I find this method easier and cheaper than the store bought tablets. I also find it cleaner than some of the varieties that they sell now (we tried the sponge ones one year... It was fun, but incredibly messy)
Suggestion from April:
"Here is an idea for Easter Eggs for toddlers. Use spray bottles with color water & let the toddler spray the eggs. Eggs can either be white or already dyed. This way, they can participate as well. The eggs turn out beautifully."
- hard boiled egg(s)
- vinegar (plain white)
- small bowls, cups or empty margarine containers
- food color drops
- fill containers about 1/2 to 2/3 full of water. Don't full TOO full or when you put the eggs in it will overflow. I like using cups because it's the most frugal *grin*.
- Add 1 tsp of vinegar (for every 1 cup - ish of water. We don't need absolute measurements here, but if you're using a gallon ice cream pail you'll need more vinegar than if you're using a teacup).
- Add drops of food color until you're happy with the hue. (I usually get happy with the hue and then add 2 more drops... I find that tends to make the eggs the color I was originally happy with).
- Put hard boiled eggs in the cups (I use a Tbsp to put them in and take them out).
- Let dry. Wipe with vegetable oil (with paper towel or a rag) to make a glossier egg.
NOTE: I always cover my work surface with newspaper so the dye doesn't get on my kitchen table. If it does get on furniture, wipe it off with a rag immediately. This goes for the store bought packages too.