|While the tradition
of decorating eggs at Easter has long endured, the products available
for dyeing Easter eggs have
The familiar dissolving discs are still around, but there are fun new
like stickers, "magic crayons" for drawing designs, and
the best success with dyeing eggs, follow these steps:
hands well before handling eggs at every step.
with clean, cold hard-cooked eggs.
traditional colored eggs, add one dye tablet to 3 tablespoons of
lemon juice in a 1-cup container. For ultra-vibrant colored eggs,
3 tablespoons vinegar for the lemon juice. For pastel colored eggs, use
3 tablespoons of water.
the tablet has dissolved add a 1/2 cup of water and stir gently.
Bend egg dipper and place the egg inside the dipper.
place egg in color bath until desired shade is
The longer the egg stays in the bath, the darker the shade will be.
you're using your
hard-cooked eggs for games, but still plan to eat them, keep in mind
total time out of the refrigerator should be no more than two hours.
than that, only use the eggs for decoration.
"Easter egg dyes
have come a long way since they were introduced more than 125 years
says Michelle Soutter, brand manager for PAAS, the Easter egg-dye
"While the original vinegar-based kits are as popular as ever,
also want new products to spark their creativity."
One way to put a
fresh twist on egg decorating is to use your finished
eggs as part of
other craft projects or games. Here are a few fun ideas from the
Easter egg hunts
are always fun, but older kids can end up with the lion's
share of eggs. Make
the hunt more fair by choosing a different color for each child and
a certain number of eggs each color. The young ones can take their time
finding their eggs while the older kids can make quick work of finding
and Spoon Races
You may have seen
egg and spoon races played with raw eggs that break when contestants
them. Here's a new take on that age-old favorite. Carefully make a hole
about the size of a pencil eraser in the wide end of
each egg and blow
out the contents through a smaller hole made at the opposite end. Dye
egg. When dry, fill the egg with confetti using the hole you made to
out the egg. Stop up the hole with a piece of cellophane tape, or glue
a square of colorful tissue paper over the hole. Create
player gets a spoon and each team gets a confetti egg. The first player
runs across the yard to his teammate, who puts the egg on his spoon and
races back. The team that crosses the finish line first without
their egg wins.
Even after you've
eaten the hardboiled colored eggs, you still have the materials for one
last craft project. As you peel the eggs, save the shells.
Break the shells
up into small pieces and glue them to cardboard or
to create colorful mosaic works of art.