Trying to figure out the BEST WAY to color bright Easter Eggs? Looking for unique dyed Easter egg ideas? Need a last minute Easter egg decorating idea or want to know how to dye Easter Eggs without a kit?
Have you ever wondered how you get those really vibrant colors and really bright Easter eggs? If you want BEAUTIFUL eggs for your Easter celebration you’ll want to see the unique way that we dye Easter eggs.
There is a secret to creating eye popping, bright easter eggs. It doesn’t come from those store bought Easter egg dying kits and you can’t achieve it with regular food coloring and natural dyes won’t work either. But there is an easy way to get darker colors and brighter colors.
Today we’re going to show you our method and share some ideas with you on how you can get unique egg colors. We’re going to be creating what is usually called lace dyed Easter Eggs but they’re also known as fabric dyed Easter eggs or Mermaid dyed easter eggs. Let’s check out the final product!
This is such a simple idea and so much fun for kids of all ages. You’ll make beautiful Easter traditions with younger kids and older kids with dyed eggs. These also look beautiful in Easter baskets.
We’ll show you creative ways to get brighter eggs without Easter egg dye kits. These Easter egg designs pop with Robin’s egg blue, purple & neon pink. The intensity of color can be achieved with hard boil eggs that have been dyed with vinegar AND gel food coloring.
Vinegar helps to set the color and make it more vibrant. When an egg is placed in a dye solution that contains vinegar, the acidic nature of the vinegar causes the eggshell to soften slightly, allowing the dye to penetrate and color the egg more evenly. In addition to this, vinegar helps to create a chemical reaction with the dye which leads to the formation of a stronger bond between the dye and the eggshell.
Gel food coloring has a thicker, more concentrated consistency than water-based food coloring. It’s generally more intense and vibrant than water-based food coloring. Because it is more concentrated, you need less of it to achieve the desired color.
Gel food coloring has a longer shelf life than water-based food coloring. It can be stored at room temperature for several months without spoiling or losing its color, whereas water-based food coloring may start to fade or spoil over time. Gel food coloring is our secret weapon to achieving bright Easter Eggs! Just LOOK at these bright colors!
This quick and easy homemade Easter egg dye recipe is the secret to brightly colored eggs and darker colored eggs. More specifically, the gel food coloring gives you a MUCH brighter egg. Gel food coloring has more concentrated pigments then run of the mill water based food coloring you find in the grocery store baking aisle. You’ll find that you use a lot less and get better results from it.
You can use white eggs or brown eggs but note that brown eggs will come out much darker. I would avoid those dark red eggs you sometimes get from the farm stand. You should only use hard boiled eggs. For best results use thick lace & poly mesh. Easter egg decorating is fun for little kids up to grown adults so get the whole family involved!
THE BEST Way To Color BRIGHT Easter Eggs Supply List:
- Gel Food Coloring (Various Colors – Avoid Yellow and Orange)
- Thick Lace
- Poly Deco Mesh
- Rubber Bands
- Several Small Bowls or Small Wide Mouth Glasses
- Slotted Spoon
- Paper Towels
- Hard-boiled Eggs (do not use raw eggs!)
- Measuring Cup
Homemade Egg Dye Recipe (ratios are for each color used)
- 1 Cup of Water (Hot)
- 1 Teaspoon White Vinegar (Can Substitute Lemon Juice in a pinch)
- 2-4 drops of Gel Food Coloring (to start..add more if needed)
Next, you’ll want to make all the different colors to place eggs in. Set up all the bowls or glasses you’ll be using for the dye bath. Bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove. Turn the heat off and allow the water to cool off a bit but still remain hot. Add 1 cup of hot water to each cup or bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar, gel food coloring and mix with a spoon until completely combined. Repeat for each color to be used. Keep scrolling for the step by instructions on how to make decorated Eggs.
How to Color Bright Easter Eggs Step by Step
STEP ONE- Wrap your Eggs in Poly Deco Mesh
Carefully wrap each egg with Poly Deco Mesh and close with a Rubber Band at the top. For best results you’ll want to try and get the mesh as close to the egg as possible without any gaps or loose mesh. You want the mesh to act like a stencil. Repeat for all the eggs you want to try with this method
STEP TWO- Wrap Your Remaining Eggs in Lace
Carefully wrap each egg with Thick Lace and close with a Rubber Band at the top. For best results you’ll want to try and get the lace as close to the egg as possible without any gaps or loose lace. You want the lace to act like a stencil that protects the egg from the dye. Repeat for all the remaining eggs you want to try with this method.
STEP THREE- Dip the Eggs in the Homemade Egg Dye
Dip the whole egg in the dye for a about 10-30 seconds and pull it out to see if it has reached the desired color or not. This homemade Easter egg dye is pretty strong. The longer you leave it in the egg dye the darker the egg will be.
I did notice that leaving the egg in the dye too long made the egg really dark and washed out the lace and mesh designs so check often! If you lose the egg in the dye you can use a slotted spoon to fish it out.
STEP FOUR- Place Dyed Egg onto a Paper Towel
Place the dyed egg onto a paper towel to absorb any excess dye. Pat any excess dye left on the egg itself with another paper towel. Allow the egg to sit for about 2 minute before carefully cutting away the lace and carefully peeling it away from the egg. Allow the egg to fully dry before handling (in a single layer)…about 10 minutes. Repeat this process until you’ve dyed all of your Easter eggs with lace or deco mesh.
Don’t you just LOVE these homemade Easter Eggs!?!?! Just imagine the compliments at the easter egg hunt! This really is THE BEST Way To Color BRIGHT Easter Eggs. The gel food coloring makes all the difference in the world so don’t use water based food dye. This is a fun activity for the entire family so get them involved! I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this fun DIY craft for Easter!
If you love DIY, crafts & decor be sure to check out some of our other cute crafts like the DIY Peeps Easter Gift +FREE Printable before you head out today!
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