Hard boiled eggs – cooled
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
glitter, elastic bands, doyley, stickers,crayon (optional)
white craft glue (optional)
For each dye bath combine 1/2 cup boiling water with 1 tsp vinegar and food colouring in a bowl or mug. Start with 5 drops red and 5 drops yellow, for orange for example, or 6 drops blue and 4 drops green for turquoise.
Dip hard-boiled eggs in dye bath for 3-5 minutes, extend time for richer colour. Try using tongs to dip only half an egg in one colour, then dip other half in a different colour.
Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove eggs and place on wax paper to dry, blot any excess with a paper towel.
For tie dyed eggs, add 1 tbsp olive oil to the mixture and stir with a fork. Roll egg gently in bath to pick off streaks of colour. Remove egg from bath and blot oil off with a paper towel, then dry on wax paper. Once dry, lightly dip in another colour if desired.
For glitter eggs, brush dried dyed egg with a thin layer of craft glue. Spoon glitter over egg, allow to dry on wax paper. To put glitter on only part of an egg (half blue, half red for example), use masking tape over the un-glittered part (or use stickers for shapes) and once dry remove masking tape and glue/glitter the remaining area.
For letters, numbers or shapes use small vinyl stickers (office supplies) and place them on the egg before dying. Once slightly dry peel off stickers gently. You can also use a white crayon or candle to write names or draw pictures. Doyley and /or elastic band will leave an area not dyed.