With April quickly approaching, Easter is only 2 weeks away! I have always loved decorating Easter eggs! There’s no limit in creativity when it comes to designing! Typically, I dye my eggs as opposed to painting them.
This year, I plan to try out two new methods for egg dyeing. The first is called “the silk tie” method. It involves wrapping raw eggs in silk neckties and then boiling them. Once unwrapped, the beautiful designs of the neckties are transferred to the eggs! I also wanted to try naturally dyeing eggs by using fruits, vegetables and spices. This method can take a few hours to reach the desired colours, but I can’t wait to try it out!
For today, I went with my #1 tried and tested method that uses 3 simple ingredients: water, white vinegar and food colouring. You can either use blown out eggs or hard boiled for this project. To start, fill a small glass about half way with water. Add a teaspoon of vinegar and 10-20 drops of food colouring. Do this for each colour that you have. For my eggs, I chose red, yellow and green but feel free to mix colours!
Place an egg in the glass and use a spoon to hold it down and keep it submerged. For a light pastel colour, you’ll only want to wait for about a minute or two. For a more vibrant colour, keep the egg submerged for four to five minutes (Pro Tip: You can use an egg carton as a drying rack by turning it upside down and placing the eggs between the spaces!). And voila! You’ll have a bunch of perfectly coloured Easter eggs! For me, it didn’t stop there! I grabbed a couple of white chalk markers and drew on some cute patterns like hearts and polka dots! An alternative to this would be to cut out your shapes and patterns from electrical tape and tape them to your eggs before dyeing them. Once they’ve dried, you can peel off the tape revealing the beautiful designs! Place your dyed eggs in a basket to make a festive spring display for your home!
What is your favourite method for egg dyeing? Let me know in the comments! And if you decide to give this method a try, be sure to snap a photo and tag it #chicmacherie so I can see your wonderful designs!