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Easter egg dyeing and decorating tips

Easter egg dyeing and decorating tips from FamilyCircle.com

Easter egg dyeing and decorating tips from FamilyCircle.com (Credit: FamilyCircle.com)

For many families, decorating Easter eggs is a special tradition. Last year, my now 2-year-old daughter was too young to understand the concept, but we're eager to dye eggs this coming Easter.

If you're like me and are looking for creative Easter-egg-dyeing and decorating tips, check out these one-of-a-kind spring ideas from FamilyCircle.com.

Egg-dyeing tips


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Cover your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (the more you use, the more intense the color) in 1 cup of boiling water, using heatproof bowls or jars deep enough to submerge an egg.

To create different tints, vary dipping time. Using tongs, submerge the egg in the hot water for less than five minutes for light colors, 10 minutes or more for deeper shades.

To make two-color eggs, dye the entire egg first in a light color. Let it dry for 15 minutes, then submerge half in a darker color.

Easter egg designs (as shown above)

Stripes: Start with an egg dyed in one light hue (for example, blue). Wrap 1/8-inch masking tape lengthwise around the egg in stripes. Rub the tape firmly for a good seal. Dye egg again to desired color (darker blue) and let dry 10 minutes. Partially cover dark-blue areas with additional tape. Dye again (in yellow coloring to make green). Let dry 10 minutes. Remove all tape. Result: dark blue and green egg with light-blue stripes.

Zigzags: Cut contact paper into strips with pinking shears. Wrap strips crosswise on egg and firmly press. Dye egg to desired color and let dry 10 minutes. Remove strips. For two-color eggs, dye to a light color first and let dry. Add strips, dip in a darker shade and let dry. Remove strips.

Dots: Apply small stickers to an egg in a symmetrical pattern and firmly press. Dye egg to desired color and let dry 10 minutes. Remove stickers. For two-color egg, first use a light color and let dry. Add stickers, dip in a darker shade and let dry. Remove stickers.

For more Easter craft ideas, visit FamilyCircle.com/Easter.

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