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April 1, 2010

Guest Post: Frugal Easter Egg Dying Tips

Dying Easter eggs is a regular tradition at our house but I really do hate to spend money on egg dye and see a dozen or so eggs go to waste. So here are a couple of tips that can help you save money coloring Easter eggs this year...

Make Your Own Egg Dye
Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to 1/2 cup water and then add in a few drops of food coloring until you get the color you want. Or you can use natural products to make dyes
Red- Blueberries
Yellow- soaked onion peels
Brown -tea
Green - water from spinach

Make Your Own Egg Holder and Egg Dipper
Make your own egg holder using the egg carton or take the cardboard piece from an empty roll of paper towels and cut it into pieces that are about 1 inch long and you will have individual egg holders (1 inch tubes). You can also make your own egg dipper if you don't want to use a spoon by bending a metal hanger. You can save these and reuse them every year.

Decorating Eggs With Style
• Decorate with stickers you may have around the house. You can also get stickers pretty cheap at Walgreens right now and use them as a filler item. Stickers are fun and easy especially for little ones who want to help but are not able to use egg coloring yet.
•You can also make sparkly eggs by adding a dab of glue to the water and then glitter.- wouldn't eat after
•Adding oil to the water and coloring will make a spotted pattern on the eggs.
•Use light colored or white crayons to color on the eggs before you put them in the dye. Kids can write their names on the eggs or draw pictures. The crayon will show up after the egg is colored.
•Use water paint to color your eggs -you can't eat them then so this would work best if you hollowed the eggs first.
•Wrap rubber bands around the eggs to make a cool pattern before you stick them in the egg dye
•Use masking or painters tape to tape off part of the egg so that part remains the same color. You can remove the tape and add it in different areas to make different patterns.

What To Do With All Those Eggs
Hollow Your Eggs the morning you are going to be dying Easter Eggs and save it to make scrambled eggs, quiche, omelettes or use in breakfast burritos that you can freeze. To hollow an egg first wash and dry a raw egg then place a long needle into the larger end of the egg twisting it a little as you insert it. Then use the needle to make a slightly larger hole in the other end of the egg, wiggle the needle around on the inside of the egg to break apart the yolk. Then place the egg over a bowl with the larger whole facing down and put your lips to the egg and blow in the smaller hole until the yolk and white come out. After the yolk and white are out rinse the egg with a little water; be sure there is not a lot of water pressure and then blow the water out and let dry. Hollow eggs are a little more delicate so they tend to work better with older kids.

Yes, you can send hard boiled eggs with your kids in their lunch or for snack the next week but how many can they eat? Here are a few egg recipes and resources for a bunch of egg recipes...
Egg Spread for Sandwiches
Potato and Egg Cassorole
Incredible Egg - has a ton of recipes
You can also find a whole collection of recipes here

-Lanie is a mother of two small children, a wife and teaches kindergarten part-time.  She loves sharing deals and helping people save money. She shares deals & frugal tips on her blog Moms Thrifty Deals.

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