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Easter Craft: Dyed Eggs

Dyed Eggs

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Play with the premise that oil and water don't mix to produce patterns even the Easter bunny couldn't copy.

Materials

  • Eggs
  • Newspaper
  • Teacups and spoons
  • Food coloring tablets or paste
  • Vinegar
  • Vegetable oil
  • Paper towels

Instructions

  1. Boil one dozen eggs for each dyer.
  2. Spread out lots of newspaper to protect the work surface. Then gather up one teacup for each color and a big spoon for each cup.
  3. Dissolve the tablet, or dab of paste, in a cup of hot water mixed with 1/4 cup vinegar. Add several drops of oil to some of the cups.
  4. Let the eggs cool, then dip to your heart's content. Try dipping an egg first in an oil-less dye, and then in one with oil. (The dye won't stick where the oil touches.)
  5. Let each egg drip on a white paper towel, and you've got homemade place mats for Easter morning breakfast.

Tips:

Regular food coloring tablets work great and are readily available, but food coloring paste from cake supply stores will produce richer, darker colors.