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Coloured Boiled Eggs

Use a separate bowl for each colour – it must be deep enough to fully submerge the eggs into.

Cover your work area with paper to protect wood from moisture, as these dyes can stain too.

Coloured egg using food colouring.

You will need the following ingredients:

  • Eggs - Hard boiled
  • Food colouring
  • Vinegar

Coloured Boiled Eggs

Egg carton for drying rack or a kitchen roll cut into pieces on which each can rest. Put an old tea towel or some kitchen roll under to catch any colour drops.

If you want to add a simple pattern of stripes or dots you can either use candle wax or string or elastic bands to cover areas of the egg and remove once dry – the covered area will now display the original colour of the egg.

  1. Wash the eggs in warm soapy water to make sure there aren't any oils or soil on the egg to interfere with colouring. Now hard-boil the eggs.
  2. Mix 7-8 drops of food colouring into 1 cup of hot water.
  3. Now stir in 1/4 cupful of vinegar – ideally this should be white vinegar but other vinegar will also do.
  4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the various colours.
  5. Dip white hard-boiled eggs into the bowls using a metal spoon or tongs, leave for approx 30 hour or less if you want a paler colour. Once in the colour mix be careful not to ‘prod’ or knock the eggs to much with spoon or other utensil as the colour will scrape off to more you fiddle with them.
  6. Carefully remove the egg from solution. Place the dyed eggs in the egg carton or on top of the kitchen roll ‘rings’ to dry. Try not to touch the eggs until they've had a chance to dry, but once dry they will be colour-fast

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