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Forget the Egg Coloring Kit!

Learn how to dye eggs using household items.

Make Your Own Dye
Start with boiling water. Transfer some of the water to a small glass or cup big enough to hold an egg. Add one teaspoon to one tablespoon of white vinegar and a few drops of food coloring. Put a hard boiled egg into the glass and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. If the color is lighter than desired, add more food coloring or let the egg soak in the mixture longer.

Creative Designs
In order to achieve a banded effect on the eggs, put rubber bands around them tightly. Any area protected by the rubber band will not be dyed. Crayons are a great way to add character to your eggs. Draw a design on the egg before dying it and the crayon will create decorative accents. White crayons work great.

Create Texture
Using one tablespoon of vegetable oil mixed with your dye will created a marbled look to your eggs. Wrapping cheesecloth tightly around the egg before dying will create a blocky texture.

Drying the Eggs
A great trick to for drying dyed eggs is to cut an empty paper towel roll into short cylinders and place one egg on each. When dry, they can be returned to the original carton for storage.