Dye your Easter eggs a custom color you won’t find in a kit!
Below you can find some creative food color combinations for Easter egg dye recipes to bring seasonal hues to your Easter basket. Some of these ideas feature shades inspired by the Pantone Spring Fashion Color Report.
Easter egg dye recipes
Making a true rainbow of colored Easter eggs is as simple as adding food color to 1/2 cup boiling water and one teaspoon of vinegar.
Here are just a few Easter egg dye recipes:
Marsala – 20 drops red, 4 drops blue, 10 drops green
Aquamarine – 5 drops blue
Scuba Blue -15 drops blue, 15 drops neon blue
Lucite Green – 10 drops green, 2 drops blue
Strawberry Ice – 20 drops red, 1 drop blue, 1 drop green
Tangerine – 5 drops red, 24 drops yellow, 1 drop green
Lavender Herb – 2 drops blue, 1 drop red, 1 drop green
And remember: You don’t need to hide all of the eggs you dye. In fact, do the opposite, and make a fashionable Easter centerpiece, like the one shown above! Just place a small vase filled with flowers inside a larger clear glass vase, and fill the open space with dyed eggs.
Easter egg dyeing tips
Kids will love fun techniques like sponge painting, crackle color and tie-dyeing for a unique take on egg decorating.
To make basic egg dye, mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food color in a cup to achieve desired colors. Repeat for each color.
Karen Tack, decorating expert and the co-author of Hello, Cupcake!, shares these tips and tricks for decorating Easter eggs:
Sponge painting: In separate bowls, add food color to a few drops of vinegar. Dip different sponges into each bowl and lightly pat the colors on the egg for a speckled look.
Crackle color: Lightly crack the shell of a hard boiled egg with the back of a spoon. Place the eggs into a bowl of salted water tinted with food color and let stand for at least one hour. Peel, and you’ll have a beautiful crackle of color all over the eggs.
Tie-dyeing: Place a hard boiled egg in a colander in the kitchen sink. Splash it with some vinegar and then drop some food color onto it. Shake it in the colander gently for a few seconds to help spread the color. After 30 seconds, do the same thing with either one or two more food colors, depending on the look you want. Then, splash the egg with some water to soften the colors, and carefully let it dry.
Also see: Vintage natural egg dyeing methods