Dying Easter eggs with the kids is always a favorite holiday activity. Last year I visited some friends and dyed eggs with them for Easter. I was shocked to discover that they just dyed their eggs a single color! How is that possible when there are so many fun things to do?! Of course, I have tried fancy techniques like the pysanka egg resist, but I am just talking regular old family egg dying here. At the very least, you can dunk one side in a color and the other side in another, leaving a nice white stripe through the middle! Plain eggs – definitely not for me.
We have always had fun trying new things with our Easter eggs, and this year was no different. However, Mom (that’s me) messed up mixing the dyes, and that made things a bit more difficult. I mixed them with too much water, so the colors were almost imperceptible. Pink seemed to be the only color we could really get out of them. Luckily we had more than one way to dye our eggs.
Every year we us the traditional PAAS egg coloring kits, but I usually also try to buy one of the “fancy” kits available. This year we tried a kit with roll-on dyes, and we had a lot of fun with it. You didn’t have a lot of control, but the colors turned out vibrant and fun.
Of course we always have to use the “resist” crayon. I usually do my famous scribble egg, but the colors were so weak that it came out terrible. It is so easy to do, and it always impresses people. Just scribble all over your white egg and dye it a light color, like yellow. Let it dry for a while, then gently wipe off egg with paper towel. Scribble again, dye again, etc. until you have used all the colors from light to dark. Here is a picture of one from last year.
Another fun technique is to use rubber bands as your resist medium. It can be tough to find the right size rubber band, so save them when you find them. Put them around your eggs in different ways and do the usual with adding more and moving to a darker color. The egg on the left here is one my son tried this year, though he only used two rubber bands and one color. I have made some really beautiful eggs with this technique. You can imagine the possibilities.
Masking tape also makes a good resist medium. I have spent hours cutting, taping and dying eggs with masking tape. This year I just made a quick one with squares of tape. Those little round notebook hole protectors also are great for this.
No matter how you color your eggs – even if you leave them all one color – you will have a lot of fun and end
up loving them! But, for me, try to make at least a few of them with more than just one color. You won’t regret it.