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Forty Days of Crafts: Classic Vinegar-Dyed Easter Eggs

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
— Romans 6:4 (KJV)

No need to spend money on expensive egg dyeing kits! Color eggs with food coloring and vinegar — and celebrate new life in the resurrected Christ with your friends and family.



  • Hard boiled eggs (You’ll find instructions for perfectly boiling eggs below.)
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Pipe cleaners / wire holders
  • Boiling water
  • Small bowls or containers

Step 1: Put ¼ cup of boiling water in a small bowl or other container.


Step 2: Mix 1 tsp of vinegar into the water.


Step 3: Add 10-20 drops of food coloring to the mixture. (The more food coloring you add, the darker the eggs will be.) Combine primary colors (half of each) to make secondary colors like green and purple.


Step 4: Wrap a pipe cleaner around an egg, then twist the pipe cleaner to secure it to the egg. Make sure it’s tight enough to hold the egg securely but not tight enough to crack the egg.


Step 5: Pick up the egg by the pipe cleaner and slowly lower the egg into the food coloring. Repeat this process with as many eggs and colors as you would like. Mix and match colors to create new colors and multi-colored designs. (Note: the longer you hold the egg in the liquid, the darker the egg will be.)

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Step 6: Let eggs dry on a paper plate or wax paper until fully dry.


How to Hard Boil an Egg

Place eggs in a pot and cover with cold water. Make sure the eggs are covered by at least 1 inch of water. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover the pan with a lid, and remove it from the heat. Leave the eggs in the pan of hot water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain water and rinse eggs with cold water.



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