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Easter Egg Dye Guide & Dye Color Recipes

Easy way to dye eggs: use wire whisk to hold eggs -

You don’t need an Easter egg dyeing kit (you know, the one that comes with dye tablets) to create gorgeous Easter eggs! You can create any color you want with just a box of food coloring! Today we have some great egg dyeing resources for you, including an egg coloring chart with recipes for any color you can imagine, as well as recipes for all the hottest must-have spring colors (like Pantone’s color of the year: Radiant Orchid!).

How to get the season's hottest colors -- for Easter eggs! Including #radiantorchid, Pantone's color of the year

To create vibrant dyes inspired by must-have spring colors, mix food color with ½ of cup of hot water and 1 teaspoon of vinegar. Submerge eggs for at least five minutes:

How to mix a Radiant Orchid dye for your Easter eggs! #radiantorchid

    • Radiant Orchid – 7 drops blue, 3 drops neon purple
    • Hemlock – 3 drops blue, 12 drops green, 6 drops yellow
    • Cayenne – 14 drops red, 1 drop blue, 1 drop yellow
    • Dazzling Blue – 20 drops neon blue, 1 drop neon purple
    • Violet Tulip – 2 drops red, 20 drops blue
    • Freesia – 1 drop red, 45 drops yellow (25 drops=1/4 teaspoon)
    • Celosia Orange – 2 drops red, 17 drops yellow
    • Placid Blue – 4 drops blue

Here’s a handy color guide for creating your own custom egg dyeing colors:

Create any color of Easter Egg dye with this chart!

Everything you wanted to know about dyeing Easter eggs but were afraid to ask!

Everything you wanted to know about dyeing Easter Eggs but were afraid to ask!

Dazzling Egg Dyeing Tips

Paint your easter eggs instead of dipping

  • Paint: To create mini works of art, mix food color and 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar in a small container. Paint hard-cooked eggs with a small paintbrush or cotton swab to create a watercolor effect.

    Striped eggs made with rubber bands

  • Stripes: Before dyeing, place rubber bands on the eggs to create a design. Once dry, remove the rubber bands to reveal the pattern.
    How to make marbled easter eggs
  • Marbled: Mix 1/4 cup of boiling water, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon of oil and 4 to 8 drops of food color in a shallow bowl. Gently roll each egg in the mixture for about 30 seconds, or until it is the desired shade. Transfer the egg to a second color mixture and repeat the process. Allow the egg to dry then wipe away excess oil with a paper towel.
    How to make two-toned easter eggs
  • Two-Tone or Three-Color Eggs: Dip top half of a hard-cooked egg in one color and the bottom half in another. Or, dip each half of the egg in the color for different lengths of time, creating different shades of the same color for an ombre effect.
  • Personalized Designs: Customize your eggs before dyeing with these fun ideas:
    • Place stickers – such as dots, chicks or other springtime favorites – on the eggs to create a design. Once dry, remove stickers to see your masterpiece.
    • Draw zig zags, swirls or pictures on eggs with a light-colored crayon before dyeing. Or write your guests’ initials on the eggs for Easter brunch place cards.

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