I kept seeing images of beautifully dyed, bright colored eggs and I knew with Easter coming up this weekend, it was time to dye Easter eggs. Usually, we dye our eggs with Kool-Aid and have great results with fun, bright colors and as a bonus, they smell good too! This year, I decided to look further into all the pictures of eggs I was seeing and to try out some different dye methods. I boiled a bunch of eggs, gathered up the needed supplies, and got my 2 girls to spend the afternoon with me testing out various dye methods. Here’s what we tried, along with our results.

Drip-Dyed

Materials needed:

  • Eggs
  • Food Coloring
  • Spray Bottle with Water
  • Bottle caps or Egg Carton
  1. Stand an egg up on a bottle cap or an upside down egg carton (resting the egg between the cups).
  2. Drip 1-4 drops of first food coloring on top of the egg. Spray with water.
  3. Repeat with additional colors.

I have to say, this method was fun-  my girls were amazed watching the colors run together to make new colors. And what kid doesn’t love squirting water out of a spray bottle? The eggs came out fairly bright colorful. I would rate this as a success!

Marbelized Eggs with Shaving Cream

Materials needed:

  • Eggs
  • Food Coloring
  • Shaving Cream
  • Cookie Sheet
  1. Spread a thick layer of shaving cream on a cookie sheet.
  2. Add 4-5 drops of food coloring to a small section and mix it around with a toothpick, straw, or pencil- don’t over mix it!
  3. Roll an egg in the dyed shaving cream and let the shaving cream set on the egg’s surface for about 10 minutes. Pat excess off with paper towels.

We’ve done this several times at the studio with paper and paint- so I thought it would be great on the eggs- and it’s a lot of fun too. I was so disappointed in how these turned out. The colors weren’t very bright, and it didn’t work well to pat the shaving cream off the eggs- it ended up smearing the food coloring and we lost the marbelized look. I tried it again with acrylic paint, and that didn’t work well either. I’m no scientist, but I think it may have been because the eggs were hardboiled and then refrigerated and kept sweating, not allowing the paint to stick. Either way, these were a fail in my opinion. Yes, it was fun to play in the shaving cream, but the eggs didn’t really turn out and that was disappointing.

Bubble Eggs

Materials needed:

  • Eggs
  • Food Coloring
  • Water
  • Dish Soap
  1. Mix 2 Tbs. dish soap with 1 tsp water and 10-15 drops of dye
  2. Blow into the solution with a straw and then stir vigorously.
  3. Dip an egg into just the bubbles and let dry

You definitely need to follow the measurements for this! On our first attempt, we had too much water and not enough soap- which did not work at all. The second time we did it, it worked and the eggs were bright, but it was hard to blow the bubbles, stir and get the egg in just the bubbles because there wasn’t much there. We do something similar to this sometimes at Creative Edge Art Studio, and I would caution against doing this with younger kids- they tend to suck on the straw instead of blowing and can end up with a mouth full of soap. YUCK! The soap also gets kind of gummy on the eggs, so you can’t move them around or handle them much without them smudging and getting messed up. I suppose I would say this was a success because the eggs look nice, though it’s not one of my favorite results.

Rice Shake Eggs

Materials needed:

  • Eggs
  • Food Coloring
  • Ziploc Bag
  • Rice
  • Spoon
  1. Pour about a cup of rice in a Ziploc bag.
  2. Add 5-6 drops of food coloring and stir with a spoon.
  3. Put the egg in and toss and shake- just not too hard!
  4. Take out and let dry.

These came out bright and were definitely easy without a lot of clean up! Success!

I think next year I’ll stick to using Kool-Aid, or maybe I’ll see some other techniques to try out. Who knew dying eggs could be so egg-asperating? I’d love to hear how you dye your eggs for Easter. Maybe some of you have tried some of these methods and had more success then we did. What are your tips and tricks?