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How to dye eggs with food coloring

Posted by  ·  March 21, 2012  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2016

We are getting ready for Easter at our house! My kids love to dye eggs. It is easy to do with food coloring you probably already have on hand.

Prepare eggs by boiling them or removing the egg yolk.  We use a baby nasal aspirator (one that is saved for only this purpose) to blow the yolk from the egg. Take a needle and make a hole in each end of the egg. Place the aspirator in the top of the egg and squeeze, blowing the yolk out the bottom of the egg. Rinse egg and remove any water by gently blowing in one of the holes with your mouth.

How to color eggs with food coloring

Place 1/2 cup  tap water in containers. Place 5 drops of gel paste coloring (10 drops for yellow or light colors), or use 20 drops of liquid food coloring and mix well. Add in 1 tablespoon white vinegar and stir.

Place eggs in dye. Since the eggs are hollow they will need help staying immersed in the dye. This can be done with a spoon.

Allow eggs to soak in dye until eggs are the color you desire. Remove eggs, blow any dye out of the egg and allow eggs to dry on a paper towel.

Tomorrow I will show what I did with the eggs!

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  1. Thursday, March 5th, 2015
    Love how bright they are! Great tips!
  2. Alison
    Saturday, April 19th, 2014
    This was so helpful! The egg blowing was so easy, and when a few natural egg dyes didn't work, the food coloring came in handy. Thank you much.
  3. Emily
    Saturday, April 19th, 2014
    I am making colored Easter eggs and I am about to mix the tablets with water.. So can I keep the colored mixture for the next day will the food coloring still be good?
    • Sunday, April 20th, 2014
      Hi Emily, I can't think of a reason it wouldn't be good the next day. It might need to be stirred. Hope this helps
  4. Diana
    Saturday, March 30th, 2013
    I'm going to try this, but I'm wondering how do I measure drops from gel dye as it is like gel and not liquid?
  5. Linda
    Friday, March 29th, 2013
    Where do I find the paste at?
    • Saturday, March 30th, 2013
      The food coloring is a gel paste. Wilton sells them in little tubs at the grocery store or at Michaels. I am sure you can use regular food coloring but I love the gel paste food coloring so it is what I had on hand.
  6. Erin
    Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
    How do you get "drops" from gel dye? I use the wilton gels and am a little confused.
  7. Shannon
    Friday, March 15th, 2013
    Can you use regular food coloring? Or does the gel paste give you brighter colors?
    • Saturday, March 16th, 2013
      Shannon, you can use regular food coloring. I do love the gel pastes though.
  8. Kim
    Monday, April 9th, 2012
    Did I miss what you did with these eggs?
  9. Alice Klein
    Saturday, April 7th, 2012
    Thanks so much for the tip to blow out eggs. That's great!
  10. Jenna
    Saturday, April 7th, 2012
    You can use food coloring on brown eggs and get very vibrant reds and teals too! You have to use another Tablespoon or two of vinegar with the brown eggs and you have to let them sit for about 15 minutes but the result is fab (and your only option if you live in the UK!). We boil our eggs because we couldn't have Easter without deviled eggs! ;}
  11. Keli
    Friday, April 6th, 2012
    I LOVE the idea of blowing them out. No one in my family eats them hard boiled and I jsut hate to waste. But... we love scrambled eggs. We blew out our eggs and made a batch of breakfast burrito mix that we'll have in the morning. Thanks for the info on how to blow them out!! (To me the real waste would be getting plastic eggs that will likely end up in a landfill eventually!)
    • Friday, April 6th, 2012
      So glad you tried it!!
  12. Christina
    Friday, April 6th, 2012
    You can fill the hollowed eggs with confetti or fruity pebble cereal, cover the hole with tissue paper and glue and make confetti eggs to crack on each others heads - that's what we do! It makes for a lot of fun!
  13. Friday, April 6th, 2012
    Why would you want to blow the egg yolks out? I like to eat them as well as the kids, seems like that to me is a waste, just get plastic ones instead.
  14. Monday, April 2nd, 2012
    Super fun! I love dying eggs! We're doing 5 dozen this afternoon for a church activity and another 5 dozen as a family tonight! :)
  15. Saturday, March 24th, 2012
    I never thought to make my eggs hollow!! Now that I saw the post after this, I see why....LOVE how vibrant the colors came out!!

  16. Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    Wow...just love these. What a fun idea, and so clever to use a nasal aspirator! I remember blowing eggs out as a kid and it taking forever, this looks like a far better solution :)
  17. Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    I've been wondering how to hollow out an egg for forever LOL thanks for sharing!
  18. Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
    Can't wait to see tomorrow. They look lovely & vibrant.