I don’t know about you, but I grew up with the Easter Egg dye kits that always left a little to be desired in terms of design and color. But I recently ran across a cool (kind of a pun…you’ll see) way to dye your eggs that’s easy for kids and produces an awesome tie dye effect. Check out my step by step below!
Start with hard boiled eggs. I’m a huge fan of making mine in my Mealthy, but however you make them, go for it. After you’ve made your eggs, let them cool. And just before you start this DIY, soak your eggs in distilled white vinegar for 2 minutes. This will help the dye adhere and look more vibrant on your eggs. Don’t rinse the vinegar off when the 2 minutes is up! Just place on a paper towel and gently blot.
The really “cool” part!
Take a rimmed cookie sheet and spread a layer of whipped topping (Cool Whip!). It should be about 1/2 inch thick.
Add food coloring…
I used the NEON food coloring. Make sure you’re using food coloring, not the gel coloring. You’ll find true food coloring dye in the spice section. It’s different than most of colorings you see with frostings and cake decorations and it does make a difference in the color payoff. Keep in mind that some colors are more dominant than others, so use fewer drops of those. I found that I needed fewer drops of blue, but more of the lime green to get a good look. If I had used too much blue, it would have drowned out the other colors.
Start to swirl!
Take a knife or a kebob stick and swirl through all of the coloring drops. The more you swirl through, the better your eggs will look. Don’t leave too many large, white areas (where coloring wasn’t pulled through). White, undyed spots on the eggs really stand out.
Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’
Roll your eggs through your tie dye swirls. Make sure to cover the ends of the eggs. Once you’ve rolled a full coverage of the egg, LEAVE IT ON THE COOKIE SHEET. Start your next egg in a different area and repeat directions. Once all of your eggs have been rolled, leave them to sit on the cookie sheet for about 15 minutes. *TIP: If you’re worried about the food coloring staining your hands, wear gloves.
Abracadabra! They’re EGG-cellent!
Lightly rinse off the whipped topping and your tie dye Easter egg will be revealed! If you find that you have a bare spot, just smear a little of the dyed cool whip from your cookie sheet on that spot on the egg and let sit for another 5 minutes.
These are such fun to make, take very little time, and look so pretty. I think the Easter Bunny is going to LOVE hiding these for your kiddos! I have to admit, while it’s a fun DIY for kids, it was therapeutic and relaxing for me too! I hope you enjoy giving these a try. I’d love to see your after pictures, so post them in the comments so I can see how they turn out!
From my home to yours,
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