Now let me start by saying that I'm actually not big on dyeing eggs. My oldest is turning 5 soon and this is the first time I have actually dyed eggs with the kids of Easter. Why you may ask? Well, to be honest, I don't like the whole vinegar smell and it just seems like a whole lot of work. Funny thing is, I use a vinegar and water mixture as my all purpose cleaner, every single day but for some reason, I can't stand it when it comes to dyeing eggs.
While browsing through Pinterest a few weeks ago , I came across a pin that said dye your eggs with Kool Aid. I remember thinking, oh, I never knew you could dye eggs with Kool Aid, it sounds so simple! But then didn't really think about it again, I didn't even pin it.
Then when I was in the supermarket picking up an ice-cream cake for my husband's birthday, I came across the holiday aisle with the endless boxes of egg dyes and I happened to remember the Kool Aid pin. So I thought, why not! Unfortunately, the store only had Tropical Punch flavor available at 4 packs for $1, so that is what I got.
Today was the start of spring break for the 3 older kids, so I thought it would be fun for us to dye some eggs. I hard boiled 6 eggs, thinking they could each do 2 and got the dye baths ready.
I wanted to see if we could do some fun patterns, like an ombre look so I tried to make dye baths in different amounts.
One of the great things about using Kool Aid is that it smells really good! Nowadays with what I know about the dangers of food coloring and such, I would never drink Kool Aid. But I must say it was nice to not smell vinegar when dyeing the eggs. And it was super easy. I emptied the contents of the 4 packs that I bought into 3 clear cups and then added room temperature water and stirred. That's it!
Each kid put in one of their eggs and watched them change colors! I was amazed at how vibrant the color turned out and the kids were pretty excited at their first egg dyeing experience. Like I mentioned earlier we tried to do an ombre look but the kids weren't quite patient enough to successfully do it.
So after they were done dyeing their eggs and we were waiting for them to dry, I decided to boil up 3 more eggs for myself to see if I could make some more artsy ones.
First here is how the kids' eggs turn out:
Pretty good first experience for me and the kids I must say! I'm actually kinda inspired to get some other colors next year so we could have some rainbow colored eggs!
Do you dye eggs for Easter? Have you dyed eggs with Kool Aid before?