Easter eggs are hardly my forte. Though this isn’t my first year dying eggs, my prior experiences were the furthest thing from amazing. My egg dying typically consists of throwing (literally) eggs into colored liquid, plucking them out with my fingers and accidentally transferring pink dye onto yellow eggs and purple dye onto green eggs. I’ve seen so many people transform their Easter eggs into gorgeous masterpieces all across social media, but still my eggs continue to look basic AF. I’m a pretty creative person overall, but it seems that my artistic prowess has always stopped short of Easter eggs—until now.
This year, I decided to branch out and try to give upgraded Easter eggs a fair shot. I was still much too lazy to do anything extravagant, but…I’m taking baby steps, ya’ll. In the spirit of Coachella (which I’m missing *sob*), I opted for a glittery egg. The process was a lot easier than I expected it to be, and my eggs came out looking pretty decent, so that was a mini glitter-covered victory. The following instructions are mostly for entertainment purposes, but if you actually follow along and don’t do some of the things I tried to do, you’ll end up with fabulous Instagram-worthy eggs (maybe).
What You’re Going To Need
- Basic, boring hard-boiled eggs. Keyword: hard-boiled- Dying uncooked eggs is going to be a major disaster and no one is going to envy your eggs with glitter floating around in yolk. It’s just not a cute look and there’s no filter good enough to fix a downright bad idea. You can dye as many as you want, but be mindful of how many colors you’d like. I wasn’t too fussy, so I simply used a little over a dozen.
- Paas Deluxe Egg Dying Kit (or your preferred egg dye)
- White Vinegar (1 tablespoon per color used)
- Room temperature water (1/2 cup per color used)
- Measuring Cup
- Egg Dying Cups or something similar (one per color)
- (Optional): Paper Towels
- (Optional): Food Grade Glitter
- (Optional): Scissors
- (Optional): Spoons
Let’s Get Started!
1 Read the instructions. If you were able to find the same exact kit that I used, you will be okay to follow what I did (for the most part). If you have a different kit, you’re going to want to note any method differences, ensuring that your eggs come out the way they should. But if you’re like me, you’re probably going to rip the box open and throw it away immediately. That’s perfectly fine too.
2 Dump everything out of the box. If you’re using the Paas kit, you’re in for a treat. There’s a lot of fun stuff in there. There are little plastic egg wraps, stickers, a wax crayon—multiple ways to pimp your egg. I honestly threw half of that stuff into the trash (ain’t nobody got time for that), but if you are an adventurous, crafty soul, take a look at it all and pick out what you like. Since we’re only using glitter today, dig around and pull it out of the pile. You will also want to remove the color tablet packets and egg dippers.
3 Place your color tablets. As you will see above, I had color tablets left over. You may be wondering why this is. Well, I didn’t have enough egg cups for all the colors. Once I realized I had to get up and find alternative egg cups I simply couldn’t be bothered. If you were actually well prepared and have enough egg cups for each color, go ahead and place your tablets. If you can, try to match the color of the tablet to the color of your cups. If not, forgeddabouit. What? I am from Chicago. Okay, I’m from California, but I live near Chicago. Kinda. Not really. Whatever.
Since I knew I didn’t have enough cups, I tried to be cute and fight the establishment by putting similar looking tablets together. Now, you can do whatever you want to here. I mean, who am I to hinder your egg artistry and self-expression? Just keep in mind that the instructions (Remember those?) say to place one tablet per cup. All done? Did you decide to still double-up on tablets despite my warnings? Good job.
4 Add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to each cup. The first tablet I added vinegar to was supposed to be the “yellow” one. It wasn’t. It was green, which was a considerable surprise. Now you see why they say, ‘one tablet per cup’. The tablet may look red, but be purple. Once I saw that the tablet (I was dead convinced) was yellow was indeed green, I yanked all of my extra tablets out of the cups. The last thing I needed were a bunch of brown or black eggs. I mean, it could have turned out cool, but I couldn’t promise that. And there are just some things that all the glitter in the world can’t fix.
Once all of the cups have vinegar in them, wait for the tablets to completely dissolve. Or, you can be a G and start adding the water and dying eggs. Take my word for it though, they come out way better if you simply wait. Premature dying leads to extremely spotty and splotchy eggs with horribly uneven color. If that’s the effect you want, be my guest, but I’m pretty sure this is one warning you’ll want to heed.
5 Just add water. About 1/2 a cup of room temperature water, to be exact. You can use your measuring cup for this, go by the notches on the egg cups or simply eyeball it.
While the vinegar is supposed to help color vibrancy, the water simply stretches the liquid and ensures you have enough for each egg. You don’t have to stir it or anything, but you certainly can if you want to. Once all of your cups have the right amount of water (or not), bust out the glitter packet.
6 Dump all the glitter out. Okay, not really. Sprinkle a conservative amount of glitter into each of your egg cups, ensuring that you have enough for each color. Once each cup has some you can always go back and add more. I highly recommend saving enough to refresh your cups with additional glitter after egg dipping. I wanted a dramatic glitter effect, so I planned to sprinkle some on before they dried. If this is your plan as well, make sure that you account for that along the way. Depending on how many eggs you plan on doing or if you are extremely heavy handed (like myself) you may need extra glitter. You can get some extra-fine food grade glitter ahead of time from a craft or specialty baking store.
You really don’t need to stir the glitter, but you could. I didn’t because I was afraid it would all clump up. A gentle swirl of the cup helps distribute the glitter throughout the dye.
7 Dunk those eggs. Using the egg dippers that come in the kit (or a spoon), gently lower your eggs into all of the cups. I think it goes without saying that you should only dye one egg per cup, but in case anyone is thinking of taking liberties here: Only place one egg per cup.
Here comes the part where a little patience is required. Leave your eggs in their cups until they reach the specific shade you desire. I was going for a bright, but still pastel look, so I had to wait approx. 4-5 minutes. If you would like your eggs to be lighter, don’t leave them in very long. Similarly, if you want highly pigmented eggs, leave them in longer than I did.
8 Check for color and remove. You can check your eggs’ dying progress with your handy dandy egg dippers (or spoon), just make sure you aren’t “cross contaminating” your colors. This is where the paper towel can come in handy. I used two egg dippers (one for light colors and one for dark) and wiped them off after pulling out each egg. I also pulled the eggs out from lightest to darkest, just in case I didn’t wipe the dippers off properly.
Ensure any extra dye has dripped off of your egg prior to placing them back in their egg carton to dry. I cannot tell you how many times I have dyed eggs only to come back on Easter day and find them still wet on the bottom. A gentle shake of the egg dipper as you remove the egg from its cup will help remove the majority of the liquid that’s trying to tag along.
9 Frown at the lack of glitter. As you can see here, the dipping deposits a little glitter. If you want a small amount of glitter, this is probably good enough. However, if you want your eggs to shine and be envied from outer space, you’re going to need to reach for that glitter I told you to save earlier. Just tap out however much you want onto the eggs once they are safely tucked away in their carton. Make sure you are quick though because the glitter won’t stick once they dry, and eggs dry fast. Adding extra glitter is also a great way to hide imperfections (glitter clumps, uneven dying, cracks).
Keep repeating steps 7-9 (and 6 as needed) until all of your eggs are finished.
10 Gloat about your glittery accomplishment. By now you should have a collection of colorful, glitter encrusted eggs. No longer will you have to be embarrassed by your egg dying skills (unless you completely botched the instructions). No worries though. Even if some of your eggs still came out looking wonky you can simply eat the weird ones and pretend they never existed. That’s the great thing about edible crafts—you can eat whatever looks like garbage. They’ll never know. Muah-hahaha!
Once you’ve eaten the eggs you messed up, toss the rest into a cute basket with some Easter grass and be glad that this entire fiasco is over. Maybe by next year you’ll pick up some fancier egg decorating skills…or decide to finally give up and stick to plastic eggs. -XO