This is a fun, fairly quick Easter project to do with the little's! There are a number of different types of food coloring available, if you want really fun colors we suggest the Neon food coloring available from McCormick.
See, didn't that look simple?! Now here are the directions step by step, just in case you missed something. . .
1 Dozen Hard Boiled Eggs
White Coffee Filters
Eye Droppers or Spray Bottle
Food Coloring Dye (the Neon colors come out really well!)
First, if you're tackling this fun project with kids, be sure to cover your entire working area with newspaper to prevent accidental staining. It also helps to wear disposable gloves to avoid staining your fingers too.
Wrap each egg in a plain white coffee filter, gently twisting at the end to tighten.
Add drops of food coloring to the tissue paper, choosing various colors to alter the pattern.
Holding the egg over a dish, spritz it generously with water. The more water you add the more washed out the design will become. If you prefer Bold colors, go easy on the water.
Set the egg aside to dry. Repeat with the remaining eggs.
Let the eggs dry, this takes about an hour without help, but if you're impatient you can use a hair dryer set on low to quickly dry the eggs (about 5 minutes!)
Second Method for Using Homemade Dyes
First, protect the work surface with newspapers.
Secondly, Prepare the Egg Dyes in various colors (or use store bought food coloring, as desired).
Third, to begin tie-dying your eggs, place 1 egg inside a coffee filter, bring it to a close around the egg and secure it closed by twisting gently.
Next, Using the eye dropper (you could also use a straw by holding the end to pick up one drop of dye at a time) drop your choice of colors on the coffee filtered egg.
Once the egg is drenched in varying colors, set it aside to dry. Continue decorating until all the eggs are finished.
Allow to dry for at least 60 minutes.
Once the filters are dry, untwist, avoid tearing the coffee filter. Voila, you now have a tie dyed egg!
If you want to create an additional craft, lay 2-3 of the dry colored coffee filters on top of one another. Bunch them in the center and tie them off with a rubber band, This will form a flower. You can either insert a green pipe cleaner for a stem or if you'd prefer, leave off the pipe cleaner add a safety pin and you have a corsage to wear!