Colouring Easter Eggs with Food Colouring

Did you know that you didn’t have to buy an Easter egg dyeing kit to dye your eggs? You can make some beautiful Easter eggs by raiding your baking cupboard. Gel food colouring makes beautifully vibrant eggs in any shade you want. You can use that liquid to make tie-dye eggs, too. Some luster dust can add some shimmer or be used to pained the eggs all by itself. It also all safe to consume.

Hello, again. If you are anything like me then Easter snuck up on you, too. I just finished my traditional Easter wreaths, with a little twist this year, and a rice krispie Easter egg about an hour ago. I still have a strawberry pudding cake to finish tomorrow morning, but I have no more space in the fridge tonight. I also decorated these last minute Easter eggs, which were just a random experiment. I don’t love buying an Easter egg dyeing kit and dyeing them naturally has not really worked for. There was more red cabbage colour on my hands than my eggs. The food colouring works super well and if you are an avid baker you will already have some lying about. It is a super fun activity with kids. Grab some hard-boiled and get this party started!

1. Gel Food Colouring

What do you need?

  • 1 tbl white vinegar per colour
  • 250 ml warm water per colour
  • Gel food colouring
  • vegetable oil (optional)
  • a bowl or glass per colour
  • a spoon

What do you have to do?

1. Clean any stamps off the egg by rubbing them down with a little vinegar.

2. Add the gel food colouring to a glass or bowl that fits your egg with the vinegar and warm water. Stir until the colour has fully dissolved.

3. Submerge the egg and let it sit until it has the desired shade before removing with the spoon and letting it dry on a paper towel.

4. For a shiny egg you can rub a little vegetable oil on the egg once it has dried.

Tie-Dye Eggs

Tie-dye eggs are super simple. All you need is to wrap your egg in a paper towel and add some food colouring diluted in water with a splash of vinegar onto the paper towel, letting the colours mix. Let it dry completely before taking the paper towel of.

Luster Dust Eggs

With luster dust you can either add some shimmer to an already dyed egg or basically water colour them, like I did here. You simply dilute some different luster dust powders in a little vodka and paint them all over, mixing as you go. With the vodka they are dry in no time at all.


Well, there you have a few easy and pretty ways to dye some Easter eggs. The luster dust eggs are our favourite, because they are pretty and took very little time. If you haven’t dyed any eggs yet, you still have a little time. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this quick little blogpost before the holiday. Happy Easter.

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