Looking for another way to dye Easter eggs, I ran across the idea of making Baking Soda Dyed Easter Eggs. This sounded FUN, messy, but fun. The best part about the entire project was that I had everything already in my pantry. No more buying those FUNKY kits and waiting for the little tablet to dissolve (which I never waited for anyway, so I would always have funky looking eggs).
So, here is what you will need:
- Baking Soda (about 4 tablespoons)
- 4 Individual containers (I used glass for easy cleanup)
- Pack of Food Coloring
- Paint Brush
- Boiled Eggs
I originally thought I would mix some colors in the extra containers, but decided not to. So that is why I only used 4 containers…but you see 6 up there. Who knew that Baking Soda Dyed Easter Eggs would come out so pretty with just the 4 colors.
Step by Step:
- Add one tablespoon of baking soda to each container
- Add enough of the food coloring to each container and combine to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the less the colors will run together. The mixture will get thinner as you paint, since the kiddos will be dipping their paint brushes in water to clean it before they add the next color. So it is better to start thicker.
- Set up OUTSIDE if possible. This craft is MESSY!
- Fill an extra bowl with water, and another bowl with vinegar. The water will be to rinse the brush off between colors and the vinegar will be for cleaning the baking soda off the egg.
- Paint the boiled eggs! Have fun with it.
- After you are done, you can either add it directly to the bowl of vinegar for a lighter color, or you can let it dry a bit before you add it to the vinegar. That will give you a deeper color and the colors will stay separated more.
The best part of this step, is that it will bubble. Depending on how much baking soda is on the egg, it could foam up a lot. It was so neat to watch it.
- Take from the vinegar water and set in a tray or somewhere to dry.
If you want to do a LOT of eggs at one time, think about using the Hard Baked Eggs recipe instead of boiling.
How cool is it to have Tie-Dyed looking eggs, that were made so easily with ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now.
One little tip, you may want to wear gloves. I decided I was too excited to go put gloves on…and I ended up with hands that look like this:
Not a pretty sight. It will wear off…hopefully before Easter!