Natural Ways To Dye Easter Eggs
With Easter just around the corner, it's time to start thinking of fun family traditions like making baskets, having an egg hunt, playing games, or dyeing eggs. While store-bought dyes are appealing to the eye, their chemicals are not appealing for consumption. Using natural products found around your kitchen, you can produce beautiful, colorful, and unique dyed eggs.
Open Up Your Fridge And Spice Cabinet
Utilizing fruits, vegetables, and spices to make your natural dye is a convenient alternative to food coloring or tablets. You can achieve turquoise using red cabbage, purple using blueberries, brick red using beets, and yellow using carrots and turmeric. Add beet juice to that yellow dye to make orange. Combine vinegar and salt with your dye ingredients and bring it to a boil for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, and then let your eggs rest in the dye overnight.
Coffee Or Tea Break
The hustle and bustle of the holiday can be a little overwhelming, so take some time for yourself and enjoy coffee or tea out of your favorite coffee mug. Instead of throwing away the left over coffee in the pot, use it to dye your Easter eggs. Place room-temperature eggs into the coffee and leave the maker on. The coffee will stay hot and boil the eggs. After about 90 minutes, remove the eggs. If you're more of a tea drinker, you can use green or black tea to dye hardboiled eggs. Simply steep tea in hot water for 5 minutes, add a tablespoon of vinegar, and then submerge an egg and cover. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until the egg has reached desired color.
With little ones running around and playing, they're bound to get thirsty. Juice is a great way for them to get the vitamins they need. Juice is also a great way to naturally dye Easter eggs. Place hardboiled eggs in cranberry juice to achieve a pink color. For a more interesting look, combine vinegar with grape juice and let eggs soak overnight. By morning, they will be lavender speckled.
Save The Scraps
Onion skins are a great way to achieve a variety of looks when dyeing eggs. Yellow onion skins create a light tan color, while red onion skins produce a rich brown hue. Gather skins from about 12 onions, combine them with water and white vinegar and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 30 minutes then strain and cool the mixture. Soak your hardboiled eggs in the dye for roughly 30 minutes or until desired color is achieved. Be creative and wrap herbs, flowers, or chopped up onion skins around the eggs and cover in a piece of nylon before submerging in dye for a unique design.