How to Dye Plastic Easter Eggs

by HereWeGoAJen on March 22, 2014

A’Dell recently found some plastic Easter Eggs at Walmart that claimed to be dyeable like real eggs. When she tested them, she discovered that they did a poor job of absorbing dye. So knowing this, I made some adaptations to the ones I dyed and managed to get them to do pretty well.

Here is the packaging from the eggs so you know what you are looking for when you shop. (I forgot to take a picture until after we dyed them.)

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So, knowing they didn’t dye well, I specifically looked for a dye kit that promised bright colors and then I bought three identical ones. The instructions on the plastic eggs said to use four teaspoons of vinegar and no water, so I ignored the instructions on the actual dye kit. (Which called for one tablespoon of vinegar and a quarter cup of water or something like that.) Since I was using three kits but was going for bright colors, I doubled the amount of vinegar. So I ended up using three dye tablets and eight teaspoons of vinegar for each color.

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The eggs float, so I either used an egg dipper to poke them under or I just swirled them around in the cup to cover them. I wasn’t able to test this scientifically because I was working with a five year old assistant but it seemed to me that the length of time in the dye didn’t matter at all. With real eggs, you get deeper colors if you leave them in longer. With these, it seems like they grab the amount of dye they are going to get and that’s it, no matter how long they stay in there. Which, since they float, is actually a benefit or the colors would end up all uneven because the parts on top would be much lighter.

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I also found that the wire egg dippers that always come with dye kits scratched up these plastic eggs, so just use the plastic ones that came with the eggs.

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(Ryan insisted on his own egg dyeing experience so he is using an empty cup and painted eggs from the play kitchen.)

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Another hint for egg dyeing in general this year is that these bunny egg grabbers are awesome and cheap. I got this pair at Michaels for a dollar or two and they were really useful.

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I am not a very good at egg dyeing in general, but I actually found these easier to work with than regular eggs. They came out much more even than my eggs normally do. They aren’t perfect though, they had color splotches where they were sitting when they dried. I’m definitely happy with them though.

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