Forgo the store bought plastic easter eggs! Using natural dyes to create beautiful Easter eggs is simple, quick, and can be done with ingredients already on hand! That’s right – don’t rush off to the store. Just open your fridge, your compost bucket, or your pantry, pull out a few ingredients and begin making your naturally dyed Easter eggs!
Here are some suggestions for coloring:
- Red wine (a cup for the dye, a cup for you!) – LAVENDER-BLUE
- Red onion skins – BROWNISH
- Yellow onion skins – TAN
- Red cabbage – BLUE
- Beets – PINK (although mine tend to turn more brown-purple after exposure to air)
- Turmeric – YELLOW
You will also need white vinegar, boiling water, and a few mason jars.
How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs
1. Place dye ingredients into a mason jar. You will need 1-2 large handfuls of onion skins or red cabbage, approximately 2 tbsp of turmeric, or 1 cup of beets. Cover with boiling water.
2. Add 2 tbsp of white vinegar and gently place your hard boiled egg in the jar. I used white eggs, but you can use brown eggs. The colors will just be slightly different (for instant, the yellow onion skins will create a more reddish tone).
* Many people suggest straining the plant materials before adding the egg. This is certainly a fine thing to do. I just like the mottled effect that results when the egg comes into contact with the plant matter.
3. Occasionally check on the egg, and pull it out when it is the color you desire!
You can create neat effects by wrapping the eggs in a rubber band prior to dyeing, as seen in the photo above.
4. Hide! If you keep the eggs cool until hiding time, feel free to eat them as you find them!
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