Around Easter, dye kits for eggs are easy to find in any supermarket. At other times, you can easily purchase them online. Look for natural dyes made from herbs, vegetables, and fruits, or make your own with 1/2 cup boiling water, a little vinegar, and food coloring.

Tie-Dyed Hard-Boiled Eggs

Makes 12 eggs

  • YOU WILL NEED:
  • 1 dozen large white eggs
  • 1 egg dye kit
  1. Place the eggs in a large saucepan (save the egg carton!) and add enough cold water to cover by about 1 inch. Cover the pan. Set the pan over high heat and bring the water to a boil. As soon as the water boils, turn off the heat and let stand, covered, for 14 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a colander set in the sink. Discard the water in the pan. Rinse the eggs under cold running water. Fill the pan with cold water and add a few handfuls of ice cubes. Let stand until the eggs are cool, then drain again.
  2. Prepare the dyes according to the package instructions, the pour each dye into its own bowl. Cover your work surface with newspapers, and make sure everyone wears old clothes. Line up the bowls on the work surface. Place a baking sheet with a wire rack set atop or inside of it nearby along with the empty egg carton. Dye each egg a solid color, ideally one of the lighter colors (or leave the egg in the dye only briefly so the color stays muted). Set aside on the wire rack to dry for 15 to 30 minutes.
  3. Using a small fork or spoon, drizzle each egg with contrasting colors. Let the eggs dry on the rack for about 30 minutes, then place in the egg carton. Refrigerate until party time.

Excerpted from American Girl Parties cookbook. American Girl Publishing, 2016. All rights reserved.
Copyright ©2016 by Weldon Owen, Inc., Williams-Sonoma, Inc., and American Girl