Tips for Dyeing Your Easter Eggs

When it comes to dyeing Easter eggs, it seems like there is nothing that you can really do wrong.  All you do is dunk an egg in some water, vinegar, and food coloring, right?  Well, the world of Easter eggs is actually much broader than what you may be acquainted with.  Follow these tips to maximize your Easter egg dyeing experience:  here are some great tips for dyeing your Easter eggs that will really help you create the most beautiful Easter eggs you have ever made.

Tip one: you don’t necessarily have to hard boil your eggs

Easter eggs are always hard boiled, right?  Wrong!  You can dye both hard boiled eggs and empty eggs.  It depends on what you really want from your Easter eggs and what you really need based on your family.  If you want a very sturdy egg that will hold up to an Easter egg hunt and that you can hide in trees and under bushes, then you will want to hard boil your Easter egg.  Hard boiled eggs are better for little kids because they are much sturdier, are easier to dye because you don’t have to worry as much about breaking them, and you can eat them afterwards.

However, if you want to keep your beautifully dyed Easter eggs for a longer period of time, then empty Easter eggs are the way to go.  Empty eggs can be brought out year after year after year, which is a great option if you are creating true works of art, such as Polish-dyed Easter eggs.  If you want to strengthen your Easter eggs, you can cover them with layers of paper towels or other paper that are stuck on to the egg with either white glue or a basic home made flour-and-water paste.

Tip two: how to handle the Easter eggs

Make sure that every body involved in the Easter egg festivities washes his or her hands in hot soapy water before they deal with the eggs and after they handle the eggs.  This step is important even if the eggs have already been cooked and they have already been decorated!  This step is important because you need to protect yourself from any bacteria that may be on the egg.  In addition, you need to protect the eggshell from any oil that you have on your hands that may block the egg dye from sticking to the egg.

Speaking of handling eggs, one of the most difficult things about egg decorating is holding on to the egg while you are decorating it!  Paas, the champions of egg dyeing accessories and dyes, manufactures a “grip n dip” that helps you hold on to the egg so that you don’t accidentally drop the egg.  This particular egg dyeing accessory is great for little kids.

Tip three: egg-cessorize!

Don’t let your Easter eggs to be boring and bland!  Egg-cessorize!  Gather up a bunch of ribbons and bows, some buttons and a bunch of stickers, sequins, glitter, and all sorts of other embellishments.  You can also find some exciting metallic paints and other touches that can really spice up your Easter celebration!

If you need a refresher course on how to hard boil eggs, here’s a brief overview:

Put the eggs in a large pot.  Keep them in one layer.  Cover the eggs with water so that the eggs are covered by one inch of water.  Bring the water to a boil, and then boil the eggs for 12 minutes.  Then remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon, and plunge the eggs into a bowl of ice water immediately in order to stop the cooking process.