Dyeing Easter eggs is a holiday tradition. Here are dye formulas, natural egg dye ideas, and dye-free ways to celebrate Easter. Bonus: If you need a refresher on how to boil an egg, you've come to the right place.
A good soak in some dye -- whether made with food coloring and vinegar or with natural colors from fruits and vegetables -- transforms a carton of eggs into an Easter-basket-worthy collection. Here are our best tips for making Easter eggs.
Step one in any great Easter egg session is to boil your eggs. Pick good ones:
Then get boiling:
For each color you'd like to create:
To achieve the look at left, drizzle rubber cement onto undyed egg; let dry. Dip egg in one dye, dry, and gently peel off rubber cement. Repeat for as many color swirls as you'd like.
When you'd prefer to turn to nature for color, we have some suggestions. The basic formula involves water, white vinegar, and potent fruits or vegetables, such as beets or red onions. Here are some ideas:
Keep your egg crafting tidier by skipping the dye techniques. White eggs look gorgeous with washi tape, temporary tattos, and stickers, and they also serve as a fresh canvas for permanent-marker doodles.
Other no-dye Easter egg ideas:
Easter is the one time it's OK to put all your eggs in one basket. Pretty baskets are available for sale, or you can make one yourself starting with a basic basket and decorating with buttons, ribbons, and paint.
Want a nontraditional basket? Consider putting eggs in: