Egg dyeing has been a tradition in my family since I was a child. Every year, our German relatives bring us fun colours, dying sets and stickers so we’ve experimented with a lot over the years. Here is a selection of the funnest dyeing sets you should try – all from Germany!
- Marble effect colours
- Glittery colours
- These Easter-themed stickers
- The “Magic” pen
- These patterns (stick on egg and put in boiling water for 5 seconds – so easy!)
For those of you who have never heard of this, its a very festive activity to do around Easter time so I wanted to share with you this year’s batch. 😉
First up, hard boil your eggs (usually 7-8 minutes). Only take them out once you’re ready to dye them as it only works when the eggs are still warm.
While you’re waiting for them to cook, get some newspaper or anything to protect your surface as these colours really stain. Then, grab as many cups as you have colours and pour in water. Only fill the glasses 2/3rds up maximum as you don’t want them to overflow when you put the eggs in.
Next, pour in 2 tablespoons of vinegar in each of the cups (or as indicated on the back of your colour packs).
Then you can put a warm cooked egg into each of the containers. Wait 4-6 minutes depending on how strong you want the colour to be and take them out.
Let them dry for a little and repeat for the next eggs.
You can also dye half (or a third) of an egg one colour and the rest another. Scroll down to see some examples.
When you take them out, you’re left with a perfectly round egg with a little design on it. You can also colour the extremities of the eggs if you wish.
To finish, add some stickers for a little more Easter-y theme, and you’re done!
P.S. Its possible that the egg-white inside is a little coloured as well – especially if your egg cracked while boiling – but do not worry, its still perfectly edible!
Below, you can see a close up of my multicoloured eggs – I dyed one half orange, half yellow and another 1/3 pink, 1/3 yellow, 1/3 orange. For the 3-coloured one, I coloured the whole egg yellow first (its the lightest colour so wont mess up the other 2 colours) then dyed the extremities orange and pink.
Let me know how you get along and send me pictures of your creations!