Natural Dyes For Easter Eggs

Easter is coming soon and one of our favorite family traditions is dying Easter eggs. Normally I pick up a kit and use the food coloring tablets that come inside, but I have always been intrigued by natural dyes. So this year, I set out to use commonly found food items to make Easter egg dyes.

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This process requires a bit of work,  but it’s fun and the end results are neat. I was surprised with how vibrant the colors turned out and my son enjoyed the “science” experiment. Nature really does provide us with what we need.

These eggs will add a beautiful touch to your Easter Sunday decor and can later be used for egg salad sandwiches. Yum!!

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Thanks to Savory magazine for providing this cool idea.

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Materials:

  • Glass bowls or cups (plastic will stain)
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Tumeric
  • Yellow onion skins
  • Beets
  • Purple cabbage
  • Spoons or tongs
  • Newspaper or kraft paper to keep workspace clean.
  • Rubber gloves if you don’t want your hands dyed.

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Directions:

1. Hard boil eggs (place eggs in pot cover with water and bring to a boil, remove pot from stove and place a lid on pot and allow eggs to sit in water for 13 minutes. Then rinse eggs under cold water.)

2. Make dyes

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Pastel Yellow: Bring two cups (I used skins from 5 large onions) onion skins, 2 cups water and 1 tbsp white vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for half an hour. Strain and allow liquid to cool.

Pretty Pink: Bring two cups chopped beers, 2 cups water, and 1 tbsp white vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and cool liquid.

Outrageous Orange: Bring two cups of water,  1 Tbsp white vinegar, and 2 tbsp turmeric to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and cool liquid.

Baby Blue: Bring two cups chopped purple cabbage, 2 cups water and 1 tbsp white vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and cool liquid.

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3. To dye eggs, submerge in dye for at least 30 minutes for a more intense color. Place on a wire baking rack to dry.

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These eggs turned out gorgeous and I was so excited by the results. These dyes would be awesome on fibers too. I think my family has found a new tradition. I hope you give this project a try.

IMG_5689Thanks for reading! xo

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