Easter Sunday is just around the corner, and nothing makes it feel more like Easter than spending time decorating eggs with your family. This year a dear friend of mine has me thinking about ways to dye eggs without chemicals or artificial flavors, and I thought this was such a great idea, I just had to share it with you! Why not color your eggs using nature’s very own dyes? It’s possible to come up with so many beautiful colors using natural ingredients that can easily be found in your own kitchen. So here are instructions for a non-toxic, kid-friendly, healthy, fun and easy way to make your own Easter egg dyes using a wide range of botanical sources.
Yellow/Orange — add 3 large handfuls of yellow onion skins
Substitute: 3+ Tbsp. turmeric, carrots
Blue/Purple — add 2-3 C. frozen blueberries
Substitute: 1 head red cabbage – chopped, red wine, purple grape juice
Green — 1 C. blueberries and 2 Tbsp. turmeric
Substitute: Spinach leaves
Red/Pink — add 2 C. grated fresh beets
Substitute: strong Red Zinger tea, chopped cranberries or juice, frozen raspberries or cherries, or 3+ Tbsp. of paprika or chili-powder, red onion skins
Beige/Brown — add strongly brewed coffee
For most dyes, combine the ingredients with 2 Tbsp. white vinegar and boil each color mixture separately in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain, let cool, then add hard-boiled eggs to liquid. The vinegar acts as a fixative – without it, the dyes won’t stick to the eggs. And of course, the longer you submerge your eggs, the deeper the color will be – Some you may even want to soak over-night! Most of these dyes set in well by simply soaking your hard-boiled eggs in the liquid, others’ ingredients you may want to add to the boiling water itself… Have fun experimenting with what works best for you!
Dyeing and Decorating Tips:
• Before dyeing, hard boil white eggs and let them cool.
• For uniform color, strain each dye mixture through cheesecloth or a fine strainer.
• For a mottled, tie-dyed or spotty effect, leave all the ingredients in the pans.
• Use crayons to make designs — circles, geometrics, your name — on the egg; the crayoned part will not take up any dye. White crayons work especially well!
• The longer the eggs remain in the dye, the deeper the color.
• For special effects, dip half the egg in one color, the other half in another.
We hope you have a blast dyeing Easter eggs the natural way. We know that the Easter Bunny will love your beautiful and colorful basket of eggs! Happy Easter.