1. Spread newspaper over your work surface. Prepare dye for coloring eggs, and individual mugs or containers for each color.
2. Place one teaspoon of vinegar in each cup. Add about 1 1/2 cups hot water to the vinegar. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container.
3. Dip each egg into the dye, allowing the egg to sit for only a few minutes for pastel eggs, or several minutes for darker eggs.
4. Use a spoon to remove egg from dye and gently dry excess water with a paper towel.
Vegetable color dyes:
– Onion skins produce beautiful deep golden yellow and if you deliberately wrap some eggs inside skins you will find beautiful delicate patterns on them when they are cool.
– Beetroot juice for pink.
– Moss or birch leaves for green.
To make speckles Eggs:
– Mix 10 drops of red and 5 drops of green food coloring in a small glass with a few drops of water. You should now have brown dye.
– To speckle the eggs (You may want to wear rubber gloves for this step!): Dip an old toothbrush in the brown dye, shaking off the excess water. Point the toothbrush 6 to 10 inches from the egg. Run your finger along the bristles from front to back to speckle the egg.
– Place eggs in an empty egg carton to dry, then store in the refrigerator.