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Easter Egg Dyes - How To Make Natural Easter Egg Dyes

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Give the Easter bunny a run for his money by dyeing Easter eggs the natural way, using common foods and flowers.

How to make natural egg dyes:

  • Wash hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.

  • You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls) of a dyestuff in a saucepan.

  • Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff. NOTE: This will be about 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff.

  • Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.

  • natural dyed easter eggsPour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye.

  • Use a slotted spoon to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color. NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator.

  • When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer. NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried.

  • For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.

  • Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.



Color


Items To Dye With

Blue


Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice

 

Brown or Beige


Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea

 

Brown Gold


Dill Seeds
 

Brown Orange


Chili Powder
 


Gold
 

Turmeric

Green


Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
 

Greenish Yellow


Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
 

Grey


Purple or red grape juice or beet juice
 

Lavender


Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea
 

Orange


Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Carrots
Paprika
 

Pink


Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
 

Red


Pomegranate juice 
Canned Cherries (with syrup)
Raspberries
Cranberries
Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)

 

Violet or Purple


Violet Blossoms
Hibiscus tea

Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Red Wine

 

Yellow


Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Celery Seed (boiled)
Green tea

Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffron

 

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