Frugal Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs
Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 7:00 am
Easter is coming up soon. Are you ready to dye some Easter eggs? Chances are your children cannot wait to do this extremely fun and creative holiday activity. Fortunately, Easter egg dyeing can be done in a way that is frugal and kid-friendly. Before you buy the package of egg dye from the grocery store, check out these ideas.
Creative Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs
Decorate With Paper
Want to avoid absolutely all forms of dye? There is a way to do it! Print out some paper decorations that are designed to be used on Easter eggs. PAAS has several designs on their Facebook page that you can download and print out for free. Cut out the design. Wrap the band around the egg and use some tape to connect it.
Use up the Kool-Aid
How many packages of Kool-Aid do you have stored away in your home right now? Use some of those to dye Easter eggs with, and you won’t have to spend money on Easter egg dye. A blog called Hey!JenRenee has instructions about how to use Kool-aid to dye eggs, as well as some lovely photos that show what flavors of Kool-Aid result in what color when used on eggs.
Raid the Refrigerator
Did you know that you can use food to color Easter eggs with? This idea has gained popularity with people who are seeking products that include natural ingredients. To get vibrant colors from food based Easter egg dye you may need to leave the eggs in the dye longer than you would if you were using the typical pellet form of dye that you buy at the store.
TheKitchn blog has excellent instructions that you can follow in order to get vibrantly colored Easter eggs from natural dyes, as well as specific recipes that you can use to make the dye.
What’s in your kitchen right now? Readers Digest has a slide show that points out which foods to use if you are seeking a specific color of Easter egg (presuming you are starting with white eggs). Here are a few examples from their blog:
Coffee = brown
Blueberries = lavender
Skins of yellow onions = sienna
Paprika = brick red
Purple grape juice = blue-gray
Use Food Coloring
Families that do a lot of baking might have several bottles of food coloring sitting in their kitchen. Use it to dye Easter eggs! FrugalFamilyFun has a recipe that includes food coloring, water, and vinegar. The result is a quick and easy way to dye Easter eggs.