Happy March Leotuders!
I don’t know about you, but I was a little apprehensive to see March this year. The whole world stopped in March of last year and honestly, my anxiety still hasn’t recovered. But this March, so far, seems to be behaving as it should and we’ve even seen some snippets of Spring here in the south which make my warm weathered heart happy. Of course, with Spring comes Easter and that means you better get egg dying pants ready! *Oh! Tights idea?!*
Since quarantine has ruined us all by making simple childhood projects so 2019, I’ve amped up the egg dying game with a fun, scientific way to dye your eggs this year! My oldest is a Kindergartner, and I was not prepared for 1. the amount of sass that comes with that big school transition and 2. I’m officially not cool in her book anymore. Talk about a dagger to the heart. So, I knew when I found this way to dye eggs floating around the ‘ol interwebs that it would be the perfect thing to earn some of those “cool points” back. The best part? You should have all of these items lying around your house. Something I can do that I don’t have to immediately run to the store and buy supplies for? Count me in.
Here’s what you need:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Measuring Spoons (TBSP & TSP)
- Food Coloring (Any colors)
- Paint Brushes
- Squeeze Bottles
- Baking Dish
First, you’ll want to boil your eggs. This should be self explanatory, but y’all are wild, I never know! So just to be safe, don’t forget to boil your eggs.
As your eggs are cooling, I took this time to go ahead and whip up the paint. Take 1 TBSP of Baking Soda for each color “paint” you want to make. I mixed them up in some small Tupperware I had. You can use anything you have in hand. Once you have your Baking Soda separated, add your food coloring. I played around with the ratios, the more drops, the more vibrant the color stays on the egg, but you shouldn’t need more than 5 drops for this to work.
Once you’ve added your coloring to the baking soda, add water 1 tsp at a time to your desired consistency. I preferred my paint to be a little pasty. This was after a little trial and error, when it wasn’t as pasty The paint ran all over the eggs, my hands, the floor, well, you get the idea. By the time I prepared the paint for the kids, I kept the consistency thicker and it was easier for them to work with.
Now grab your brushes and let’s paint some eggs, y’all!
Pro Tip: I cut a toilet paper roll in half and shoved some paper towels in them to set the eggs on while painting. It worked like a charm! The paper towels are key though, otherwise you lose your egg into the holder.
Once you’ve painted to your heart’s content, set your eggs aside to dry. It typically doesn’t take too long. Most will dry while you are painting your other eggs so there’s no real down time.
After you’re all painted and dry the real fun begins!
I grabbed an old baking dish for this next step. Don’t tell my mom, I think it was one of her hand me down vintage Corningwares. #sorrymom Next, sprinkle more baking soda over your dried painted eggs. To keep things spicy, take your food coloring and add as many colors/drops you want.
Grab your squeeze bottle and fill with vinegar. I scored our squeeze bottles from Hobby Lobby for like $2. They’re technically for Tie dying shirts, but dying eggs pretty much the same thing, right?!
Okay, are you ready? This is where you win the cool points. Take your squeeze bottles and squeeze the vinegar over your eggs. Your eggs should start bubbling and fizzing or in my kid’s case “sizzling like fajitas!” What can I say, we take food pretty seriously around here.
You can repeat the food color drops and soda as many times as you want on one egg. When you’re finished you have beautiful watercolor looking eggs and some really impressed kids! Winning!
*No Leotudes we’re harmed in the making of these eggs. (Thank God, because I really wasn’t prepared to see it play out the other way!)
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter with your families, and if you end up dying your eggs this way let us know how it worked for you in the comments!