Have you ever tried doing Easter Eggs with natural dyes? We did, and they turned out beautifully.
Ingredients for Easter Egg Natural Dyes
- Yellow: Turmeric spice
- Pink: Beet juice…from a can
- Blue: Frozen blueberries
- Green: dip in yellow, then blue
- Purple: dip in both the red and blue
- Orange didn’t really work out for us, dipping in the red then yellow. I’ve heard you can boil onion peels to get an orange dye.
The process was just like using the little color pellets from the store, except that I already had all of these ingredients at home. By the way, I admit to wimping out on the beets. If you happen to have fresh beets, you can chop and boil them to get your own juice, but the canned juice saved me a ton of time.
How to Color Easter Eggs with Natural Dyes
- Start with perfectly hard boiled eggs, with directions here.
- Heat water to boiling, then pour it into a coffee cup with a small amount of the natural item (see above) and a teaspoon of white vinegar.
- Let the dye-water cool.
- Place room-temperature hard-boiled eggs into coffee cups with spoons, making sure they are submerged.
- Check the color every minute or so, and pull them out when you like the color.
- Dry them on wire racks.
We did the old trick of marking white eggs with crayon designs before dying. You can also Mod Podge the dyed eggs with natural elements like flower petals. Or you can use seasonal washi tape to create designs on top of your colored eggs. We kept it simple since the colors were so pretty.
The dyes get weaker after a few eggs, so be prepared to brew a new batch. The yellow was really a beautiful, vibrant color. You might want to experiment with other foods that you have on hand. This is the one time you actually want your food to stain!
I was delighted with the lovely colors.