Rubber Band Eggs
Dying Easter Eggs is one of my children's favorite Easter traditions! They love picking different colors and trying out different techniques. We love this method because it makes such beautiful designs and is really easy even for the youngest kids! It's almost like magic when they take the rubber bands off and see the stripes they created!
How we did it:
- food coloring
- white vinegar
- cups or bowls - one for each color
- rubber bands
- paper towels
Gather all materials. We use regular food coloring instead of purchased egg kits simply because it's what we already have on hand. I do use the plastic egg cups from a kit we bought years ago because the kids really like them.
Have an adult hard-boil the eggs. There are lots of ways to boil an egg. In general, make sure you put them in a pan covered with cold water and then bring to a boil. Some recipes say to remove from heat once boiling and let sit for about 15 minutes. Then, place them in a bowl of cold water for 15 minutes. Whatever way you boil them, just be careful not to crack them!
While the eggs were boiling, we used the vinegar and food coloring to make our egg dye. The kids had a great time following the directions on the food coloring box to make different shades for our eggs.
The kids each took an egg and placed it in a whisk to use as a dipper. I picked this tip up from Pinterest and I'm so glad. It was the most helpful for my 2-year-old who kept wanting to lift his egg up to see it change color. The other kids preferred using tongs and their fingers to get to their eggs.
After each egg had a base color, we carefully wrapped a rubber band around each egg two or three times being careful not to crack the eggs.
Then, the kids chose another color to place their egg in. In general, we tried to choose a lighter color for the base color and then a darker color for the second coat.
After the eggs got their second coat, we placed them on a plate covered in a paper towel to dry. The kids were so excited when they took the rubber bands off and saw the patterns they had created!