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How to Naturally Dye Easter eggs

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One of my very favorite traditions during Easter weekend is creating a rainbow of color with my children dying eggs with everyday ingredients.  It is such a simple and fun activity plus your kitchen may already be full of natural dyes. Some of my pantry favorites to transform plain eggs are turmeric, coffee, cabbage, and beets. My three children love experimenting (getting messy) and discovering all the different colors they can create.
One super easy approach is to allow the eggs to soak in your dye solution overnight.
  1. Bring the natural dye ingredient (cabbage, turmeric, coffee etc.) and water to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues.
  2. Remove the natural dye from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  3. Pour the dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 1-2 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.
  4. Add hard boiled eggs to the dye and place it in fridge until the desired color is reached. We prefer to soak overnight and was up to a rainbow of colors.
Here is a simple color guide:
Light Yellow:  Soak eggs in room-temperature Chamomile tea solution, 60 minutes.
Marigold: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 60 minutes.
Light Brown: Soak eggs in room-temperature black coffee, 60 minutes.
Light Pink: Soak eggs in room-temperature beet solution, 30 minutes.
Lavender: Soak eggs in room-temperature beet solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 30 seconds.
Dark Green: Strongly brewed hibiscus tea (with one tablespoon vinegar per cup) will create the dark green
Blue: Soak eggs in room-temperature blueberry solution, 60 minutes. 

 

Even if you do not celebrate Easter- coloring eggs can be a fun rainy day activity or on a lazy weekend. Comment below of your family's egg traditions.