Much to my shock and dismay, I have a lot of friends that have never dyed Easter eggs before and have no clue how to do it. So, if you still have not dyed any eggs, never fear. I have an easy way you can accomplish this without having to shell (get it? shell? egg-shell? nevermind...) out dough on a dyeing kit.
Hard boil your eggs. I take a dozen (or however many you want to dye) eggs and place them in a large pot and cover with cold water (enough to cover about one inch over). Bring them to a boil. Once you have a nice boil, cover the pot and remove from heat. Let the eggs sit for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes are up, drain off some of the hot water and run some cold water over the eggs. Remove from the pot and let cool.
Now onto the dye:
I didn't buy an Easter egg dye kit this year because I figured it'd be cheaper to just buy food coloring. Most of you will probably already have all of this in your pantry. What you'll need are:
Containers for your eggs
1 cup of hot water for each container
1 teaspoon of vinegar for each container
Food coloring of your choice. I used a combo of the Regular Colors and the Neon colors. On the back of the packages, if gives you a handy guide on how many drops to use.
Drop an egg into the dye and let it sit until it reaches the desired color.
Now onto the fun stuff.
For this egg, I took a sheet of vinyl sticker paper (you can get it at any craft store) and a craft puncher in the shape of an airplane. Once the dye dries, you peel of the sticker and voila! An airplane! I also used flower punchers but they didn't turn out as well as this airplane.
For these, I took a vinyl Alphabet sticker and soaked it in yellow. Then I took it out, let it dry and adhered another letter and soaked it in blue. Once the egg totally dried, I took a fine-tip Sharpie and wrote the rest of our names on the egg. It's a PB&J set!