My family has a longstanding Easter tradition that I absolutely love. We get together to dye Easter eggs on Good Friday, have lunch, and then let the kiddos get to making those eggs pretty for the Easter Bunny. Over the years, I've learned a few hacks that have made egg dyeing so much easier and so much more fun for everyone involved.

1. Get a piece of denim for a tablecloth - Buy a couple of yards of denim fabric and spread it over whatever table you are using to dye the eggs. You don't have to hem it, and because it's heavy material, it won't slide around on the table. I use my denim tablecloth whenever I don't mind that it's going to get dirty and potentially stained. I've used it for not only dyeing Easter eggs but to protect my trunk during spring plant buying sprees or to throw down on the grass for a picnic at the park.


2. Dye eggs outside - Easter egg dye is a lot easier to deal with by washing it down with a hose than it is with a mop in your kitchen. I learned that after the first time I had a kitchen full of kids making a mess.


3. Use food coloring to get deeper dye colors - You can either use store bought dye and add food coloring to make it deeper and more vibrant or you can make your own. Use either traditional food coloring or icing colors. You need a bowl with 1 cup of hot water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10-20 drops of food coloring (depending on how intense you want the color). Make sure you use a deep enough bowl to submerge the egg, and that's it.

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4. Buy white t-shirts - Sounds weird but let the beasties wear the t-shirts and make as much of a mess as they want. After all the dyeing fun is done, use a permanent marker and date the shirt. It's a fun keepsake of the day and fun to remember how little the monsters used to be as they get older.


5. Dye the kids drinks - This is just a fun thing to do that has nothing to do with eggs. If you're going to have lunch and then dye eggs, let the kids dye a cup of Sprite with food coloring. You could also dye lemonade with a couple of drops of food coloring. The kids will think it's super cool to dye their drinks different colors.


Happy Easter!

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