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Dyeing and decorating eggs is an Easter tradition. With these tips and techniques, your Easter eggs will turn out great every time.
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Tip: Try dyeing different types of eggs in order to vary the sizes -- use quail for smaller and goose or ostrich for larger. Also consider dyeing brown eggs to alter the range of colors you can produce.
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If you want to save your eggs from year to year or turn them into ornaments to hang from branches, blow them out instead of hard-boiling the eggs before dyeing them.
To empty a raw egg, begin by using the tip of a sharp utility knife to pierce both ends of the egg; turn the knife in one of the holes to widen it slightly. Then, poke a straightened paper clip through the larger hole to pierce and "stir" the yolk. Hold the egg, larger hole down, over a bowl, and then blow the contents out with a rubber ear syringe.
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Step 2: Dye the Eggs
Protect your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) in 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup, or jar deep enough to let you submerge an egg completely. To create different tints, vary the dipping time. Using tongs makes handling the eggs easy.
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Acheieving desired shades is really easy with our printable egg-dyeing color wheel chart. It provides the dye amount and dipping times for a large range of colors.
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A drying rack made with pins and foam board keeps things neat.
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Creative Egg-Carrying Cases
Hand-dyed eggs make great gifts, but delivering them can be tricky. Save time and effort by upcycling clear plastic egg cartons, which you can quickly turn into attractive carriers. We dressed ours up in scalloped organdy or sheets of tissue paper, and satin and grosgrain ribbon, and affixed card-stock tags with stamped greetings.
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Dipped DesignsTo make a tritoned dipped egg, dye the whole egg first in a light color, let dry for 15 minutes, and then submerge both top and bottom into a darker color (leaving the center exposed) Then submerge egg halfway horizontally in a different shade, repeat with opposite side again leaving a portion of the center uncolored.Photography: Emily Kate Roemer
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