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Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

It’s almost Easter weekend, which means it’s time for Easter egg hunting! One of my favorite Easter activities as a child and as an adult is dyeing Easter eggs, a fun holiday craft project the whole family can easily do together. But rather than buying those store-bought kits with chemical dyes and packaging to dispose of, consider dyeing your eggs with herbs and foods this year. It’s surprisingly easy, fun and interesting, will help connect kids with the wonders of nature, and doesn’t rely on chemicals. Read more about naturally dyeing eggs.

Here are the best foods to use for dyeing various colors. Please share other foods and herbs you’ve tried with success!

Gold: Handful of yellow onion skins
Yellow: 2 tablespoons turmeric or a handful of carrot tops
Green: Handful of coltsfoot
Blue: 2 cups chopped red cabbage (for best results, add cabbage to water while hard-boiling eggs)
Pink: 2 cups chopped beets
Purple: 1 cup frozen blueberries
Brown: 2 tablespoons coffee grounds or 4 black tea bags

Here are instructions for dyeing the eggs:
1. Hard-boil eggs. My favorite method: Place eggs in enough cold water to cover them and place over high heat. As soon as water comes to a boil, cover pot and turn off heat. Allow to cook for about 15 minutes, then remove from heat and soak in ice water to stop cooking.

2. Bring each dye ingredient to a boil with 2 cups of water; strain the dyes into cups and allow to cool. If you’re using cabbage to dye eggs blue, hard-boil those eggs separately and place cabbage in water before boiling.

3. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to each cup of dye.

4. Dip eggs into cups of dye, submerging completely and leaving until they reach the desired color.
Read one blogger’s personal experiences dyeing eggs.

Note: Don’t waste your dyed eggs! Make sure to eat up those hard-boiled eggs sliced in salad, converted into deviled eggs (here’s a great recipe) or egg salad (here’s a great recipe), or plain with salt and pepper. To that end, I highly recommend choosing locally raised farm eggs. They deliver much better flavor and nutrition than their factory-farmed counterparts. To find locally raised eggs in your area, visit Local Harvest. Buying in the store? Learn about egg carton labeling.

Happy dyeing!

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Jessica Kellner

Jessica Kellner is the editor of Natural Home & Garden magazine, a national sustainable home and lifestyle magazine. She is dedicated to helping readers create more sustainable, delightful homes that are in tune with the natural world. She is also the author of Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing, published by New Society Publishers in autumn of 2011. Email her at jkellner@naturalhomeandgarden.com.

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12:55PM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

Good tips,thanks for sharing

5:56PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Thanks for this recipe!!

1:30PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

I don't do eggs, but good ideas.

12:34AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

thanks

9:56AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

i think i'll play with these using other objects. thanks!

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Delightful, natural dyes have been around for a long time and are wonderful!

11:15AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Thanks for the post. Check out these easter eggs: http://www.savagecabbage.org/colouring-easter-eggs-using-natural-dyes

9:24AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

thanks

9:09PM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

or you could just get some brown, green, and blue eggs from your local farmer!

1:36PM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

Thanks.

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