Why make your own egg dyes? Well, since eggs are an edible decoration, I would always prefer to feed my family actual edible food items instead of chemicals. Plus, it’s just fun to make up natural dyes and create unique combinations!
Update: Check out my segment on Fox Rochester where I give in-depth instructions and you can see exactly how my eggs turned out!
I practiced using natural dyes on my Easter eggs last year too, but I think the process went much better this year. The process is actually quite important, and there are a few things I added to my repertoire this year that helped.
First, you’ll need to gather the raw materials to make the dyes. Here are my favorite fruits, vegetables and spices to use, as well as what color they’ll produce (each quantity is per 1 cup of water). Or, just feel free to pin the chart above.
Raspberry Zinger Tea (3 bags) – Red
Red Cabbage (1 cup) – Blue
Blueberries (1/2 cup) – Purplish blue
Turmeric (3 tbsp) – Dark Yellow
Coffee (2 tbsp ground) – Brown
Yellow Onion (skin of 3 onions) – Orange
Beets – Reddish brown
How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally
1. Add the raw material (blueberries,turmeric, whatever) to a pot with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Once it’s at a rolling boil, reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
2. Strain any solids out and pour the liquid into a glass jar, leaving room for eggs. Add 1-2 tsp of white vinegar.
3. Place the egg(s) carefully into each glass container. Then put the whole thing into the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes.
4. When the eggs are finished, take them off, dry them, and massage some cooking oil into the shell to make it shine.
It’s important to add the vinegar to the dye to help it “stick” better. Also, placing the eggs and dye in the refrigerator also helps create more vibrant colors.
Have you tried doing your own Easter Egg Dye? I’d love to hear what you used!
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