If you know me even a little bit, you probably know that I tend to come up with these crazy, way-too-big-and-yet-brilliant ideas (typically centered around crafts). And most of the time, I actually try them out, which is why I was able to make pinwheel flowers and a pennant banner for Zoey’s first birthday, a tutu for Halloween (not for me) and homemade Christmas gifts two years ago. It’s also why I learned to crochet and scrapbook. But that doesn’t mean I always finish my big projects, which is why I have a TON of scrapbooks that need journaling, Zoey’s blanket is only halfway done and I have a HUGE list of crafts on pinterest that I haven’t even tried yet (brilliant ideas to come, right?).
All of that being said, a couple of weeks ago, I started thinking about coloring Easter eggs with Zoey and Greg. Then I got a couple of parenting magazines in the mail and started playing around on pinterest and I saw all of these awesome egg coloring ideas that are so different from the usual dunk them in a cup of dye. And I thought, Hey! Why couldn’t I try a bunch of them for this little dog-and-pony-show blog? That’s how my latest grandiose idea was born.
But I didn’t expect to run short on time, so I had to pare my egg coloring ideas down to just a couple and one of them I present to you now: tye dyed eggs.
I have to give credit where credit is due: I found this idea on pinterest, but it originally came from www.housingaforest.com.
Here we go:
What you’ll need:
White eggs–any size
Sharpie markers in different colors
Some type of dropper (we used an old baby medicine syringe/dropper)
1. Gently, poke a hole on each side of the raw egg. To do this, we used a push pin.
2. Use the toothpick to make the hole on the bottom of the egg just a tiny bit bigger than the hole on the top:
3. Reach your toothpick into the larger hole and move it around a bit–this scrambles the yolk and makes it easier to get it out of the egg.
4. Hold the egg over an empty bowl with the larger hole facing the bowl and gently blow into the smaller top hole. You’ll see egg yolk start to come out after a couple breaths. Keep blowing until all of the yolk is out of the egg and into the bowl. Discard or make scrambled eggs.
5. Once the egg is cleaned out, start coloring the shell with Sharpie markers. If you’re doing this with kids, make sure they know not to push down too hard on the egg with the marker or squeeze the egg.
6. After you’ve colored your eggs, put the rubbing alcohol into your dropper and slowly drip it over each egg. The colors will run and start to blend in really awesome ways.
7. Let dry and then display:
Some things to note: the original instructions from the source I used hard-boiled the eggs first, but also warned that once you color on the shells, the eggs should not be eaten because there is a chance the Sharpie marker could have bled through the shell and onto the egg. We fixed this problem by blowing out the eggs first. Also, the more color on each egg, the prettier it becomes when the colors blend.