Monday, March 18, 2019

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes that Really Work

how to dye easter eggs with natural homemade dye

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! 

Dying Easter eggs naturally isn't hard - although it does take a little bit more time than dying eggs with the kits from the store. 

Try coloring your Easter eggs naturally this year with fruits, veggies, spice and even coffee!

You and your kids will love how much fun it is to combine science with Easter egg decorating!

Making natural Easter egg dyes is easy and you will love thinking up new ways to dye eggs that I didn't even list here!

If you have success with a particular way to dye eggs naturally, pop into the Creative Green Living Tribe on Facebook and let us know!

How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dye
with fruits, vegetables, and spices


Natural Easter Egg Dye Supplies

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Note: There are lots of different ways you can make natural Easter egg dye. 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 - for pink or red eggs
  • Turmeric - for yellow or deep gold eggs
  • Red cabbage - for blue or greenish eggs
  • Dry onion skins - for reddish brown
  • Acai powder - for dark brown
  • Coffee - for dark brown
  • Spirulina powder - for a subtle light green

In addition to the fruits, veggies or spices, 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.

Dying easter eggs with natural dye

How to make a natural Easter egg dye

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

To make natural egg dye from fresh vegetables (fresh beets, herbs, etc)

1) Add 2-3 cups roughly chopped vegetables or herbs to a stainless steel pot.

2) Cover chopped veggies with about 2 cups of water - or enough to just barely cover the vegetables or herbs.

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 make natural egg dye from spice and other powdered ingredients (turmeric powder, acai powder, spices 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 homemade natural dyes

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.
Dying easter eggs with natural dye

Pictures of naturally dyed Easter eggs

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!


Learn how to make natural egg dye in your kitchen at home with vegetables, herbs, spices and vinegar. This is a fun, natural easter idea to get a rainbow of colors! Have a fun DIY easter egg dying day in your kitchen with cabbage, beets, fruit, onions, turmeric and more. #creativegreenliving #easter #naturaleastereggs #naturaleggdye #naturaldye #eastereggs #howtodyeeggs

Printable instructions:
How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dye


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

How to make natural Easter egg dye

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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6 comments:

  1. I love that red cabbage turns eggs blue! I'm curious about the spirulina powder but it doesn't look like it worked all that well. Do you recommend trying it?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! The spirulina was definitely very faint. I was surprised by that, too! I love bold color, though, so I would probably stick with things like cabbage and turmeric

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  2. Love this! My little isn’t old enough yet but I’ll be bookmarking this for the future!

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  3. I've always wanted to try this! Since I don't have kids, I really don't have a reason to dye eggs - plus my chickens lay gorgeous blue eggs!- but the ones in your pictures are soooo pretty that I might have to try it out just for fun! Thanks for all the great Easter ideas!

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    1. Our chickens lay rainbow eggs, too! It's definitely a fun experiment. Or save this post and dye a white egg a crazy color and plant it in the coop to prank your kids on April Fools day next year!

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  4. Oh thanks for sharing!! The eggs look gorgeous!!

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