Dyeing Easter Eggs, Naturally!

We have discovered a love for naturally dyed Easter eggs! It’s so fun to see what kinds of natural plants and herbs will make different colors. The kids get such a kick out of concocting dyes and soaking eggs – it’s like a science project and Easter fun all at the same time.

I thought that all of you might like a little tutorial on dyeing eggs. I’m no expert so if you know of some other great dyeing techniques, let us know!

Yellow. For a mustardy yellow add 2 tablespoons tumeric spice to 1 cup boiling water and stir to combine. Add 2 teaspoons of vinegar.

Blue. Boil 4 cups of water and add 1/4 of a red cabbage and a cup of blueberries to the boiling water. Boil for 5-10 minutes, add 2 teaspoons of vinegar and cool.

Reddish Pink. Add to 2 chopped beets to 4 cups of boiling water. Boil for 5-10 minutes add 2 teaspoons vinegar and cool.

Lavendar. Mix 1 cup of purple grape juice with 1 tablespoon of vinegar.

Green. Add 2 cups of chopped spinach to 4 cups boiling water. Boil for 10-15 minutes, remove from heat and add 2 teaspoons vinegar. The skin from 6 red onions can be substituted for the spinach or mix together the blue and yellow dyes when you’re done with them!

Leave your eggs in the dyes for 20-30 minutes each…sometimes we get antsy and move them along faster, sometimes we leave a few overnight in the fridge! You can also give your eggs some wicked designs with rubber bands and white crayons.

We get eggs from the farm down the street and usually end up with brown, white and green eggs. These dye up in all sorts of different shades; no two are alike. This process definitely isn’t quick but the fun we have in the kitchen is worth it!

Photo by mazaletel

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