Color Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid!

Beautiful, beautiful beautiful!  I love how saturated the color is on these Kool-Aid dyed eggs!

Would I do it again? Absolutly!

Will it work for you? That is what this post is all about! Taking a very honest look at dyeing eggs using Kool-aid.

I've seen a couple tutorials lately for dying yarn using Kool-Aid.  Two different methods but apparently they work! OMG the yarns are gorgeous. Go visit and see how it is done!  Brilliant!  Ideas and colors.!

do stuff  leethal blog   Tutorial: Crock Pot Yarn Dying

Frontier Dreams     Tutorial:  Kool-Aid Yarn Dying

Fabric dyed with kool-Aid?  Yes!  That too!  Be sure to check out Cyn's post Dying To Be Creative and read all her excellent suggestions about working with kool-Aid dye. She plans more updates soon on Cynchronicity.

So I thought, hey! - if Kool-Aid will dye yarn and fabric - and kids hands and counter tops - I bet it will dye Easter eggs! So I boiled a couple eggs and bought an envelope of strawberry Kool-Aid and tested my theory.

I dissolved 1 envelope of Kool-Aid in one cup of water.

Hummmmm!  I didn't know chickens could do this - make nice even lines on the eggs that are invisible until they are dipped in Kool-Aid! I would like to meet that chicken!  No more wax resist!  Yay!

So - OK - the lines aren't great but the color seems to work.

But once dry - insult added to injury.  Look at that weird crazing!  Very good thing for the future of this experiment that I had dyed another test before this one dried!

Second try - beautiful overall while wet.

And dry - much, much better!  I love the color saturation!

The theory deserves further testing, don't you think?

I didn't get too crazy with this because after all, how many boiled eggs can two people eat?  I selected only five new colors and reused the strawberry from the first test.  (note: I saved it overnight in a jar and used it cold from the fridge the next day.  Worked great!)

I used warm water and actually just for test purposes added a teaspoon of vinegar to each glass after dying the first egg.  No difference with or without vinegar.

Test colors: lime, orange, grape, berry, lemon-lime and of course the strawberry.

(Note: Keep checking your egg color as Kool-Aid seems to work more quickly than most dyes I have used in the past.)

Two colors you needn't bother trying - lemon lime (no color) and grape (came out an ugly brown which you can see in the upper right in the image at the beginning of this post).

Orange, lime, berry and strawberry work great! 

However, although lime makes a lovely green and berry a gorgeous blue, the orange actually turns out a deep rich yellow and strawberry is more orange than red. 

I am on a quest to find a flavor that will make a pretty red or pink. 

Lavender would be great but grape is not the ticket, and neither is mixing berry and strawberry - trust me on that one!

So, would I do this again?  Absolutely!

The colors are really saturated and except for a couple eggs with deep pores, the coverage is very even.  The bright colors make my eyes happy!

ADDED 4/3/10  BE SURE TO CHECK OUT A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DYING WITH KOOL-AID IN THESE FOLLOW-UP POSTS.

Seeking Red and if you must use eggs at the market - a useful tip for removing chemicals!

Update: Black Cherry and Grape tests included in a tutorial for making a mosaic egg using the kool-aid colored shell bits.

It is traditional in my family - has been since I was old enough to dye an egg - that we would dye our eggs in the evening before Easter and leave them sitting out for the Easter Bunny to hide while we were sleeping.  Once they were gathered the next morning, they were immediately made into deviled eggs and chilled.

If this is the procedure in your home, the Kool-Aid dye works great.

In the interest of full disclosure and responsible testing practices, I have a couple other things to share!

1) While the eggs are wet, koolaid dye is easily removed from the egg surface.  Handle very carefully and try to avoid scraping the surface.  See the divots on the first test egg above.

2) Depending on the egg used, uneven coverage can occur.

I boiled 10 eggs for round two, and two of them, failed the test!  It appears as if some eggs have deep pores which prevent even color coverage.  The two eggs on the left are those unfortunate examples!  Luckily for me - one of them was my ugly grape egg! 

Incidentally, the egg on the right is the second egg tested initially.  Eventually it crazed too.  But crazing only occurred on these two jumbo eggs.  The other ten, medium eggs came from another carton, from another egg producer and there was no crazing.

For best results while dying your eggs, I highly recommend using farm fresh eggs direct from the chicken coup!!  Many, many people these days are raising and selling fresh eggs.  Eggs sold in supermarkets often have chemical residue left on the egg surface that, and while not harmful, can certainly interfere with how the egg surface accepts the dye.

3) Kool-Aid dye is not terribly stable when exposed to moisture. ARGH!

I refrigerated my eggs as I plan to eat a few each day.  They have maintained their beautiful color in the fridge for 4 days so far.  I set three eggs out to use for lunch the day after testing.

Fortunately, I set out my three ugly eggs!  Moisture from condensation formed as the eggs return to room temperature and seemed to destabilize the dye.  So, I do not recommend cooling and re-warming eggs dyed with Kool-Aid - not if you are planning to show them to anyone! 

4)  I bet your are wondering - do they smell like strawberries or oranges?  Do they taste like fruit flavored eggs?

The answer is NO!  The eggs smell and taste just like eggs.

The Kool-Aid dye does bleed through the egg - a little here and there - just like other egg dyes - however, this is the absolute worst egg in the whole bunch and I left it in the dye a long time!  

Personally, I would absolutely let my children dye their eggs in Kool-Aid just for the fun of it!  All those fruity smells and the excitement of finding out what colors they will get with each flavor - a new twist on tradition!  And actually, at $.12 a packet, your afternoon of fun is inexpensive - under a dollar for 8 colors!

Just be sure not to refrigerate after dying and eat within 24 hours!

Looking for some more natural ways to dye eggs?

Try this tutorial for using onion skins to create three different looking eggs!

Or make Dinosaur Easter Eggs using yellow onion skins and Kool-aid!!

Or use food coloring to make intensly colored marbled eggs.

And for a new and simple twist on the age old art of Pysanky egg decoration, check out this tutorial!

And don't toss out the shells after peeling your eggs!  They make beautiful mosaic eggs! Find out how to do it here.

 

How long do you leave the

How long do you leave the eggs in the dye for? And how long approximately did they take to dry? Thanks!

Julie, the amount of time

Julie, the amount of time needed for dying your eggs is pretty much dependent on the shade of color you want.  Pale colors require just a few minutes - in some cases under a minute!  For saturated color, it depends entirely on the particular flavor.  Some colors seem to take less time than others.  But I never needed more that 3 or 4 minutes.

Drying time is about the same as the commercial egg dyes.  The egg surface dries quite quickly - within minutes, but if you place them in an egg carton as i did in the images above, you wll find that a little pool of color forms on the bottom side.  I would blot that off after 10 minutes of so and allow the bottom to continue drying.

I hope this answers your questions.  Good luck!

Color saturation varies by

Color saturation varies by flavor, with some colors better suited for this experiment than others. Here are my color findings:

• Cherry yields a nice, bright red. Time in solution does not seem to impact overall color.

• Watermelon Cherry gives the eggs a nice pinkish hue. Eggs deepen slightly when left in the mixture longer.

• Orange is a bright vibrant shade of orange. The longer you leave the egg in, the darker the orange color gets, up to 10 minutes.

• Lemonade turns a very pale yellow than can barely be seen. Time in solution does not seem to impact overall color.

• Grape gives the eggs a medium shade of grey. Time in solution does not seem to impact overall color.

• Berry Blue gives the eggs a nice robin's egg blue shade. Time in solution does not seem to impact overall color.

• Lemonade and Berry Blue when mixed in equal amounts yield a pretty shade of teal. The longer the eggs soak, the deeper the color.

• Cherry and Lemonade when mixed together yield a peach hue. The longer the eggs soak, the deeper the color.

• Cherry and Grape when mixed together yield a reddish brown hue. Time in solution does not seem to impact overall color.

Thank you Dorothy!  I am all

Thank you Dorothy!  I am all over trying your recipes for peach eggs and teal eggs - two of my favorite colors!

Great Idea and where did you

Great Idea and where did you get the awesome glasses

If you want pink use fruit

If you want pink use fruit punch kool aid. Good Luck and God Bless!

How to make confetti eggs: DO

How to make confetti eggs:
DO NOT BOIL EGGS!!
Use a straight pin to punch a small hole in the bottom of the egg and a larger one in the top. Blow the contents of the egg gently out of the larger hole. Color all eggs, if desired, and allow to dry. (You will want to allow drying time for the inside even if you don't color them!) Enlarge the larger hole enough to fit your confetti in and cover the hole with a small square of tissue paper held by school glue. Allow to dry and enjoy!

Thanks you so much! I used

Thanks you so much! I used the Kool Aid in my kindergarten class today and the whole school was wowwed with the amazing colors. Tomorrow I will do it again with my preschool class. Unbelievable rich colors!

AWSOME I AM

AWSOME I AM SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TRYING THIS HOPEFULLY IT WORKS OUT FOR ME.

this is so cool and cute for

this is so cool and cute for familes to do :)<3

Thanks for all the tips and

Thanks for all the tips and tricks for using KoolAid Dye!

I'm featuring this on my 2 dozen ideas and techniques to dye Easter Eggs today!

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

My girls wanted to wait until

My girls wanted to wait until this afternoon to dye their eggs and they turned out great, thanks so much for sharing this idea:) We tried the Cherry flavor too and it made a really pretty red. The fruity scent was a great change from the vinegar one. And since I didn't clean them with vinegar before hand we got one with really neat spots. This will be our new way to dye Easter eggs:)

Thank you so much Christa for

Thank you so much Christa for you comment!  You made my Easter morning! I am so glad the kool-aid dye worked out for you guys! And that you took the time to share with me!

I spent the afternoon with my friend's children dying eggs with kool-aid too!  But the children insisted that we sacrifice one packet for drinking!

As often happens when I am playing with Antonio and Sofia, we end up doing something completely out of my "box"!  A real cool idea for next Easter!!!  I can hardly wait to share!

It really was fun dyeing eggs

It really was fun dyeing eggs on Easter, kind of helped to have something fun & crafty to do after my girls were tired of hiding the plastic eggs. I think we will plan the same next year too. My sister was so impressed with my eggs bright colors that she is using the kool-aid dye next year too:)

What a great idea. I have

What a great idea. I have put off buying eggs and dye until the very last minute this year, and I am going to try this instead because my girls hate the vinegar smell. Now i just need to run to the grocery & pick up supplies:)

My question is do you dye

My question is do you dye your eggs cold from the fridge or room temp for the best result.

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Katrina!

Interesting question!  I have always boiled my eggs shortly before coloring for so many years that it never occurred to me there might be another way!:-)

My eggs are room temperature having been cooled down in cold water after boiling.

In a later post, I used two boiled eggs and dyed them. I then grabbed one from the fridge and cleaned the surface with vinegar to see if I could remove the conveyor belt marks, and dyed it.  Worked great ice cold right from the fridge.

http://gingerbreadsnowflakes.com/node/159

And as you can see, the vinegar seemed to remove some of the invisible "debris" on the egg surface that seemed to interfere with the dye.

Thank you so much for your

Thank you so much for your careful research. I have some Kool-Aid left over from dying playsilks for my daughter for Christmas. I learned about that from this blog...

http://raisingolives.com/

They worked beautifully! I couldn't find Berry Blue in my town though, when I do I will make some more playsilks with it. My son always wants blue for rivers and moats. The pinks did work with the silks.

Tonight we will try the eggs, can't wait!

Great Idea and I love it how

Great Idea and I love it how you can eat it and not worry about vinegar... as for the confetti filling... I filled some eggs with suprises this year... it is not confetti but maybe it will work.
http://polwig.com/kids/easter-egg-surprise/

I wanted to let you know that

I wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful afternoon dying Easter Eggs using your Kool-Aid method! Not surprisingly, I had to make a science experiment using Kool-Aid vs. liquid food color dye. I wanted,too, to let you know that the Kool-Aid won out for the best dye! I also used citric acid instead of vinegar and my kids loved the no vinegar smell. Thanks so much for inspiring so much joy! Hop on over and check our adventures out here -
http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/experimenting-wit...

or here
http://bergspot.blogspot.com/2010/03/march-30.html

-Phyllis

I'm totally new to all this -

I'm totally new to all this - so forgive me if my question sounds dumb. But how much KoolAid powder and how much water?

Your question Tammy, is NOT

Your question Tammy, is NOT dumb.  In fact I am surprised it hasn't been asked before this.

My appologies to everyone!  I never thought to indicate the proportions I used when mixing the water and Kool-Aid.  I have corrected that oversight in the post but here is the answer!  One envelope of Kool-Aid dissolved in one cup of water.

Thank you, Tammy, for calling this to my attention.

How do you fill an egg with

How do you fill an egg with confetti?

Laura this is a great

Laura this is a great question!  I don't know the answer, but I love the concept.  If no one has come to our rescue by Tuesday with an answer, I will put a plea for technique in my next post - which is about eggs! 

In Texas we carefully cut out

In Texas we carefully cut out a small opening at the top of our eggs to remove the egg inside, this is done maybe a month in advance to collect .any eggs, wash w warm soap water and dry, then dye eggs n dry .Fill eggs w confetti place glue around rim n cover w tissue paper n dry! A traditional must for our Easter! Thanks to my grandma, may she rest in peace, she missed Easter by 1 mo. HOPE MANY FAMILIES WILL ENJOY they are called CASCARONES in Tx n Mexico.

Thank you for your input re:

Thank you for your input re: cascarones!!  Actually this mosaic egg is partially inspired by the idea of confetti inside cascarones - and  by saving all those pretty koolaid colored egg shells.  http://gingerbreadsnowflakes.com/node/167

I was raised in northern New Mexico, and never encountered this tradition! But I am sure it must be practiced there as well.

How fun! I especially

How fun! I especially enjoyed your troubleshooting, tips, and tricks. :>) I linked to this on my weekly roundup, the post is under my name. Thanks for sharing!

The result of grape (other

The result of grape (other colours too, but it's mostly noticeable with the grape) depend greatly on the makeup of your local water. I dyed wool with Kool-Aid, and I know a lot of people get muddy colours with the grape. I didn't - I actually got a nice purple. I expect it would probably work fine with distilled water...

Thank you Audrey!  Wow!  What

Thank you Audrey!  Wow!  What a great tip.  I love purple almost as much as blue so - yes I will definitely give it another try with distilled water.

Loved your tips on Kool Aid

Loved your tips on Kool Aid coloring eggs. Would have thought the grape would have worked and would have been the first color I tried :) Now I won't have to be disappointed. The grandkids are going to love this...:)

What a GREAT idea! I think

What a GREAT idea! I think they look better than any deeply saturated eggs I've seen made with regular dye. And thanks for the other links in your post. I look forward to checking them out.

Hey Pam, Love the idea of

Hey Pam,

Love the idea of kool aid dyed eggs...a good choice for the kids at school....personally I kinda like the crazing it makes each egg unique. Thanks for your recent comment on my woven tree wall hanging. I was hoping that you might just be the one that had the instructions for the macrame version...oh well I'll keep seaching.

When I do pysanky I keep the eggs raw. Eventually they dry out inside and as long as the shell stays intact there is no smell. When I make the pysanky dye we add a Tbsp of vinegar to the dye for the best results..I don't know if that would make a difference with the kool aid.

Take care

What a GREAT idea!!! Leave

What a GREAT idea!!! Leave it to you to come with something so clever and cost effective as well!!

Thanks for sharing the

Thanks for sharing the results of your experiment - sounds like it would be fun.

Pam, I love this idea! The

Pam, I love this idea! The reason you didn't need vinegar was because Kool-aid has citric acid as one of the ingredients. They're interchangeable acids in dyeing.

Pam, you are a genius! So

Pam, you are a genius! So very wonderful. xo

I kinda like the moisture

I kinda like the moisture weirdness pattern on the grape egg. How crazy that it got turquoise spots!

I'm just wondering if this

I'm just wondering if this would work as well with blown eggs? Love the colours though!

Alison, I believe Kool-Aid

Alison, I believe Kool-Aid dye will work on blown eggs.  Personally, I have never dyed blown eggs, however, I received an e-mail from a lovely lady in Mexico telling be about a tradition there called cascarones.  Blown eggs are dyed and then filled with confetti.  Apparently the idea to sneak up on your family and friends and crack these confetti filled eggs on their heads.

she was certain the Kool_Aid dye would work great.

Hope that partially answers your question.

I have to say I really like

I have to say I really like the ugly ducklings.The mottling grey/brown looks very stone-like......So,if the color bleeds off from the egg cold/warm and moist. What happens to my kool-aid dyed sweater in this New England weather(cold/warm/moist)?I was thinking of dyeing with veggies this year,beets,onion skins maybe spinach too!Hope you like hardboiled eggs.They are my favorite snack.

Wow! I love it! yes - please

Wow! I love it! yes - please do let us know if you come up with a pink or purple!

Thank you so much!
Elaine - sugaredink.blogspot.com

This would be great for

This would be great for CASCARONES...confetti filled eggs that you smash on peoples heads on Easter....A Mexican tradition.

This is so great. I was

This is so great. I was about to get my easter egg color dye tablets out to dye paper towels for crafting, and now I'm thinking... kool-aid papers!! And I'm doing the eggs, you can bet. But are you saying that if I don't refrigerate the eggs they won't lose color? Or are you saying they can't be cold and then come back to room temperature?

Happy Friday!

Thank you fro the question

Thank you fro the question Chris - I am sorry I left this point unclear.  The eggs will hold their color beautifully if they stay at room temperature and also if they are chilled in the fridge and kept chilled.

The problem I encountered with the dye was when I removed the eggs from the fridge and allowed them to start warming up.  The condensation created water drops on the egg which picked up some of the dye on the surface and either made it blotchy or caused it to run a bit.  So I don't recommend saving the eggs in the fridge and then putting them out in a basket (or hiding them around the house or yard)where they will warm up. 

I do recommend dying them the afternoon or evening before easter and then leaving them out overnight. It will not hurt to leave boiled eggs out overnight.

 

 

Thanks for the idea. Those

Thanks for the idea. Those brightly colored eggs have got me smiling as I think of Easter. I am certainly going to try this.

I agree, very Kool! Another

I agree, very Kool!
Another product we don't have here :( I just explained what it is to Gracie, she thinks the UK needs Kool-Aid :)

PS, I like your blue rimmed glasses a lot.

My family loves dyeing eggs

My family loves dyeing eggs and hates hard boiled eggs, so the past few years in the weeks leading up to Easter I've blown the eggs as I've needed them for recipes and dyed the empty shells. (and then you can fill them with confetti and have an interesting game of tag in the yard!) (they're called cascarones in Mexico) I'm away from my food coloring this Easter and didn't want to buy a whole new set. Thanks for this tutorial!

This is really cool! I

This is really cool! I actually like the mottling that was created by the condensation - I think there's some creative possibilities in that. I love the saturated colors you got here, though - even the brown, really. So interesting how the colors change from the original flavors.

Clearly, I need to go get me a dozen eggs and some packets. :-)

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