You don’t need to run to the store for an egg coloring kit once you learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally.   You can dye your Easter eggs using things that you probably already have around the house. The colors won’t be the same neon colors that a store purchased Easter egg kit makes but the colors are still fun and unique. Plus, your kids will learn how to create something themselves from scratch which is an important lesson.

Learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

You can either boil the eggs in the food dye or you can do them separately.  It is faster to boil the eggs in the food dye but you will need to do multiple pans if you want to have a variety of different colors.  Since that is the way to get the most vibrant colors, that is what I’ll show you how to do.

  • Place white eggs in a small pot of cold water.  Make sure the water covers the eggs by about an inch.
  • Add one teaspoon of white vinegar.
  • Add the natural dye of choice from below. More dye means a more vibrant color. Less dye means a softer color.
  • Bring the eggs to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • When the dye has cooled, place a lid on the pan and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • This will result in a speckled looking dyed Easter egg.

Here are the natural dyes you can use for different colors.  Remember that the more dye you use, the darker and more vibrant the colors of your Easter eggs will be.

  • Lavender – Purple grape juice
  • Purple – Red onion skins, boiled
  • Blue – Canned blueberries
  • Green – Spinach leaves
  • Yellow – Lemon peels, boiled
  • Brown – Coffee
  • Orange – Cooked carrots
  • Pink – Cooked beets
  • Red – Pomegranate juice

Have you ever tried to dye Easter eggs naturally or do you generally use the kits from the store?  Which colors do you think you would most enjoy creating?

 

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April 7, 2014

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

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