Growing up my family was always really big on decorating Easter eggs. My mother would always buy at least 2 cartons for me and my sisters to get creative and design them any way we liked. She always supplied us with tons of glitter, color and stickers to choose from, but my favorite was the tie dye eggs; they sure made my fingers really colorful after eating them.
For Easter dinner my mother would always display our eggs that we made that morning as the center piece on the dinner table. Even after Easter was over there were always eggs left and my mother would pack them in our lunches. It was always a colorful surprise. Now that I am older and have moved out of the family home, I still whip up a batch of eggs myself to decorate.
Here are my easy steps to make tie dye eggs:
- Place a sheet of plastic wrap underneath several layers of paper towel
- Mix water with a bit of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Moisten the paper towel by spraying it with this mixture.
- Place several drops of food coloring all over the paper towel. Two to three colors provide cool bright effects. Too many colors result in ones that are muddy and less vibrant.
- Place an egg in the middle. Gather the edges of the paper towel towards the egg.
- Hold the paper towel tightly close to the top of the egg to ensure a snug wrap. Spray the vinegar solution until the paper towel is soaked.
- Gently squeeze out any excess vinegar solution before wrapping in plastic wrap. Secure the top end with a rubber band. Allow the colors to soak in for 1 hour. The longer its sits, the deeper the colors will be.
- Unwrap and reveal a cool tie dyed egg!
Fun Fact: In 1985 the town of Homer, Georgia held the World record for an Easter egg hunt. In a small town of 1,100 people there were 80,000 eggs hidden! This is an Easter Sunday tradition that lasted for 47 years. Each year this event draws about 5,000 egg hunters, young and old. Even though it no longer holds the Guinness Book of World Records, the town of Homer has long touted its annual hunt as the world largest.
Here is some fun Easter history for you. Have you ever asked yourself where the colored eggs, cute little bunnies, baby chicks, leg of lamb dinners, and lilies come from? They are all symbols of rebirth and the lamb was a traditional religious sacrifice. The Easter Bunny arose originally as a symbol of fertility, due to the rapid reproduction habits of the hare and rabbit.
We hope you enjoy your Easter festivities. From everyone at Vince’s Market, Happy Easter to you and your family. Now go find those eggs!