Introduction: Dyeing Easter Eggs

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This is a simple and fun way to dye Easter eggs that's great for families to do together. Be creative and have fun!

Step 1: Push Pin

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Start by using a push pin to poke a hole in both ends of each egg. This will make the drilling much easier. Be careful not to push too hard or suddenly or you might crack the egg. 

Step 2: Drill a Hole

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Next use a small bit to drill a hole in each end of the egg. This hole needs to be big enough to extract a yolk but still inconspicuous. 

Step 3: Extract the Yolk

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Use a tooth pick inserted into the egg to break up the yolk. This will help it come out easier. Hold the egg over a large bowl and with your mouth on one end of the egg blow hard into the egg until all of the yolk has squirted out into the bowl. Do this with each egg until they are all cleaned out. (Scrambled eggs anyone?)

Step 4: Clean the Egg

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Next, dip each egg into a bowl of water until it is filled about half way. Shake it a bit to clean it out and once again blow out the water to get it clean. Set your eggs aside so that they can fully dry. Its best to do all of the prep work a day in advance so that they are completely dry. I recommend cutting off the bottoms of an egg carton and putting a paper towel beneath it to catch the runoff water. 

Step 5: Mix the Colors

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Once you're ready to dye the eggs get out 4 bowls that are deep enough to submerge an egg in. Fill them with vinegar and a few drops of food coloring. This part is crucial. The vinegar helps the color saturate the egg and will give you richer colors. 

Step 6: Have Fun!

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This is the part where the creativity comes in. Use whatever you like around the house to play with different colors. Dip and redip your eggs. Experiment and see what colors go well together. Just be sure to allow each coat to fully dry or it will smear. In the past I've used rubber bands, masking tape, hole punch reenforcers, rubber cement, cue tips, markers, stencils, hot glue, sheet rock mud. The possibilities are endless. Just have fun and be creative. And don't forget to put your initials and date with a fine tipped sharpie at the bottom of your egg so you will have the great memories. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making these fun eggs. My family and I have done them for at least 15 years and still have most of them. They preserve really well and are great yearly Easter decorations. I'd love to see your pictures of what you've created! Happy Easter everyone! 

Step 7: Finished Product

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Here are a few from years past. 

Comments

bajablue (author)2013-03-31

I love the various results! I'd really love to "see" how you accomplished them. ;-)

kangel1 (author)2013-03-31

I'd do the pushpin step over the sink or a bowl, in case you crack the egg.

montanabean (author)2013-03-31

You might want to change the "Dying" in your title to "Dyeing"... Unless you're intentionally being morbid. In which case, may I suggest a follow-up Instructable? "Resurrecting Easter Eggs." Hooray for bad puns :-D

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