Saturday, March 30, 2013

Trying out 3 Different Egg Dye Kits

Easter is coming, which means it's time to color some eggs. Our hens are laying like crazy right now & we are getting at least a dozen eggs every day. I thought it would be fun to try out a couple different egg dye kits.

Hard boiling fresh eggs can be tricky. The shell tends to want to stick to the egg when you peel it. There are a variety of methods to try to fix that problem. The method that works best for me is adding 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the water. My husband prefers to steam the eggs.

We've had these egg dying cups for years. It makes me happy to get them out each year. We have regular ol' dye tablets in the cups.

Mr. T made a couple eggs like this. The oval shapes in the middle of the egg are his fingertips from holding one end of the egg in the pink dye after dying the other end green.

Their fingers are usually just as colored as the eggs.

Our dark brown Marans eggs produced rich, jewel toned colors.

A pretty one made by Princess K.

I bought an egg kit that came with camouflage stickers. It also came with dye to color the eggs first. But, I just stuck the stickers on our brown eggs. I don't love these eggs as much as I thought I would.

We've been incubating & hatching chicks, so naturally I had to take pics of them with the colored eggs.

The other kit I tried involved rubbing metallic paper on colored eggs. I love how these turned out, but the kit only decorated these 5 eggs. There was one extra piece of metallic paper, but the glue was out. I tried decorating the eggs first, before giving the metallic paper to my kids. It ended up being quite a chore for me to do it that I never ended up letting my kids try. So yes they are pretty, but I'm not sure they're worth the effort.

When it comes right down to it, I don't need the fancy dye kits. My favorite eggs are the one that are plain & only one color. And, since our eggs themselves have a range of colors, one set of dye tablets produced a large variety of colors.

Wishing everybody a Happy Easter!

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