We show you how to dye an Easter egg so you can create these pretty stripey eggs to brighten up your home for the holidays
These pretty pastel-coloured eggs are an Easter tradition and make the perfect craft project, that can be easily done in half a morning!
- Food dye – we used Cake Craft airbrush icing dye in orange, pink and violet, £2.49 each, Hobbycraft
- Tape – we used Tamiya 6mm masking tape, £1.65, Hobbycraft.
- Wire strong enough to support an egg (ours was 1.2mm thick – try your local hardware shop)
- Duck eggs, £2.25 for six, Waitrose
- Some old glass jam jars/containers
- White vinegar
- Wire cutters
- Darning needle or fine skewer
- A small bowl
- A teaspoon
1. First, you will need to “blow” out the contents of your eggs. Take a darning needle or fine skewer and a bowl, then gently make a hole in the top and bottom of an egg, using a grinding motion to ensure you don’t crack the egg. Keep the top hole as small as possible and the lower hole around 3-4mm.
2. Use the needle or skewer to break the yolk – this will make blowing the egg out much easier. Blow through the top hole to push the egg contents out the lower hole into the bowl. Repeat the process until you have the required amount of eggs. Wash shells in some warm water and set aside to dry thoroughly, standing each egg in an egg cup or on a bottle top so that any water can drain out.
3. To create the stripy design, take your tape and wrap it vertically around the egg, allowing a small overlap, and smooth over all the edges. Wrap a second piece of tape spaced evenly between the first. Then add two more pieces of tape in the remaining gaps to create eight stripes in total. Once finished, use one end of your wire to poke through any tape covering the original blow holes.
4. Make your dye mix by filling an old jam jar or container two-thirds full of hot water, adding in two teaspoons of white vinegar, then 1-2 teaspoons of dye, depending on how strong you want the colour. Stir well.Cut a length of wire around 30-40cm long and poke this through the egg until the egg is in the centre. Carefully fold it upwards to make a ‘U’ shape, with the egg at the bottom. Lower the egg into the dye and bend the wire around the edges of the jar to secure it into place. Set aside for 30 minutes to two hours – the longer you leave it, the brighter the colour will be.
5. Once you’re happy with the egg colour, lift the egg out of the dye and tilt it upright, to allow any accumulated water to drain out. Straighten out the wire and lay it horizontally over the jar, or use another empty jam jar or container to rest it on whilst it dries. Some excess water will drip to the underside – gently dab this off with a piece of kitchen roll. Leave to dry.
6. Carefully remove the tape – if you do this as soon as the egg is dry it will be easier to remove as the adhesive will still be damp, but ensure there are no remaining wet patches on the egg as this will distort the pattern. Stand the eggs upright in an egg cup or on a bottle lid to catch any final drips inside the egg, and allow to dry thoroughly overnight. Repeat the whole process until you have the desired number of eggs.
Easter egg tips
1. You can re-use your dye bath a second time to save on dye – just tip out a small amount of water first and top up with hot, then allow slightly longer dying times to compensate for the weaker consistency.
2. We used duck eggs as their white colour and larger size makes them well suited to dying and decorating, but you could experiment with other types of eggs as an alternative.
3. Display dyed eggs in a glass bowl as a table centerpiece, fill a small basket for a more informal look or add ribbon as a hanging loop for tree decorations.
4. Use up all the egg contents for your Easter baking.