It’s spring on the calendar, but we all know winter likes to hold on as long as possible. To boycott the remaining winter grays, we thought we’d bring in a little color with these fun DIY activities.

This time of year, we know families and friends will be spending their Saturday or Sunday dying Easter eggs, but why stop the fun there. In this blog we’ll give you ideas on not only changing up the standard Easter eggs but also some other cool activities you can do like making your own food coloring.

First you’ll need to decide if you want to go with the standard store-bought food coloring or shake it up a bit and make your own. Sea Mart offers many varieties of food coloring and makes for a quick and easy start to any crafting party.

If you’re up for making your own natural food coloring, we’ve found a recipe for you to try. Making your own is a healthier option and can be done with a few items found right in your pantry or picked up at Sea Mart. Fruits, vegetables, and spices have very distinctive pigments, which makes them perfect for this project. Plus, making your own food coloring is an activity all it’s own!

Below is a great recipe to make your own natural food coloring or there are many other articles out there to explore more recipes.

Make Your Own Food Coloring

Pick Your Color

Pink food coloring
¼ cup cooked beets (canned or fresh)
½ cup beet juice (from can or cooking liquid)

Yellow food coloring
½ cup water
1 teaspoon ground turmeric

Purple food coloring
½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen and thawed)
⅓ cup water

Green food coloring
1 cup spinach, fresh or frozen (if frozen, thaw and drain)
½ cup water

Tools

Large saucepan, blender or food processor, strainer, jars

Instructions

To go natural, find the full recipe here

Marble Eggs

For a fun twist on the standard Easter egg, try creating a Marble Egg. Cracking the shells before placing the eggs in the natural food coloring creates a kaleidoscope effect.

Ingredients

6 to 12 eggs
Food Coloring (see natural food coloring recipe above or find your favorite recipe online)
Salt (optional, for water)

Tools

Large saucepan, bowl for each color, slotted spoon

Instructions

In a large saucepan, combine the eggs, 1 teaspoon of salt, and enough water to cover the eggs. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes or until completed cooked through.

Remove from heat. Carefully drain or remove eggs from the water with a slotted spoon. Let cool completely. When cool, lightly tap each egg with a spoon to crack the shell. Do not peel the eggs.

Immerse egg(s) in selected bowl of food coloring and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, remove eggs from the dye bath with a slotted spoon, to avoid getting the dye on your hands. Set eggs aside to dry. Once dry, peel and voila!

If you’re short on time and your busy schedule doesn’t allow you to participate in a long craft day, don’t worry! Sea Mart has all kinds of Easter egg coloring kits, from traditional pastels, to rainbow colored, to tie dyed egg kits. So let’s get creative!

Get Crafty & Creative!

Looking to keep the food coloring fun going, try one of these colorful ideas:

Easter Deviled Eggs, recipe from the blog by Real Mom Kitchen. Find the instructions here

Blue Velvet Cupcakes, recipe from the blog by Sprinkle Bakes. Find the instructions here

Frozen Yogurt Dots, recipe from the blog by Small Fry. Find the instructions here

Funny Marshmallow Faces, recipe from the blog by Oh! Crafts. Find the instructions here

Colorful Oreos – Add a few drops of food coloring to melted white chocolate. Once combined, dip Oreo’s into chocolate. Place each Oreo on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and cool. Once cool, get ready for a tasty and bright treat!