Gently place eggs in single layer in large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Cover. Bring just to boil on high heat. Remove from heat. Let stand 12 minutes. (Adjust time up or down by 3 minutes for each size larger or smaller).
Pour off hot water and rapidly cool eggs by running them under cold water (or place in ice water) until completely cooled. Wrap rubber bands around eggs. Use a combination of thick and thin rubber bands. Wrap them lengthwise and crosswise around eggs.
Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food color in a cup to achieve desired colors. Repeat for each color. Dip hard-cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs to add and remove eggs from dye. Allow eggs to dry. Remove rubber bands.
Two-Toned Banded Easter Eggs: Dip eggs without rubber bands in one color dye. Allow eggs to dry. Wrap eggs with rubber bands and continue as directed, using a second color of dye. For best results, use a lighter color of dye, such as yellow or pink for the first dye. Use a darker color, such as medium blue or green for the second color of dye.
Egg Dyeing Tips:
• Line work surface with layers of newspaper before dyeing eggs.
• Gather all equipment including small bowls or cups for each food color, spoons for each bowl and paper towels for spills. Bowls should be deep enough to completely submerge the egg.
• For easy clean-up, use soap and water repeatedly to remove food color from hands and most kitchen countertops. If needed, use all-purpose cleaner with bleach for countertops.
• Make an egg drying stand out of a paper towel tube cut into sections.