Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dying Easter Eggs with Natural Colors

coloring easter eggs naturally
Dying Easter eggs is something my family loves to do every year. My kids and I don't eat artificial food coloring, though, so it doesn't make sense to dye Easter eggs with a product that will mean we won't want to eat the eggs anymore! Coloring Easter eggs naturally isn't hard - although it does take a little bit more time than dying Easter eggs with the kits from the store. Try coloring your Easter eggs naturally this year and see how much fun it is to combine science with Easter egg decorating!

How to Dye Easter Eggs
with natural vegetable and spice dyes


Supplies



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There are lots of different ways you can dye Easter eggs. See what's in your fridge or what's on sale at the grocery store. Here are some common foods used to make natural egg dying solutions:

  • Beets - pink or red eggs
  • Turmeric - yellow or deep gold eggs
  • Red cabbage - blue or greenish eggs
  • Dry onion skins - reddish brown
  • Acai powder - dark brown
  • Coffee - dark brown
  • Spirulina powder - subtle light green

In addition to the dye matter listed above you will also need:
  • Hard boiled white shelled eggs*
  • Mason jars
  • Small stainless steel pot
  • White vinegar
  • White salt

*While I keep my own chickens, I had difficulty getting the dyes to permeate the shells of the fresh eggs because the bloom was still intact (even after trying to scrub it off!). Try scrubbing your fresh eggs in hot water or use store bought eggs for this purpose as the bloom will have been removed during the packaging process.
coloring easter eggs with natural and food based dyes



Directions


Watch me make them!

In March, 2018 I appeared on KATU Afternoon Live to show host, Kara Mack, how to dye eggs with natural colors. Watch me make them here: 

How to make a natural Easter egg dye

Regardless of what vegetable base you use to make your dye, the procedure is basically the same:

For fresh vegetable matter (fresh beets, etc)

1) Add 2-3 cups roughly chopped vegetable matter to a stainless steel pot.

2) Cover vegetable matter with about 2 cups of water - or enough to just barely cover the vegetable matter.

3) Bring water to a boil and simmer for 30-45 minutes before straining out vegetable chunks.

4) Add 1-2 Tbsp white vinegar and 1 tsp salt to the dye.


For powdered ingredients (turmeric powder, acai powder, etc)

1) Bring 1.5-2 cups of water to boil on the stove.

2) Mix in 1 Tbsp powdered spice or vegetable, 1 Tbsp white vinegar and 1 tsp salt.

3) Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes before removing from heat.

How to dye Easter eggs with the vegetable dye

To prepare eggs for dying, carefully place hard boiled eggs in mason jars (handle gently so they don't crack!). White egg shells will absorb the dye most readily so that is what I recommend.

Once your dye is prepared, pour the dye over the eggs in the mason jars. Allow to set for at least an hour but for the most vibrant results, place the jars in the fridge once cool and allow to sit for 12-24 hours.
how to dye easter eggs with food dye

Examples of dying Easter eggs naturally

This pretty colbalt blue egg sat in a red cabbage dye bath for 12 hours and turned this vibrant blue color!
Easter egg dyed with red cabbage dye solution to get dark blue egg

how to get different colors of easter eggs with natural plant based dye

Enjoy!

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Dying easter eggs with natural dye

Printable instructions:
How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally


Yield: 1 dozen dyed eggs
dying easter eggs with natural food based and vegetable dyes

How to dye Easter eggs naturally

With so many people avoiding artificial food coloring, why not try experimenting with natural, food-based dyes for your Easter eggs this year! Learning how to dye Easter eggs is easy and will make for a fun science experiment the whole family can participate in.

supplies

Required for all dye batches:
  • Stainless steel pot
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • Mason jars
Suggested vegetables or spices
  • Fresh red beets (for red or pink)
  • Fresh yellow beets (for light yellow)
  • Dry or fresh turmeric (for yellow or gold)
  • Dry spirulina (for very pale green)
  • Fresh red cabbage (for blue or blueish-green)
  • Dry onions skins (reddish brown)
  • Coffee (dark brown)
  • Dry acai powder (dark brown)

instructions

To prep dye with fresh ingredients
  1. Add 2-3 cups roughly chopped vegetable matter to a stainless steel pot.
  2. Cover vegetable matter with about 2 cups of water - or enough to just barely cover the vegetable matter.
  3. Bring water to a boil and simmer for 30-45 minutes before straining out vegetable chunks.
  4. Add 1-2 Tbsp white vinegar and 1 tsp salt to the dye.
To prep dye with powdered ingredients
  1. Bring 1.5-2 cups of water to boil on the stove.
  2. Mix in 1 Tbsp powdered spice or vegetable, 1 Tbsp white vinegar and 1 tsp salt.
  3. Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes before removing from heat.
How to dye eggs with natural dye
  1. Carefully place hard boiled eggs in mason jars (handle gently so they don't crack!).
  2. Once your dye is prepared, pour the dye over the eggs in the mason jars. Allow to set for at least an hour but for the most vibrant results, place the jars in the fridge once cool and allow to sit for 12-24 hours.

notes

You can also try combining colors by making baths with small amount of very concentrated dye and larger amounts of weaker dye. For purple eggs, try combining 3/4 cup fresh beet solution with 1 1/2 cups red cabbage solution.

For green eggs, try soaking in red cabbage solutions for 1-2 hours and then adding to a turmeric solution for 20-30 minutes.

Have fun and experiment!
calories
78
fat (grams)
5.3
carbs (grams)
0
protein (grams)
6.3
sugar (grams)
0
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Carissa Bonham is a lifelong crafter and mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living, she won the Craftys Award for the "Best Craft Blogger" category in 2016 and the ShiftCon award for "Best DIY Blogger" in 2018.

Her creative pursuits don't stop at crafts - she is also the author of the hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017) and several ebooks. Her projects have been featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Capper's Farmer and Urban Farm Magazine. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living Tribe.
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