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How to Dye Easter Eggs the Easy Way

Learn how to dye the prettiest Easter eggs with these easy tips and tricks.


Dyeing Easter Eggs

Dyeing Easter Eggs | Photo by Meredith

Getting Started

  • To start, cover a table with layers of old newspaper to soak up any spills.
  • Use empty egg cartons as drying racks. Keep paper towels handy to blot off any dye that pools underneath the eggs.
  • For colorfast egg dyes, mix 7-8 drops of food coloring into 1 cup of hot water. Stir in 1/4 cup vinegar. For more intense colors, use small amounts of professional-quality food coloring gels or pastes, available at craft, cake decorating and kitchen supply stores.
  • If you're doing multi-colored eggs, let them dry thoroughly between coats of dye.



Egg Dyeing Supplies | Photo by Meredith

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Special Effects

  • For spattered eggs, dip egg in a base color and let dry. Dip a clean toothbrush in a contrasting liquid color and carefully flick bristles with your fingers to make paint splatter onto egg.
  • For marbleized eggs, coat eggs with a base color and let dry. Mix canola or other light cooking oil into another color of dye (1 teaspoon oil per cup of dye) and quickly dunk eggs. The oil will repel color in some places and the dye will adhere in others, creating a marbled effect.


Marble Patterned Easter Eggs

Marble Patterned Easter Eggs | Photo by Meredith

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Pysanky: Ukranian Easter Eggs | Photo by Vanessa Greaves

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