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The Trick for More Intense Easter Egg Color

By gabrielleblair |

easy decoupage easter eggs

Here’s a way to make your Easter eggs a little more unique this year: decoupage! My kids and I tried it out a few years ago and they loved it.

We used origami paper and two sizes of shaped hole punches to cut out shapes in the spectrum of colors. Then we set a bowl of Mod Podge in the middle of the table and gave each child their own sponge brush. It was great fun. See another photo below and learn the trick to get the color to instantly stick to your eggs. easy decoupage easter eggs

Here’s what we learned, give the boiled eggs a rubdown with vinegar before putting them in the dye bath and the color will be more intense.

For even more decorating tips, check out: Decorating Tips to Dye For: 8 ways to dress up those Easter eggs

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11 thoughts on “The Trick for More Intense Easter Egg Color

  1. Tamsin says:

    We decorate eggs the way most people do them in Norway.

    Take uncooked eggs, then poke a hole in the top and the bottom with a pin. Then hold the egg over a bowl and blow into one end of the egg. This forces the egg white and yolk out of the hole in the other end, eventually leaving you with a whole, empty egg shell and a bowl full of raw eggs. Have omelette for dinner!

    Then decorate the egg shells however you wish. We would usually paint then using water colors and brushes, but markers work well too.

    Finally, attach a looped thread to half a match and feed the match through the hole in the top of the egg. This allows you to hang the egg, like in the top photo in this post:

    Whoa, long comment!

  2. Sharon says:

    These are beautiful! I haven’t made decorated eggs in years, these have inspired me & I think I’ll have a go at it again this year.

  3. Bonnie (AvaGirlDesigns) says:

    I love this idea of the Norway method because I always feel guilty of hard boiling twenty eggs that some can not be used for dyeing because the shell pop. Then what do you do with all those eggs only so many egg salad sandwiches a person can eat!

  4. Noreen says:

    I love this tip! It’s often hard to get a color intense enough when you’re dying eggs, and I’m definitely going to try it. In case you’d like to link to it, I added a link to this tip on the egg crafting page here:

  5. Angela says:

    You can’t use Mod Podge on eggs to be eaten, or anything to do with food.

  6. Tamsin says:

    OK, I came back to say that I put together a little tutorial on how to make the Norwegian Easter eggs: Hopefully it’s helpful!

  7. NANCY says:

    We’re not big lovers of hard boiled eggs so we dye ours RAW. Let the dye cool to room temperature, CAREFULLY color the eggs, then return them to the carton. It’s a blast making breakfast or baking when you open a carton to all those colors! It only takes a minute or two to dip, dry, then repack the eggs (the eggs stay cold and at a safe temp.–they are at room temp. for less time than it takes to bring them home from the store.)

  8. James says:

    Want to dye some eggs with swirls – after doing all of your solid colors, add a little cooking oil to the dye cup. Stir it up and then dye. The eggs will dye with random swirl patterns.

    To minimize cracking eggs when boiling, puts the eggs in the pot before putting the pot on the stove. Caution – you have to watch so you know when the water starts boiling and thus know when to take them off.

  9. seva says:

    Angela, The Mod Podge was used on hollow eggs, no yolk, no white, just the shell.

  10. thom says:

    In our house when I was a kid we made “cascarones”. We took raw eggs and opened a hole (about an inch in diameter) in one end with a paring knife. We emptied the contents for use later. Then we would paint them up with acrylics and let them dry overnight. In the morning, we filled them with confetti and sealed the end with a piece of colorful tissue paper and a little white glue. We would chase each other around with these and smash them on our heads. Preferably, outdoors. Confetti everywhere! Good times!

  11. claudia zabala says:

    I also, combine 3 drops of apple vinegar, 3 drops of corn oil, and some drops of food coloring in a half cup of tap water. Mix everything with a spoor or fork. You will be amazed about the rainbow that you get when you dip the eggs in different colors. Dip the eggs in one color and wait until some parts get colored (about 15-20 seconds), then dip them another color depending on the contrast what you want and the colors that you want. Let them dry, it will take some time for the oil to be absorbed or clean them with a dry towel. The results are like having antique decorated eggs. I hope you have fun!

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