decorate Your Eggs with Untraditional Methods!

By Giggle Magazine
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Gone are the days of dropping little dye tablets into cups of vinegar to color your Easter Eggs. We searched high and low and came up with three fun and creative ways to decorate your eggs this year.

Puffy Paint

Thick puffy paint is a fun and quick way to decorate your eggs with three demential designs. The paint bottle, usually used for fabric, has a thin tip that makes easy painting a snap. Once you’ve finished painting, prop the egg up on a bottle cap to finish drying.

Natural Dyes

People have been coloring eggs throughout history. Try your hand at some of the more traditional methods by boiling onion skins, turmeric or red cabbage to create homemade dyes. See below for color variations!

Sponge Painting

Cut a small piece of kitchen sponge and dab into gold paint. Lightly sponge paint all around your egg for an elegant design with minimal effort! Tip: Paint over an already dyed egg for an even fancier look.

DIY Natural Egg Dye: An Easy How-to Guide

What You’ll Need

  • Room Temperature Eggs
  • Vinegar
  • Salt
  • Fresh Ingredient For Your Chosen Colors

For Blue, Try: Blueberries, Red Cabbage or Grape Juice

For Yellow, Try: Carrots, Turmeric or Cumin

For Red, Try: Red Onion Skins, Cherries or Paprika

For Green, Try: Spinach Leaves

For Purple, Try: Grape Juice

(Colors will vary depending on amount used, color of eggs and time left in dye)

  • If you are using a solid ingredient, such as cabbage, chop it up into small pieces and add to a pot with four cups of water. You will use approximately two cups of dyeing agent per four cups of water.
  • Bring to a boil and add your eggs.
  • When eggs are cooked and color has released from the dyeing agent, remove from dye and set aside.
  • Strain dye into a container with two tablespoons of vinegar and two tablespoons of salt. Mix well and carefully add eggs back to the dye.
  • Cover and allow eggs to refrigerate overnight in the solution to yield more vibrant colors.
  • For liquid ingredients, such as grape juice, mix with salt and vinegar and add to container. Carefully add a pre-cooked egg, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • To make your color pop even more, rub a small amount of olive oil over the dry, colored shells. This gives them a glossy shine!

*Giggle Tip: The color of your dye may not necessarily look like the ingredient you used. Use a marker and masking tape to label your containers!


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