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DIY: 6 Natural Egg Dyes

DIY: 6 Natural Egg Dyes

Whether or not you celebrate Easter specifically, eggs are a natural symbol of Spring. If you are lucky enough to own some Araucana chickens, then you probably already see beautifully colored green eggs everyday. If not, spend an afternoon dying some eggs to bring in the season! Here are some great ways to get beautiful, natural, colors with items you probably already have your kitchen!

There are a lot of variations for different colors and shades. Once the dyes are prepared you can leave the eggs in for a half-hour to overnight, depending on the depth of tone you desire. Here are the basics to start creating colors:

Pink Canned beet juice.
Add 1/2 Tsp. vinegar to 1 cup of juice to and 3 cups of water.

Yellow Boiled ground cumin or tumeric.
Boil 2 Tsp. vinegar with 2 Tbsp. of either spice in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes. Let it cool.

Green Boiled spinach leaves.
Boil 2 Tbsp. vinegar with up to 4 cups of spinach in 3 cups of water for about 30 minutes. Let it cool and remove the leaves.

Blue Red cabbage leaves.
Boil 1 cup shredded cabbage leaves with 1Tsp. vinegar and 3 cups of water for about 30 minutes. Let it cool and remove the leaves.

Purple Grape juice.
Add 1 Tbsp. vinegar to 1 cup of grape juice.

Brown Coffee.
Add 1 Tbsp. vinegar to 1 cup of strongly brewed coffee.

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Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch is an illustrator, artist, and writer. Her formative years were spent in the heart of the Puget Sound in Olympia, WA. Though Portland, OR has been her home base for some time, she always has an adventure around the corner.


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8:26AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

good tips

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Fabulous, did not know about the spinach leaves!

5:23AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

great, i'll surely try these too; for red use onion peel

9:13AM PDT on May 1, 2012

Thanks for this info!

7:23PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Thanks for the info

5:10AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Thank you so very very much! Keeper ideas!

1:27PM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

thanks :)

11:20AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012


9:32AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

Thank-you for some interesting ideas. They sound good but the question is, do they work adequately enough to color the eggs.

9:21AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

Sounds like fun!

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