I have wanted to try dying Easter eggs with natural, homemade dyes. Some sources say to boil the eggs in the dye to cook, and then leaving the eggs in the dye for additional time to give them a more intense color. Others suggest to boil the dye and eggs separately, allow the dye to cool, strain the natural ingredients out and then allow the eggs to soak in the color. Either technique, you need to allow the eggs to soak in the color for a minimum of 30 minutes. The longer you allow the eggs to remain in the color, the more vibrant the color will be. In addition, I recommend using white eggs (and adding a tablespoon of white vinegar to your eggs when boiling them).
Remember, these are natural dyes so they are much more subtle than store-bought, boxed kits. It’s also a great way to reuse items that normally would be discarded at home, and great family activity!
Red- Red Onion skins
Raw Sienna: Yellow Onion Peels
Golden Yellow: Tumeric
Light Green: Matcha Tea
Green: Spinach or Fresh Parsley
Blue-Green: Red Cabbage
Blue: Purple Cabbage
Purple: Grape Juice
Lavender: Hibiscus Tea (bag)
Purple: Red Wine
Bright Pink: Chopped Beets
Brown: Strong Coffee
You can also try adding decoration before dying with resist techniques such as drawing on the eggs using a white (or even colored) crayons, or even dripping candle wax on them.
Experiment and try combos too! Have you tried dying Easter eggs with natural dyes?
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