How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

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It’s super easy to dye Easter eggs naturally at home. I know those cheap little kits are convenient and a staple to many Easter activities but they are full of artificial colors. If you plane to eat the eggs this isn’t something you want on your food. I will admit I used them when I was young. I remember the smell of vinegar as you put each color tablet into a cup. They came with cheap metal rings to lower the eggs and the paper holders to dry them on.

Alas…I know too much now. Things are no longer simple. I am a parent. So, I want to provide my children with a safe artificial free experience. I plan to make new memories with them. Hopefully this will be something they will pass down for generations to come!

Look at what can be created right from nature! These Easter eggs are dyed naturally from items you can find in your kitchen!

naturally dyed easter eggs
Chase was 3 last year and it was the first time we were able to dye Easter eggs together. It was a learning experience for both of us. I kept it simple with 3 colors, but there are so many variations. It is way better then a box of tablets!

Here is what I used:

  • 3 tbsp of turmeric -yellow
  • 4 cups of red cabbage -blue
  • 4 cups of beets -pink/purple
  • 1 quart (4 cups) of water for each color
  • 2 tbsp. of vinegar for each color
  • a pot for each color
  • a strainer
  • cheese cloth
  • old egg containers for drying
  • quart sized canning jars ( large containers will work)

Other fun things to use:

  • a white crayon
  • rubber bands
  • stickers

Step 1: I chopped all the veggies! This didn’t take me more than 15 minutes, even with interruptions. You can use canned beets to save some time. I only used half of the cabbage. If you end up with a bit more than 4 cups just throw it in. The more veggies you add the stronger the color.

Step 2: I got out 3 pots and filled them with 1 quart of water each. I brought them all to a boil with the veggie and turmeric and then turned them down to medium-high. Now, this isn’t an exact science. Stove temps vary a bit. I cooked mine down for 30 mins. I turned the temp to medium-high so it didn’t boil over and I didn’t loose too much water.

Step 3: I let them cool a bit and strained them into the jars. I used the cheese cloth for the turmeric. It’s okay if you don’t get it all out. The grainy spice left in the dye will just add a bit of texture to the color. I added the vinegar at this point. Don’t forget you can compost the leftover veggies!

Step 4: Time for the kiddies! Since Chase is still young I helped in handling the eggs. We counted each one before boiling them. Then he picked the color while I lowered them in. I decided to put them straight into the canning jars. I was able to put 4-5 eggs in each one. For older kids you can decorate the eggs with crayons and put rubber bands on them before they take a colorful bath.

Step 5: Let the eggs soak in the fridge. The longer the better! If you have older kids you can even hard boil the eggs in the colored liquid to make the process quicker. We soaked them all night.

Step 6: Dry and enjoy! Now you can eat them!

naturally dyed easter egg

 

Overall:

It was great experience and we plan to do it again this year! Prep time in total took about an hour. Each egg was unique and the color was very vibrant!

If you aren’t a do-it-yourself kind of person then check out Eco-eggs. Just like those cheap kits but totally natural. It also comes with soil and seeds to grow some grass.

{Have an Artificial Free Easter!}

 

More ways to create color:

Color Ingredients
Lavender Small Quantity of Purple Grape JuiceViolet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon JuiceRed Zinger Tea
Violet Blue Violet BlossomsSmall Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)Hibiscus TeaRed Wine
Blue Canned BlueberriesRed Cabbage Leaves (boiled)Purple Grape Juice
Green Spinach Leaves (boiled)Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish Yellow Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Yellow Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)Carrot Tops (boiled)Celery Seed (boiled)Ground Cumin (boiled)Ground Turmeric (boiled)Chamomile TeaGreen Tea
Golden Brown Dill Seeds
Brown Strong CoffeeInstant CoffeeBlack Walnut Shells (boiled)Black Tea
Orange Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)Cooked CarrotsChili PowderPaprika
Pink BeetsCranberries or JuiceRaspberriesRed Grape JuiceJuice from Pickled Beets
Red Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)Canned Cherries with JuicePomegranate JuiceRaspberries

Source: http://chemistry.about.com/od/holidayhowtos/a/eastereggdyes.htm

About Angela Vullo

I am a mother to three wonderful children. I love to read and write. I created this blog to share my experience and tips on trying to live a green lifestyle.

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