Not-so-normal dyed eggs

2 04 2010

A lot of people dye eggs for the spring time. You can dye hard-boiled eggs to make a fun looking snack, or empty out your eggs and dye them, and then turn them into cascarones. I made the hard-boiled version and used some cool dyeing tips from here. Check it out!

Supplies:

Eggs, hard-boiled or with the yolks blown out
Electrical tape
Scissors
Crayons
Cups or bowls that fit an egg
Spoons
Vinegar
Food coloring
Paper towels
Baking pan

1. Before you start dyeing your eggs, get all of your supplies ready.  While my eggs were cooling off from boiling, I made cutouts to use on my eggs and made the dye. For each color of dye, use one cup of hot water, one teaspoon of white vinegar, and follow the instructions on the food coloring box to make the colors you want.

2. To make a spiral design, take a thin strip of electrical tape and wrap it all the way around the egg. Then dip the egg in a light color like yellow or green and leave it in the bowl or cup until it’s the color you want it to be.  Remove the egg and wipe it with a paper towel. Remove the tape and make a spiral on the egg in the opposite direction. Pick a darker color like blue and dip the egg in and wait for the color you want.  Then take the egg out and dry it off again. Finally, remove the tape.

I used green first and then blue.

3. To make a cool letter or shape design, place your letter or shape electrical tape cutout on the egg and place it in a light color dye, just like with the spiral. Remove the egg when it becomes the color you want and wipe off the extra dye.  Then move your letter or shape a little bit to the right or left. Dye it in a darker color, remove and dry, and take off the tape cutout.

For my square cutouts, I used red first and then blue.

4. To make a design with crayons, take an egg and draw a design on it with a crayon, then dye it.  Dry off the egg and have an adult place it in the oven on a baking pan at 225 degrees. Leave it in there 5-10 minutes, or until the crayon design is shiny, meaning it’s starting to melt.  Have an adult remove the eggs. Once the eggs cool down enough to be touched, wipe off the crayon design.

5. Enjoy all of your different eggs!

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