Dyeing Easter eggs always seemed pretty simple when I did it as a child, and, don’t get me wrong, it is still pretty simple. However, it is also easy to end up with eggs that don’t actually look like the colors depicted on the Paas Easter Egg dyeing kit box. When that happens, it is really pilot error since the instructions clearly explain how to achieve different hues on your eggs — but in the post, we are going to show how to do this visually since March has a focus on photos: But first things first, here is how to get different hues on your Easter eggs:
- Use 3 tablespoons of vinegar, either white vinegar or Apple cider vinegar, in your egg dye cups or bowls to get what Paas calls “ultra-vibrant” colored eggs. I find that this turns out eggs that are pretty vibrant, but the best part is that they are truer to the colors each tablet represents, particularly if your dye cups are a little bit deeper and contain more water than the recommended 1/2 cup (a few of ours fit this category)
- Use 3 Tablespoons lemon juice for traditional colors, according to Paas. This probably will yield the best results if you follow the directions to the letter. So, if you don’t have Easter egg dyeing cups that are deep enough to fully immerse an egg in only 1/2 cup of water, you should grab some to get these shades.
- Use 3 Tablespoons of water for pastel hues. We started out here and metamorphosed into the ultra-vibrant shades since the lighter colors weren’t working for us.
Now, for those directions:
1. Hard boil some eggs and then let them sit and completely cool off before starting the dyeing process.
2. Place the dye tablets in your dyeing vessels with 3 tablespoons of either water, lemon juice, or vinegar depending on the results you want.
3. Pour in an additional 1/2 cup of water after the dye tablet dissolves.
4. Write on any eggs you wish to hold a secret message at this point. White crayon will hide the message until the egg is dyed while keeping the dye from penetrating that part of the egg. When the egg is removed, your note is exposed.
5. Place the eggs in the dye cups. At this point, you may need to pour a little extra water into some of your containers in order to fully cover the egg. We had to do this to a large degree with some of our egg bowls but compensated with extra vinegar and water and were able to get true colors.
6. Let the eggs sit in the dye until it reaches your desired level of color. Ours set for approximately 15-20 minutes.
7. Remove the egg from the dye cup and allow to dry.
8. Decorate at will. You can apply stickers or the cute little plastic sleeves that come with the eggs. The video below demonstrates how to make the oversize sleeves shrink down to actually cover the egg.