DIY Natural Easter Egg Dye – Here’s my shot at a fun little project. It’s simple, fun and does take a little more patience than the traditional dyes, BUT on the other hand, I’d take that in a heartbeat in order to know what’s absorbing into these eggs is actually good and very safe!
There are 2 ways to make these DIY natural Easter egg dyes come to life.
- MUGS: I made these ones by soaking hard boiled eggs in my dyes for hours, even overnight. I liked the speckled look it gave them. For this method, I mixed my dyes in mugs by placing 2 teaspoons of ground color (see below to see what you can use to make the colors) into the mug, add 1 tablespoon white vinegar, and enough HOT water to cover the egg. NOTES….with this method, make sure to hard boil the eggs beforehand.) , also Dehydrated “colors” that are finely ground will work best.
- PANS: If you want to make the color more even or just want to color them faster, you can actually place your “colors” into small pans. You can use any of the “colors” fresh or in dehydrated powders (the dry powders work best usually). Add enough water to cover the eggs, and turn heat up to high. Add 1/4 cup of color, and 1/4 cup white vinegar, and boil away for about 15 minutes.The options for dying Easter eggs naturally are huge. My rule of thumb is that any richly colored fruit, veggie, spice, garden flower or vegetation will work if it is rich enough in color to leave color on your knife when you cut through it.
Here are a few ideas of items that will make great color for your DIY Natural Easter Egg Dye colors…
BLUE – blueberries
YELLOW – turmeric, saffron
ORANGE – carrots, chineese star anice, Ground Korintje (Makara) Cinnamon, Ground Mace
GREEN – Spinach Leaves, Spirulina, Grape Leaves
PURPLE – Purple Grapes, Purple Pansies
ANOTHER SECRET TO MAKING A VARIETY OF COLORS WITH DIY EASTER EGG DYES…
Here is a basic color wheel. You can use any produce or garden vegetation with these colors or if you want more colors, you can mix them to get the color you want.
Just remember that red, yellow, and blue are the primary colors. So to make secondary colors, just look at the color chart and you can see that the secondary colors are made by mixing the primary colors on each side of it together.
1. green–add yellow and blue
2. purple–add blue and red
3. orange–add red and yellow
A COUPLE MORE TIPS FOR DIY EASTER EGG DYES
- You can also use a wax crayon or wax pencil so kids can draw faces or names or cute designs on the eggs before they’re cooked
- The longer you leave the eggs in the dye mixture, the darker they will be. Can you tell which one I kept in the solution overnight? lol! 🙂
We’d LOVE to see your eggs! If you want, post them to our facebook page, we’ve set it up so you can, and that would be a lot of fun!
Here are links to both of our cookbooks that we think you’ll LOVE!
Let us know how it goes and what your plans are for those left over eggs–stay tuned because we have some super yummy ones coming that we’re sharing too!
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Laurie & TIffany