If you’re looking for a fun new way to color eggs this season, how about trying this easy method for Tie Dye Easter Eggs using Mayonnaise NOT Shaving Cream!
Skip the tablet dyes for coloring your Easter eggs this year, and try something new!
The swirling pastel colors of Tie Dying Easter eggs using mayonnaise (NOT shaving cream) is beautifully effective, and far more palate pleasing, (in my personal opinion)!
**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Tye Die Easter Eggs using Mayonnaise is available near the end of this post.
The ingredient and supply list;
- Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Gel Food Color (affiliate links listed below)
- Paper Towels
- Rubber Gloves (optional)
- Shallow Bowls or Dishes
- Toothpicks or Skewers
I did this method more as an experiment than anything else. After searching for fun Easter egg dying ideas on the web, I ran across a few that interested me, and yet still seemed (to me) like they could be improved.
The first one I found is A Thrifty Mom’s idea for marbling eggs using shaving cream and gel food coloring. This piqued my interest with the concept and look, but using something non-edible on something edible wasn’t somewhere I wanted to go.
Searching on, I found this second concept of dying Easter eggs in whipped cream (same theory, different ingredients) via Spend With Pennies where she claims it’s a “safer alternative” to shaving cream eggs. The look is very similar (which I love), but the thought of eggs and whipped cream made my palate cringe.
Not wanting to give up on the idea, I scoured my cabinets and fridge looking for something that is thick enough to suspend the gel food coloring and sticks to the eggs while they cure (at least 30 minutes). You see where I’m going here, right?
How many of you out there use mayonnaise in your egg salad, or when making deviled eggs? Pretty many I’d guess! So naturally, when I spied the jar in the fridge, I knew I was on to something good!
Possible tips for darker and truer colors;
Since mayonnaise already has an acid component (vinegar or lemon juice) as an ingredient, there is no need to add any additional vinegar as you do with most other egg dying techniques.
Of course, since I was only experimenting when I made these, should you choose to stir a little vinegar (1/8 teaspoon) into the mayonnaise before dying your eggs, your completed egg colors may turn out to be a little truer than what I achieved.
I’m not certain of this, but I’m putting the suggestion out there if you’d like to try it.
As you’ll notice in my photos, my completed eggs primary color’s are sky blue, purple and pink. Very pretty, and very appropriate colors for Easter, but weird when you see that the actual gel food colors I used were also green, yellow, and orange.
Very different from the end product indeed, and something that I didn’t expect. I’m sure there is some sort of scientific explanation for the color change, but sadly for you, I don’t have it. LOL
The easy instructions;
- In a shallow dish, spoon out approximately ½ cup mayonnaise per every three colors of gel food coloring.
- Use a toothpick to swirl the color throughout the mayonnaise.
- As you can see, I used gel colors of pink, green, yellow, orange, purple, and red.
- One at a time, add the hard-boiled eggs into the colorful, swirled, mayonnaise and roll the egg to thoroughly coat the egg.
- *Note – wearing rubber gloves may be a good idea if doing this with children.
- Once the eggs have been swirled through the mayonnaise, set them aside and allow them to cure for at least 30 minutes before washing off the mayonnaise.
- After the Mayonnaise Tie Dye Easter Eggs have cured for at least 30 minutes, wash them off under warm, running water, rubbing them to make sure all the mayonnaise comes off.
- Blot the eggs dry with paper towels.
- Once dry, rub them with a bit of canola oil (if desired) to make them shiny and bright.
Other hard boiled egg recipe ideas;
- Angelic Eggs (the counterpart to Deviled Eggs):
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Below is the printable recipe and instruction card for today’s Tye Dye Easter Eggs using Mayonnaise.
If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!
- 8 hard-boiled eggs
- ½ cup prepared mayonnaise per every three colors of food coloring
- " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">gel food coloring your choice of colors
- canola oil optional
Place ½ cup mayonnaise in a shallow dish.
Drop random colors of gel food coloring onto the mayonnaise (3 colors per every ½ cup of mayo)
Swirl the colors through the mayonnaise using toothpick or skewers.
Roll one hard-boiled egg at a time through the colored mayonnaise.
When completely coated with the colored mayonnaise, allow the eggs to sit at least 30 minutes.
Wash each egg off under running warm water to reveal the colorful eggs.
Blot each egg dry with paper towels.
When dry, rub each egg with a dot of canola oil for bright and shiny eggs.
Feel free to stir a touch (1/8 teaspoon) of white vinegar to the mayonnaise if you'd like to experiment with colors.
Tools and equipment;
Shallow dishes, toothpicks or skewers, rubber gloves (optional), gel food color, paper towels.
I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe and instructions for making mayonnaise dyed Easter Eggs as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!
When I decided to share this recipe for Mayonnaise Tie Dye Easter Eggs, I knew I had to coordinate it with this “Bunny Bag” coffee mug that I painted for my mom a couple of years ago.
Every year, when her grandkids were little, my mom used to make bunny bags for each of the kids using grocery store brown bags. Naturally she’d fill them with candy and trinkets for each grandchild, and needless to say, it was something they each looked forward to year after year.
Even now, with all her grandchildren being grown (some even have kids of their own), the bunny bags are still talked about every year with great fondness and love. This is the exact mug I painted for my mom to commemorate those special bags, my extraordinary mom, and her loving grandchildren. I’m proud to say, she uses it still. Every, single day.
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