It’s a fruity beverage and egg dye in one.

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Easter’s on its way, and you know what that means: It’s time to dye eggs. If you grew up dying Easter eggs using store-bought kits, you’ll remember the telltale vinegary scents, plastic gloves, and concentrated dye tablets. But what if we told you there was another way to dye Easter eggs, one that requires just two ingredients—no extra kits needed?

What’s the secret, you ask? Kool-Aid. The old-school drink mix dissolves into a dye that will make your eggs the envy of the Easter egg hunt. All you need for this Easter egg adventure is water, a few packets of powdered Kool-Aid drink mix, hard-boiled eggs, and cups in which to mix your dye.

To begin, pour each envelope of drink mix into a separate cup, fill the cup 1/2 full with water, and stir to dissolve. You’ll submerge one egg in each cup, allowing it to soak until the eggshell is dyed. The result is brightly dyed eggs in cheery Kool-Aid colors. If the colors aren’t bold enough, add more powder to the dye mixture or allow the egg to soak in the dye for a longer period of time.

Every packet of drink mix has the ability to dye your eggs, but some of our favorite shades come from the Strawberry, Lemon-Lime, and Berry Blue powders. You can also mix the flavors in each cup in order to create an even wider range of hues. Be sure to check out this Kraft tutorial, which will teach you to create patterned and tie-dyed eggs with the Kool-Aid method too.

There’s no need for an egg dying kit when you can reach into your kitchen cabinet and pull out a few packets of Kool-Aid or other flavored drink mix. It’s a fun Easter DIY project that both kids and parents can enjoy together—and the final results look just lovely nestled in grassy baskets at the annual Easter egg hunt.

For more Easter egg DIYs, check out these oh-so cute ideas, this natural dye (from frozen blueberries!), and these gorgeous marbled-effect eggs, which are always a hit. 

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Have you ever used Kool-Aid to dye Easter eggs? We love the idea. Let us know if you try this DIY egg-dying method this year.