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Easy Easter Craft: Dye Hard Boiled Eggs

April 3rd 2012 03:03
: Easy Easter Craft: Dye Hard Boiled Eggs
Easy and bright, dying hard boiled eggs is good easter fun... and healthier than chocolate

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Firstly hard boil some eggs. I recommend white shelled eggs, but if you only have brown eggs (as we did) they will work too.

To hard boil eggs taken from the fridge:

1. Heat water in a pot till boiling
2. Add your eggs carefully so you don't crack their shells. Use a spoon to lower them into the water if necessary.
3. Cover with the lid and boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat so that the water is just continuing to boil.
4. After 10 minutes, place the eggs into a bowl of cold water to start them cooling.
5. Once cool enough to handle, put them back into the fridge.

To dye the eggs:

1. Make up some bowls filled with dye:

-You need the dye to cover your eggs completely, so using a deep, narrow dish is best.

- I used "McCormick Assorted Food Colour and Egg dye" (picture of packet below). It worked really well. I'm sure there are loads of others out there to use too. My kids wanted blue and orange colours. As we used brown eggs, the blue colouring came out slightly greenish.

-To dye eggs, you will need to add vinegar. The proportions I used with these dyes were 1 cup of boiling water, 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 40 drops of the chosen colour (or colours if you are mixing. For example orange used 34 drops of yellow and 6 drops of red dye). If you are using another brand, follow the proportions recommended by the manufacturer.

2. (Optional) If you would like to try putting patterns on your eggs, you can draw on them with crayons or a candle. Crayons the colour of the egg shell, and white candles will leave your drawing "clear", resulting in an egg-shell coloured pattern. Otherwise use crayons of contrasting colours to the dye you are using. The wax stops the dye penetrating the egg-shell. It helps to wipe the egg dry with some paper towel before drawing.

3. Put the eggs into the dye (while the water is still hot) and leave for 5 or more minutes.

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Eggs in Dye

easter egg dye dying craft free instructions

4. Remove the eggs. Put them straight into the fridge to keep them for fresh for eating.

easter egg dye dying craft free instructions
Dyed Eggs

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easter egg hard boiled dye dying craft free instructions

5. Enjoy!


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