And then not let your guests eat them.

Easter egg dyeing is one of those activities that really doesn’t get old, the older you get. I might not be psyched to find an Easter basket in my parent’s house anymore, but making cool art on what will eventually be a good snack is still super fun to me. This year, I got a little fancy with some food coloring, and came up with these three ways to make some seriously pretty Easter eggs.

Tie Dye

Easter is a minute away which means it’s time to dye some eggs and the ingredients for this craft are probably already in you kitchen. This is a great last minute way to pull together an egg dyeing party with out the egg dyeing kit.


Hard boil the eggs ahead of time to allow time to cool. Once eggs have cooled, take a paper towel sheet and wrap in around an egg, using a rubber band to secure. Grab the food coloring bottles and apply dots to the surface of the paper towel. Set aside (use that carton the eggs came in). Use the spray bottle to mist over your vinegar mixture on the paper towel and watch the magic happen. Let set for 5-10 minutes before removing the paper towel.

Half Dye

This is a hack to the half dye egg look using food coloring and a muffin tin from your panty. Make a rainbow of colors, adding more food dye to each section to intensify the color.


Using a muffin tin, fill up each section about a third of the way with vinegar and water at a 9:1 ratio. Place 6-10 drops of your food coloring in each section creating a rainbow of colors. Place a cooled, hard boiled egg in each of the sections and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Using your gloves, remove eggs and place in another section for color variations.

Gold Leaf

If you really want to impress your friends, involve some gold leaf. This is a great elevated craft for your fancy Easter brunch. Gold leaf is very delicate and can be a mess, but just embrace it. The results are beautiful.


Using the glue pen add designs like dots, circles and lines, or perhaps your guest’s names. Find a well ventilated area to add small sections of spray adhesive to the eggs.  Let glue dry for about 5 minutes. Open the booklet of gold leaf and simply roll the egg on it. Repeat process to add more gold. Using the dry brush, brush off an excess leaf (which is where I warned you it gets messy)I liked having some of the egg showing through, so I stopped after just a couple applications of the leaf.

Some bonus safety tips! 
– Make sure you’re using food-safe dyes to decorate your eggs.
– Do not consume eggs that have been on the ground, or that have been out of the fridge for over two hours.
– Use plastic eggs if you want to plan a hunt outside!
Photos and styling by Chris Ritter/Emily Kinsolving

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