Naturally dyed eggs

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The most typical way to color eggs is to buy an egg-dying kit, boil some eggs, prepare the dyes from the kit and then color the eggs. But why be typical! Here are four creative ways for you and your child to decorate those Easter eggs!

1. Use Natural Dyes

You don’t have to buy an egg-coloring kit in order to dye eggs. Instead, just use a variety of foods. This article explains how to dye Easter eggs using a foods like coffee, onion skins, and spinach to create naturally colored Easter eggs. Coloring eggs is always fun, but what makes this method especifally fun is that it can help kids understand how people used to dye clothing before commercial dyes were available. The same fruits and vegetables used to color eggs were also used by colonists and American pioneers to dye the wool and cotton cloth they used to make their clothing!

2. Paint the Eggs

Painting Easter eggs is a great way to encourage some creativity in the kids. It’s especially fun for those who love art. All you need is a simple set of paints and a paintbrush. You can find small acrylic paint sets in hobby stores, which include small amount of paint in a small variety of colors. The kids can also use watercolors, which will provide a different, softer looking design on the eggs. This activity can get a little messy, so be prepared!

The eggs can be dyed first either with natural dyes or with the egg dyes in commercial Easter egg coloring kits. If the kids want to paint over dyed eggs, they might want to consider using the acrylic paints, particularly if they want the eggs to be very dark.

colored eggs written on with crayons

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3. Write or Draw with Crayons

This method of coloring eggs can be lots of fun for the kids. Using a white crayon or a small candle like those used for birthday cakes, kids can write their names or messages like “Happy Easter” on the eggs before dipping them in the egg dyes.

The kids can also draw designs on the eggs before placing them in the dyes. The dyes will color the eggs everywhere, except where the wax or crayon covers it. Once the egg is colored, the words or the designs will show up quite clearly.

It can be a bit hard to see what is written or drawn on the egg before it’s colored, so the kids might want to use a colored crayon. They can create designs on the eggs with different color crayons and then dip the eggs in the dyes for some pretty colorful eggs!

4. Marble the Eggs

This is one of my favorite ways to color eggs. It’s very simple since all you need to do is add a little oil to the egg dye. Eggs can be dyed one color before placing them in a different color dye with oil in it. Although the first dye could be a natural one, it doesn’t work so well to use natural dyes as the second dye because it takes longer for natural dyes to color the eggs.

What makes this one fun is not just the random designs on the eggs formed by the oil, but the fact that kids can pretend that these eggs are “dinosaur” eggs. To make “dinosaur” eggs, use more natural colors. If you use commercial dye, mix orange and a little blue to make brown. Then mix just a little brown with the green, red, and yellow to make them less vibrant.

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The most typical way to color eggs is to buy an egg-dying kit, boil some eggs, prepare the dyes from the kit and then color the eggs. But why be typical! Here are four creative ways for you and your child to decorate those Easter eggs! 1. Use Natural Dyes...