We dyed our Easter eggs a little late this year. We celebrated Kelly’s birthday all last weekend and before we knew, it was Easter weekend and we hadn’t colored our eggs yet. I usually find a fun way to do them on the Pinterest site, but Kelly and I found one of those Paas kits that looked cool and new to us, so we gave it a go. I was curious about all these kits, so yes…I Googled them. Here’s a little history of their company that we are all familiar with.
The original Paas Easter egg dye was invented by an American named William Townley. Townley was an owner of a drug store in Newark, New Jersey, where he concocted recipes for home products. In 1893, he figured out how to concentrate dye in tablet form and launched the modern Easter egg dyeing kit. The original price of each tablet was five cents, and customers would make the dye by combining the tablets with water and vinegar. Townley eventually renamed his business the Paas Dye Company. The name Paas comes from “Pasen,” the word that the Dutch people used for Easter.
In 1901, according to a State of New Jersey inspection report, seven men and twenty women were employed in Townley’s production facility at 60 Shipman Street in Newark. Paas eventually became the largest manufacturer of Easter egg dyes and Philip B. Townley succeeded his father as head of the company.
The kit we found lets you make layered effect. It came with a tray that had 6 compartments for each color and four special trays that were “dipping holders” that sat inside the color compartments. The dipping trays had either an oval or circle cut out of them. This allows you to place the egg on top and only the cut-out portion will touch the dye. Once you get your desired color, you can either rotate the egg and/or place it in different colors…thus getting a multicolored effect. You can make some pretty neat patterns.
Kelly was all over this technique. She jumped right in and had three eggs going at once and was rotating before I even checked my first color. Our first eggs were pretty simple, but once we got the hang of it, we let our creative juices flow.
Nate started out following the rules, but then decided to go off on his own and dunked his directly into the dye (and caused overflow). He had to hold his egg manually then he dunked into his second color to get his two-toned egg. Not sure he’ll be invited next year if keeps up these shenanigans! haha
As always, we ended up with super pretty eggs and a lot of family fun around the table.