A Guide to Coloring Easter Eggs

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    Coloring Easter Eggs Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

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    The first step in coloring Easter eggs is to gather your supplies. You will need:

    • Hard-boiled eggs
    • Vinegar (white, apple cider, any kind)
    • Food coloring
    • Three or four cups big enough to fit an egg plus enough water to cover the egg
    • Spoon
    • Crayons (optional)
    • Container for holding the eggs once they're colored
    • Newspaper and paper towels
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    Coloring Easter Eggs Step 2: Preparing the Dye

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    Prepare the Dye for the Easter Eggs. Stephanie Gallagher

    Spread the newspaper over your work surface.

    If you want to make designs on your eggs, you can draw on the eggs with crayons. The wax will not come off when you dye the eggs.

    Now prepare the dye for coloring your Easter eggs. You will need a separate cup or container for each color.

    Place one teaspoon of vinegar in each container. Add about 1-1/2 cups of hot water (hot tap water is fine) to the vinegar.

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    Coloring Easter Eggs Step 3: Add the Food Coloring

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    Add the Food Coloring. Stephanie Gallagher

    Once you have the vinegar and hot water in the containers for your Easter eggs, add a few drops of food coloring to each container.

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    Coloring Easter Eggs Step 4: Dip the Eggs

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    Dip the Eggs in the Dye. Stephanie Gallagher
    Now dip each egg in the dye. Let the egg site in the dye for several minutes to allow the color to adhere.

    Use a spoon to remove the egg from the dye.

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    Coloring Easter Eggs Step 5: Place the Eggs in a Container

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    Place the Colored Easter Eggs in a Container. Stephanie Gallagher
    Wipe the water off with a paper towel, and place the eggs in a container, such as an empty egg carton to dry.

    Once you're finished with all of your eggs, store them in the refrigerator.

    Read on for a special technique to make a tie-dyed effect on your colored Easter eggs.

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    Coloring Easter Eggs Step 6: How to Tie Dye Easter Eggs

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    Place the Eggs in a Colander. Stephanie Gallagher

    If you want to create a tie-dyed look on your Easter eggs, simply place the cooled hard-boiled eggs in a colander in the sink.

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    Coloring Easter Eggs Step 7: Add Food Coloring to the Eggs in the Colander

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    Add a Few Drops of Food Coloring. Stephanie Gallagher

    Add a few drops of food coloring to the hard-boiled eggs in the colander.

    Very gently, shake the eggs, so the food coloring spills over all the sides of the eggs, being careful not to crack the eggs.

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    Coloring Easter Eggs Step 8: Rinse the Eggs

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    Rinse the Eggs. Stephanie Gallagher
    Now rinse the eggs with cool water.
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    Coloring Easter Eggs Step 9: Place a Few Drops More of Food Coloring on Eggs

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    Add a Few Drops of a New Color to the Eggs. Stephanie Gallagher
    Now add a few drops of a new color of food coloring to the eggs in the colander. Again, very gently, jiggle the colander so the eggs gently touch each other and spread the color all around.

    Rinse the eggs with cold water.

    Repeat the whole process with a third color.

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    Coloring Easter Eggs Step 10:

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    Rinse and Store the Colored Eggs. Stephanie Gallagher
    After you've added the final color, rinse the eggs again. Dry with a paper towel. Place in a container, such as an empty egg carton, to store. Refrigerate the eggs.