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How to Paint Easter Eggs

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Painted Easter Eggs

Painted Easter Eggs

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The tradition of painting Easter eggs goes back to the ancient Persians who painted eggs for Nowrooz, a New Year celebration that occured on the Spring equinox.

Prepare the Food Coloring

Using regular food color dye: in a small bowl, mix 1/4 teaspoon of food coloring with some hot water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Do this for each color. Add the egg and keep it in the bowl the color is dark enough. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon.

Variations

Using masking tape of parts of an egg, dip in color, remove the tape and dip in a different color.

How to Create Marbleized Eggs

  • Get desired food colors ready
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil to each color you want to marbleize
  • Dye eggs as directed on dye package (except for the added oil)
  • The oil will cause the marbleized effect
Tip: Protect and shine the finished eggs with cooking oil and a soft cloth.

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