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Naturally Dye Your Easter Eggs

IMPORTANT: Hard boil all your eggs prior to dyeing!

HOW TO MAKE NATURAL EASTER EGG DYE FROM HOME INGREDIENTS

Combine 1 quart of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in a medium pot for EACH DYE COLOR. Bring to a boil, add dye ingredients (see below), and lower the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes and let cool to room temperature.

COLORING YOUR EGGS

Set up containers (bowls, cups or mason jars) for each dye color. Strain the dye into the container before adding the eggs. Let cool to room temperature. Once dye is strained, add hard boiled eggs and let soak for at least 30 minutes. Let the eggs soak longer for a more vibrant color. When it reaches the desired color, remove with tongs and pat dry with paper towels.

Eggs must sit in most of the dye colors for 30 minutes or more, depending on how deep you want the color to be.


PINK EGGS

Soak 4 cups of CHOPPED BEETS into the vinegar mixture and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain, let cool and then add eggs until desired color.

ORANGE EGGS

Add 4 cups of YELLOW ONION SKINS into the vinegar mixture and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain, let cool and then add eggs until desired color. For a brighter orange, leave eggs to sit in dye overnight in the refrigerator.

YELLOW EGGS

Add 4 tablespoons of TUMERIC or CURRY into the vinegar mixture and simmer for 30 minutes.  Strain, let cool and then add eggs until desired color.

LIGHT BLUE EGGS

Add 3 cups of CHOPPED RED OR PURPLE CABBAGE into the vinegar mixture and simmer for 30 minutes.  Strain, let cool and then add eggs until desired color. Leave eggs to sit in dye overnight in the refrigerator for the brightest shade.

DARK BLUE EGGS

Add 4 cups of BLUEBERRIES into the vinegar mixture and simmer for 30 minutes.  Strain, let cool and then add eggs until desired color.

LIGHT GREEN EGGS

Add 3 cups of SPINACH into the vinegar mixture and simmer for 30 minutes.  Strain, let cool and then add eggs until desired color.

DECORATING EGGS

To be even more creative, before you submerge your eggs in the dye, you can use stickers, clear wax crayons or rubber bands to create designs on the eggs. When eggs have been dyed, let them rest for 30 minutes and then remove stickers or rubber bands to see your imprinted design.

Enjoy educating your children with this natural and creative way of dyeing Easter eggs.

The great thing is, you can turn your Easter egg hunt eggs into deviled eggs to accompany an appetizer platter or make egg salad sandwiches for lunch before Easter dinner. 

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