Qute Crafts

Easy Egg Decorating without Dipping for Multi-Color Mottled Finish!

Like many families, Easter egg decorating is a long standing tradition in our family. Personally, I look forward to it every year because it’s an excuse to play with colors and be creative, something that most of us don’t have time for on a regular basis!

My family first used this foiling technique maybe 20+ years ago and we thought this year it would be fun to revisit this idea for something different. No offense to Paas, but dipping eggs can get monotonous after awhile! The foiling method is super cheap, easy, and way more fun that just dipping an egg into a cup. This activity is easily adaptable for individuals with hand mobility issues, too, as Miss M participated with assistance. You will L O V E the results: perfectly mottled eggs that bring cheer to your Easter table!

For this activity, you will need:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper towels
  • Liquid food coloring
  • Protective covering for your surface (I recommend plastic)
  • Drying rack
  • Hard boiled eggs, completely cooled
  • Plastic gloves if you don’t want dye on your hands
  • Baking soda if you’re like us and don’t wear gloves 🙂
  • Old t-shirts to put on so dye doesn’t ruin your clothes!

To get started, you just need a piece of foil about 9 inches long – doesn’t have to be perfect…as you can see in my photos, nothing is exact! Just pull a piece off the roll and place it on a covered surface (I cut a kitchen trash bag open to protect the wood table). After you put the foil down, put a small section of a paper towel on top. It should look something like this:

Next, squeeze your liquid food coloring onto the paper towel. I used generic Kroger coloring, but any liquid dye should work.

Place one hard boiled, chilled egg directly on the paper towel and using your hands, crinkle the foil up around the egg. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, just bunch up the foil so the dyed paper towel wraps around the egg. All of us using this method yesterday did it differently and it was fun to see how the eggs turned out – all uniquely colored!

Unwrap the foil, move the egg to color a white area and repeat until you get the look you love! Add more dye to the paper towel as needed.

When you’re finished coloring your egg, place your dyed egg on a drying rack so the coloring can set up.

It’s so easy! All ages and ability levels can participate! Miss M required hand-over-hand assistance but it was a great way to work in a little occupational therapy into her day. Mostly though, she just enjoyed watching all the colorful creations being made by everyone else.

When you’re totally finished and need to clean your hands, I’d recommend using Arm & Hammer baking soda with your soap. The grit provided a gentle way to get rid of excess dye on our fingers.

Lastly, enjoy your beautiful creations! Let me know in the comments below if you try this method and shoot me a picture of how your eggs turned out! I’d love to see!

I always love putting our colored eggs into my Fiesta Ware bowls! The lemongrass hue is the perfect backdrop for this year’s eggs!

xo – Sarah