Blue Easter Eggs made with natural dyes on plates
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Naturally-Dyed Easter Eggs

Ingredients

  • water
  • white eggs
  • brown eggs
  • 1 c yellow or red onion skins (deep coral) per cup of water
  • 1 c whole chopped red cabbage (rich red/purple) per cup of water
  • 1 c spinach chopped (green) per cup of water
  • 1 c swiss chard chopped (brown) per cup of water
  • 1 c chopped red beet (reds and pinks) per cup of water
  • 1 c blueberries, blackberries, cherries (blues and purples) per cup of water
  • 5 bags herbal tea (green, red, grey, brown) per cup of water
  • 3 tbsp. tumeric (yellow) per cup of water
  • 2 tbsp. white distilled vinegar per cup of water
  • 2 tbsp. white distilled vinegar per dye ingredient
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda per cup of dye

Instructions

Hard Boil the desired number of eggs and bring to room temperature.

    Boil Dye

    • For each color bring the desired amount of water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar per cup of water to a boil, add dye ingredients based on the desired color, and allow to simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
    • When the dye is a few shades darker than desired, remove from heat and allow to cool.

    Strain

    • Using a sieve, strain and remove all plant matter from liquid. One cup of dye per 3-4 eggs
    • For stabilizing dye you have two options: either add baking soda or vinegar to the plant liquid. Vinegar will lighten the color. Baking soda darkens the color.

    Dye eggs

    • Pour dye over eggs, be sure that eggs are submerged in dye and refrigerate.

    Experiment

    • It's fun to experiment with colors! Double dip from yellow into blue to make shades of teal and green, or from yellow to red for coral tones. Mixing Green and Red will yield a darker color.
    • You can use anything in your pantry that creates color. Take a look at your tea collection to add interesting color to the eggs. You may have to soak, dry and soak again in other colors to achieve your desired effect.
    • To add patterns to your eggs, try decorating the eggs with beeswax in a polka dot pattern or stripe, or whatever you fancy. Try wrapping pieces of twine or rubber bands around them before soaking.