How to dye Easter Eggs and … fail.

1.  Go online and do your research.  

If you’re a novice like me, look for one that’s really easy and uncomplicated.  If you’ve done it before, you’ll know what to do, but it’s fun to look for inspiration and other ideas.

I found these lovely Easter egg instructions on the Martha Stewart website and I thought to myself, they look really simple.  So I bookmarked the page and told little T that we were going to dye eggs for Easter, forgetting the fact that I’m really crap at anything DIY, I try but I always fail but that doesn’t stop me from trying again and again.  Someday I will be a DIY goddess!

2.  Get your ingredients ready.

– boiled eggs.

– food colouring (Sadly, we only had 4 left) 1st mistake: Not checking ingredients before hand.

– 1 tsp vinegar

– mugs deep enough to immerse your eggs in hot water.

3.  Follow instructions carefully.

– Mix 1 tsp of vinegar in 1 cup of hot water with 20 drops of food colouring.

– Immerse your boiled egg in the cup carefully.  The recipe said the longer you leave it in the cup, the darker the eggs will be.  I was aiming for pastel colours, so I quickly took them out.  The eggs looked exactly the same … brown.  So I thought, I think it needed more time for the dye to stick.  So we waited.

And waited.

And waited.  I fed little T her lunch and thought, we’ll check again later.  Nada – the eggs were still brown.

4.  Check whether they used white or brown eggs.

Went back to the website and double-checked the steps, yes, I did everything.  And then it dawned on me, they dyed white eggs and I was using brown ones!  And I read that brown eggs apparently have harder and tougher shells.  So I thought of adding more food colouring, but no amount of waiting did anything to the eggs.  Yes, that was obviously my mistake number 2 and very crucial one too!

Little T was getting impatient and so was I!  So I thought, sod it.  Let’s go for the easy-way-out and use paint instead!

And she was happy just doing that!  It’s all about having fun right?  And at least little T enjoyed painting, even though the eggs didn’t look very “Eastery”.

See … We tried making a dotted egg, a striped one (but failed) and one with a heart.  (Btw, I didn’t put newspaper on our garden table because it actually needs re-painting, otherwise I would’ve done so).

Thankfully they ended up looking better once dried.

And even better when I added some of little T’s chocolates.

Have you dyed brown eggs before?  Do tell how me you did it.  I seriously need help.

Now excuse me while I bake us some Easter cupcakes!

Thank goodness I’m good at that 🙂

Have a lovely Easter everyone!


  1. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    Um, wow. Okay. I can honestly say that we would never consider brown eggs for dying – they should be white, otherwise you can’t get any color on them. And, do they not make the dying kits over there? Here in the States we just hop down to the store and grab a 99 cent box and it comes with like 6 tablets, and you drop them in a coffee cup, with a splash of vinegar and water… the water doesn’t even have to be hot!

    And these kits, on the back they have little perforated circles that you punch out and put the eggs on there to dry! This year we did some glitter eggs and some tie dye ones! Start to finish was like 30 minutes! 🙂

    I’m glad in the end that you two had fun! Happy Easter!

    • Told you it was a major fail! Hahaha. As for the kits, I’m sure we have something like that over here. I just didn’t prepare ahead of time, which I should’ve. I’ve learned my lesson now and yes, at least Little T was happy making them 🙂

      • Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

        Okay, I’m totally laughing at you – not going to lie – but the flip side is that I’m so glad you’ve shared a fail, because I was beginning to wonder if you ever messed anything up! 😉

        • And I’m laughing with you! Oh I do loads of stupid things Kate.. this is just a minor one 😉

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