We dyed Easter eggs with Kool-Aid the other day when we did the egg frame drawing. Then we took the Kool-Aid a step further and marbled Easter eggs with it! I just love how these look! Fancy and subtle at the same time.
Here's how we decorated these eggs. This is an easy and quick method—so give it a try today if you have yet to dye your eggs! (Otherwise pin for next year...)
- White eggs, hardboiled
- Packages of Kool-Aid powder (experiment with different colors)
- Hot water
- Distilled white vinegar
- Vegetable oil
First, Daphne cut open the remainder of the Kool-Aid packages we had selected at the store...
...and dumped the powder in a motley selection of bowls and cups.
I poured hot water over the powder and added 1-2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar per color. Then, Daphne put a tablespoon of vegetable oil in each color dye and stirred.
We added the eggs and then let sit for a bit. The darker colors, such as red, worked their magic quickly. The paler colors of pink and yellow took longer to dye the eggs.
We then transferred the eggs to an egg carton to dry.
Aren't they beautiful? Some have little (or big) dots of white where the oil sat on the surface of the water and connected with the eggs and some have more of a swirled effect.
We found it helpful to stir or whisk the oil and Kool-Aid mixture each time we were about to add an egg. Otherwise, the oil pooled into the center and we ended up with a very large white spot. Which was cool, too, but we were going for the more marbled look...
As you can see, our Kool-Aid packets yielded a lot of reds, pinks, and browns (the brown was actually due to accidentally mixing some green powder --I think-- with some red powder). I love this mix, but would probably aim for some blues, greens, and purples next time, too. You know... Just to try them.
Have you dyed and decorated your Easter eggs yet? What technique or techniques did you use?