While I was at Blissdom Hershey invited me to share some Easter tips for the Bunnytrail, in exchange we got to design our own Easter basket. One of our favorite parts of Easter in our family is coloring the eggs for decoration, eating and hunting. Growing up there was only one way to decorate eggs, coloring them with the little colored pills and the stinging smell of vinegar. This is no longer the case, in fact now there are several ways to decorate eggs that were not thought of in the 80’s.
Natural Egg Dying
Before coloring your eggs you’ll want to wash and thoroughly dry them to remove any oils that may be hanging on, these would stop the dye from clinging to the shell.
Completely submerge the eggs in water, allow them to boil for 15 minutes and then let them sit for another 5-10 minutes.
Now your eggs are ready to color naturally, mix the natural ingredients with a teaspoon or so of vinegar and bring to a boil, allow the eggs to sit in the mixture for 20-30 minutes (or longer if you desire a darker shade).
Egg Dying Alternatives
If all of that still sounds a little too messy for you, try these other alternatives to Easter egg dying:
- 1) Gather your favorite Easter/Spring stickers and after thoroughly drying the eggs let your kids go crazy decorating them.
- 2) Pull out the glue, mix it with a bit of water and spread it over the eggs. Roll the eggs in glitter or paper confetti for a sparkly hunt.
- 3) Use glitter pens to decorate the dry eggs with hand drawn designs.
Know of another way to decorate eggs? Share them here in the comments!
Image Credit: Plutor
Disclosure: I was given an Easter Basket filled with Hershey goodies, all thoughts on natural egg dying are my own.
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