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Egg Dyeing Tips
Cover your work area with paper towels or newspaper. Mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (the more you use, the more intense the color) in 1 cup of boiling water, using heat-proof bowls or jars deep enough to submerge an egg. To create different tints, vary dipping time. Using tongs, submerge the egg in the hot water for less than 5 minutes for light colors, 10 minutes or more for deeper shades. To make two-color eggs, dye the entire egg first in a light color. Let it dry for 15 minutes, then submerge half in a darker color.
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Easter Egg Designs
Stripes: Start with an egg dyed in one light hue (we chose blue). Wrap 1/8-inch masking tape lengthwise around the egg in stripes. Rub the tape firmly for a good seal. Dye egg again to desired color (darker blue) and let dry 10 minutes. Partially cover dark-blue areas with additional tape. Dye again (in yellow coloring to make green). Let dry 10 minutes. Remove all tape. Result: dark blue and green egg with light-blue stripes.
Zigzags: Cut contact paper into strips with pinking shears. Wrap strips crosswise on egg and firmly press. Dye egg to desired color and let dry 10 minutes. Remove strips. For two-color eggs, dye to a light color first and let dry. Add strips, dip in a darker shade, and let dry. Remove strips.
Dots: Apply small stickers to an egg in a symmetrical pattern and firmly press. Dye egg to desired color and let dry 10 minutes. Remove stickers. For two-color egg, first use a light color and let dry. Add stickers, dip in a darker shade, and let dry. Remove stickers.
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Pile brilliantly hued eggs into a pretty bowl to punch up your holiday table.
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More Fun Than Flowers
Nestle dyed eggs into baskets filled with wheat grass and sprigs of phlox and line them up along the center of your table.
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Nestle two or three eggs into woven grass nests (available at crafts stores) and place on a tray for a naturally pretty arrangement.
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Group a row of egg cups in the middle of your table for a simple but charming display. Or set one egg cup at each place setting.