Cracking Creativity with Kool-Aid Dyed eggs


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Do you have Kool-Aid packets in your pantry that you won’t actually let your kids drink? use them for Easter egg dyes! My kids loved dyeing their eggs with Kool-Aid. Bonus – it smells good! Here’s how to dye Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid if you’d like to try too!

wooden spoons laying next to jars of Kool-Aid dye for Easter eggs with a woman dipping one egg in the red dye

How to Make Kool-Aid Dyed Eggs

A few years ago, we used natural material to dye Easter Eggs. I thought about doing that this year, but when I looked through my panty and cupboard, I couldn’t come up with much to use. I also didn’t want to run to the store for one of those overpriced chemical laden PAAS dye kits.

Instead, I found a whole bunch of Kool-Aid packets I got for free last year after sales and coupons. We used Kool-Aid last year to dye beautiful Waldorf silks, but I had a bunch left over. Since I won’t let my kids drink the nasty stuff (mean mom…), I decided to use it up on Easter Eggs!

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pink, purple, and orange dyed easter eggs with designs from white crayon on cooling rack

Materials Needed for Kool-Aid Easter Eggs

Kool-Aid makes a vibrant dye for eggs and you need just a few things to get started.

  • Hard-boiled eggs: Before coloring Easter eggs, make sure the eggs are clean and free of cracks.
  • Kool-Aid packets: We had the best results with the vibrant flavors such as berry blue, grape flavored, lemon, and orange.
  • Spoon
  • Warm water
  • White Crayon (optional): Draw designs on your eggshell before dyeing. Wherever the crayon was used will not change color.
  • Vinegar (optional)
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brightly colored Kool-aid in bowls to dye easter eggs

Steps to Kool-Aid Dyed Eggs

Mix a packet of Kool-Aid with one cup warm water in a small bowl or Mason jar. Stir it well until the Kool-Aid granules are all dissolved and mixed in.

I added a splash of vinegar as well. It probably wasn’t necessary but that’s what I did. 🙂

Leave the eggs in the dye for 15-30 seconds or longer. The longer you leave them in the dye, the more vibrant the color will be. Use your spoon to move the dyed Easter eggs in and out of the jars or bowls. Be careful the egg doesn’t drop though. You do not want cracks!

When we left ours in the dye for a while the water started to bubble and they got speckled. It’s almost like the vinegar is eating the color. I’m sure it’s some chemical reaction with the vinegar…but I’m not a scientist and don’t know. If you happen to know, leave a comment! Our very speckled ones were left in the dye for 10 minutes.

We colored some of them with a white crayon first to get designs. My kids love doing this to get different patterns or write their names on some of the eggs.

Dab the dyed eggs with paper towels before putting them back in the egg carton. Dabbing in different ways can vary the patterns on the eggs, too. My kids love experimenting with this.

Our Kool-Aid eggs turned out great! We used them alongside our Ukrainian eggs from last year.

Dyeing eggs together is one of my favorite family traditions. The kids love the creativity and mess. I love watching them experiment. They aren’t nearly as messy now that the kids are older, either!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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