The tradition of coloring eggs for Easter goes back many centuries to the time when early Christians in the Middle East dyed eggs red in remembrance of the blood that Jesus Christ spilled on the cross. Over the years the tradition of coloring eggs for Easter was carried across continents and cultures and is now a favorite spring past time for children worldwide. As different cultures adopted egg coloring many methods and approaches for coloring the eggs were developed. Below are listed several excellent ways to color Easter eggs.
Dying Eggs with Food Coloring and Vinegar
This is probably the most commonly used method of coloring Easter eggs. The process is simple. First you will want to hard boil your eggs in water. This usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes depending on your preference.
After your eggs have cooked bring another pot of water to a boil. For each ½ cup of boiling water add 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 to 30 drops of food coloring in the color of your choice. The vinegar helps to soften the outside of the eggshell allowing for the absorption of the color. Different colors can be made by mixing the food colorings. For example blue and yellow will make green.
Once your dye has come to a boil take it off the stove. After your dye has stopped boiling, but while it is still hot, dip your eggs into the colored water. The longer they remain the more rich the color will be.
Coloring Eggs with Paint
This method is pretty self explanatory. Just be sure to use paint that is non-toxic and safe for children. Patterns such as stripes and other figures can be made by using tape or wax crayons to cover the areas that you don’t want to color. Several companies make egg paints specifically for use in decorating and most are relatively inexpensive.
Decorating Eggs with Ribbons or Cloth
This is one of the more traditional ways of decorating eggs for Easter. Using cloth or ribbons to decorate eggs provides and almost endless opportunity for variety in color, pattern, and texture. If you have a cloth scrap box for sewing it will allow your children the opportunity to use their imagination in creating their very own personalized eggs. If cloth and ribbons are not available then picking up a book of colored craft paper can fill the gap. Just be sure to use child-safe glues when securing any material to your eggs.
Decorating Eggs with Crayons
Almost every child has a set of crayons in their play chest. Because crayons are already child safe and they’re semi-permanent, they offer a great option for coloring Easter eggs. When using crayons just be sure that the eggs have cooled, otherwise they will melt the crayon wax and end up making a mess. Care must also be taken not to press too hard as eggshells are fragile as, well, eggshells.
Crayons also provide a great opportunity to mix egg coloring methods. Because they can apply color after an egg has cooled they are an excellent way of adding additional patterns or designs after coloring with paint or vinegar and food coloring.
Coloring Eggs with Store-Bought Dyes
Remember to Have Fun!
The most important thing to remember when coloring eggs for Easter is to have fun! This activity is a great way for families to spend time together during the spring holiday season and though the product of your egg coloring will quickly disappear, the memories you create will last a lifetime.