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The perfect method for dying eggs with kids - allows for more creativity and less mess!

Watercolor Eggs: For a More Creative Dyeing Experience

Hope everyone had a good St. Paddy’s Day, now it’s time for Easter – it’s so early this year! Kaley’s here sharing an awesome idea on how to make egg dying more fun for the littles.  I’ll definitely be trying this with S and C for Easter.  In fact, boiled eggs have become a daily snack around here ever since New Year, New Rules so this might become a regular art activity for us.


Speaking of Easter – how do you all hunt?  Do you prefer a small backyard gathering or do you brave one of the public spectacles (fun but chaotic!)?

If you have a toddler or young child, simply dropping eggs into dye and waiting a few minutes until they are ready to be taken out may not be engaging enough to keep their interest. This was definitely the case with my 3 year old when we were making our Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs.

She couldn’t understand why we didn’t get to actually color the eggs, and for her it seemed like an eternity waiting to take the eggs out of the dye. So we made another round of colored eggs, but this time she painted them with watercolors made of food colors and vinegar. She had so much fun, and after 2 dozen eggs she was still begging to paint more.

Watercolor Easter Egg Dying - less mess and more creativity!

You will need:

  • hard boiled eggs
  • food colors
  • white vinegar
  • a paintbrush
  • small bowls or jars

Watercolor Easter Eggs - Less mess & more creativity!

1. Mix a few drops of food coloring with 2-3 Tablespoons of water in a small bowl or jar, until you get to your desired color. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to each bowl or jar.

2. Use a small paintbrush to paint the eggs with the watercolors.

3. Place the painted eggs into the carton to dry.

4. Admire your beautiful, colorful eggs.

Watercolor Easter Eggs: More creativity and less mess - great for young kids!

The food coloring may stain your skin, so if blue fingertips bother you, you can paint the eggs while they are still in the carton. If you don’t mind scrubbing little fingers a bit, try holding the eggs and rotating them as the paint drips.

Watercolor Easter Eggs - less mess and more opportunity to be creative = great for kids!

Not only is painting the eggs a more interactive, fun activity for your little ones, as opposed to simply dropping them in the dye and waiting, but you will love the watercolor effect on your beautifully colored eggs.

DIY Watercolor Easter Eggs

Happy Easter!

Question of the Day

Speaking of Easter – how do you all hunt?  Do you prefer a small backyard gathering or do you brave one of the public spectacles (fun but chaotic!)?



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Kaley is a photographer who spends her days starting lots of projects and finishing few of them. She lives in San Francisco with her awesomely creative daughter and her amazingly understanding husband.

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Jenny Collier March 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Such a cute idea. My littles would love this!


Nicole March 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

This is a fabulous way to color eggs. We have found that fishing the egg back out of the colored dye with the teeny tiny wire is beyond frustrating to little hands! We will be water coloring our eggs this year! I love it!


mpmk March 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Couldn’t agree with you more Nicole – even as an adult I find that super frustrating!


Megan March 26, 2013 at 11:58 am

If you use a wire whisk it is much easier. Just push the egg into the whisk and when it is done coloring separate the wires a little and pull it out. I discovered this method last year and it is much easier.


Chris March 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I think we may try doing it this way this year.

Re: using the little wire for fishing out an egg, we’ve found that placing your egg within a wire whisk (you can get cheap ones for under $1 at Walmart) saves you from that whole problem. Put the egg in, let it sit in the coloring for however long, pull it and then move the wires to allow the egg back out. :)


Emily March 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Perfect! We will be doing this this week… Better stock up on eggs!


Emily March 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Loved this! It worked awesome and kept my kiddos busy while I cooked supper and they had a great time! Thanks for the great idea!!


Teresa March 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Love this Kaley! Cant wait to try it. Do you think white wine vinegar works??


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