These Easter Eggs dyed with Cool Whip make the prettiest, most swirly tie-dye style eggs. Make some memories and some beautiful hard-boiled Easter Eggs that are colorful and you can eat!
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Ingredients Needed To Dye Easter Eggs With Whipped Topping
You only need a few ingredients to make these beautiful Easter eggs!
- Hard-boiled eggs- See my tips for making the best hard boiled eggs here that are easy to peel. White eggs tend to dye a little easier compared to other colors of chicken eggs.
- Food coloring– I recommend using a gel-based food coloring for vibrant colors. Liquid food coloring can be used, but expect the colors to be less vibrant. See below for more details.
- Vinegar– Soaking the eggs in white vinegar before coloring will help the color to set better on the egg-shells.
- Cool Whip- Other whipped toppings such as the store brand will work just fine. You can also use regular whipped cream to do this project.
Can I Use Whipped Cream In A Can?
I don’t recommend using whipped cream from a can unless you plan to do this project in a muffin tin. If you are using a regular pie plate or casserole pan, it takes a really long time to get enough whipped cream out of the can to be thick enough in the plate!
Steps To Dye Easter Eggs With Cool Whip
**Wearing disposable gloves is recommended for this project to avoid staining hands. Without wearing gloves expect your hands may be stained with food coloring for a day. Here’s how to make these swirly tie-dye eggs.
- Swirl Food Coloring Into Cool Whip– Spread the cool whip about an inch thick across your pie plate or casserole pan. Drip food coloring all over the whipped cream, then swirl with a butter knife or a fork.
- Place Eggs In The Cool Whip– Carefully place cool hard-boiled eggs into the whipped cream. (Check out How to make hard-boiled eggs here before putting them into the cream if your eggs are raw.) Use a spoon or a butter knife to move the eggs gently in the Cool Whip to swirl them with color. Refrigerate the entire pan of eggs and whipped cream for at least ten minutes to help the color set.
- Remove Eggs From The Cream– Use a spoon to carefully remove the eggs from the cream onto a paper towel. Gently wipe away any excess Cool Whip
- Let The Eggs Dry– Let the eggs sit and dry completely before refrigerating them or eating them. It is recommended to keep a paper towel under them while they dry in case there are any drips.
Worried this project is going to be too messy for your family? Try this version where you Dye Easter Eggs With Rice. The bags help to keep this project less messy which is especially perfect for young kids.
Can I Eat These Easter Eggs?
Yes, these Easter Eggs are dyed with materials that are non-toxic and food safe, though I recommend pealing the shell before eatting your egg!
How Long Do Hardboiled Eggs Last?
Expect the hardboiled Easter Eggs to last up to a week if stored in the refrigerator. If you leave hard boiled eggs out of the refrigerator for a long period of time, they only last about two hours. It’s important when your eggs have finished drying to put them in the refrigerator for storage.
Have extra Easter eggs after the holiday? Try making my no mayo deviled eggs. This creamy egg appetizer can use up a lot of eggs fast
What Kind Of Food Coloring Should I Use?
There are two kinds of food coloring available liquid and gel food coloring. A liquid version is available in most grocery stores, but if you look in a cake decorating area you can often find a gel-based food coloring. While both food colorings produce color, the color you get from gel-based food coloring is more concentrated and will have much more vibrant colors.
If you have the ability to use gel based food coloring, I strongly recommend using it. I’ve linked the brand of food coloring I used for this project, but I also really love this gel-based food coloring too. The second food coloring does not have a dropper, so you do need to use a toothpick to swirl the gel into your project.
Other Fun Easter Ideas
- Dye Easter Eggs With Rice– Slightly less messy, but still fun! Dye Easter Eggs with rice and you can use the colorful leftover rice for other projects like sensory bins or crafts.
- Make Easter Egg Popsicles– Made with fruit and a little DIY, kids go crazy for these fun popsicles
- Easter S’mores Peeps Dip– Use all those Peeps marshmallows to make a delicious sweet dessert dip the whole family will love to share.
- 50+ Silly Easter Jokes For Kids – Tell silly jokes while you create your eggs!
How To Dye Easter Eggs With Cool Whip
- Paper towels
- Large Pie Plate, Casserole Pan or plan with a large lip- Any large flat container works, but you want it to have an edge that is at least a few inches tall.
- Disposable gloves (optional)
- Large spoon
- Butter knife
- 12 large Hardboiled Eggs
- 3-4 Cups White Vinegar
- 8 Ounces Cool Whip Whipped cream can also be used
- Assorted Gel Food Colorings
- 1 large Pie Plate or Casserole Pan Any large flat container works, but you want it to have an edge that is at least a few inches tall.
- Soak hardboiled eggs that are compleletly cool in a layer of vinegar for 5-10 minutes. This will help your colors to be more vibrant and stick to the egg. If you skip this step, the colors will be much less vibrant. Dry eggs off and set to the side.
- In a large flat dish or container, spread about a generous layer of Cool whip on the bottom that is about an inch thick.
- Carefully place dots of food coloring all around. You can make it multiple colors or have certain colors in one area. Anything goes!
- Take a spoon or butter knife and swirl the cream until it looks like tie dye. You want to swirl just enough that the colors start to swirl a little in the cream, but not so much that the cool whip starts to become all the same color.
- Place the hardboiled eggs in the whipped cream gently with a spoon. Rotate each egg in its spot until it’s totally covered with whipped cream.
- Place the entire pan in rthe efrigerator for about 10-15 minutes.
- Take out and wipe the cream off of the eggs off with paper towels. Try to avoid rinsing with water as it causes a lot of the color to come off and the colors won’t be as bold looking.
- Let your eggs dry and enjoy! These eggs are perfectly safe to peel and eat once dry.
- If you touch the eggs with your fingers, the food coloring can stain for about a day. I recommend using disposable gloves or placing your hands in zip-top disposable bags when moving the eggs if you are worried about the coloring staining. Using a spoon can be helpful, but will still likely end up messy without gloves if you are making these eggs with young children.
- Each egg will have different colored swirls using this method, but if you want more control over the colors on each specific egg try using a muffin tin to hold the cool whip and dye for each individual egg.
- With younger children, cool whip and food coloring can be placed in plastic zip-top bags to help the project to be less messy.
- Other types of vinegar besides white vinegar will often change the color of the eggs. Apple cider, balsamic, rice wine vinegar and other varieties all tend to leave a stain of brown color behind on the eggs. I recommend using white distilled vinegar for this project.