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D.I.Y. Natural Easter Egg Dyes

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A symbol of rebirth and renewal, eggs are closely associated with spring and Easter. Dyeing these iconic orbs is a popular spring pastime that yields a beautiful decoration, protein-packed treat.

With so many people interested in making their own healthy pantry staples at home, we thought it would be fun to share one of our favorite seasonal D.I.Y. projects: natural dyes for Easter eggs!

You'll start with perfect hard-boiled eggs, plus a few ingredients you likely have in your home already. Natural dyes are easy, and you can even create custom colors if you want to get creative!

The process is simple: Find ingredients that bleed a strong color when cooked in water. Simmer your ingredient(s) of choice for 20-30 minutes in 1 cup of water per egg you want to dye, then strain out the solids, reserving the liquid, and let cool slightly. Pour the dye liquid into ceramic or glass containers (metal containers might cause a reaction and alter the color), add 1 tablespoon white vinegar to set the dye, and then add hard-boiled eggs to soak. Natural dyes require a longer soak time, so leave eggs in the dye for a few hours or up to overnight (in the refrigerator) for best results.

Here are some of our favorite ingredients for natural egg dyeing:
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Red: 1/2 cup raspberries or 1/2 cup cherries (canned)
Orange: 2 T chili powder, 3-4 yellow onion skins, or 1/4 cup paprika
Yellow: 1 T turmeric, 3-4 orange peels, or 1 bunch carrot tops
Green: 4 cups spinach leaves, chopped or chlorophyll drops (to achieve desired hue)
Blue: 1/4 head red cabbage, grated, or 1/2 cup canned blueberries
Purple: 1 cup purple grape juice, 2-3 bags hibiscus tea, or 1 cup red wine
Pink: 1 cup grated beets or 2 cups natural (no sugar added) cranberry juice

You can have fun and try any number of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Note that frozen or canned fruit often yields a richer color. Chop, grate, or puree fruits and vegetables for best results. Breaking down the cell walls will ensure a brighter color.

After your eggs have achieve the desired hue, drain them and discard the dye. Natural dyes are matte and not as bright as commercial dyes, so you can rub a little oil onto your eggs to make them shinier.

Now that you know how to make your own dyed eggs, get creative with your decorations!

Have you ever tried making homemade dyes? Will you try?

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PATRICIAAK 9/14/2020
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KATHYJO56 7/20/2020
I never did this with natural dyes. Interesing Report
Fun! Thank you for the suggestions! Report
Will try making my own dye from now on. Report
Great tips! Thank you so much! Report
I like the idea one of the readers has to boil them with onion skins. It's simple and it's perfect! Who needs all these fancy colors? I really don't like the idea of using food this way. It's wasteful. Report
i made homemade dyed Easter eggs one year, although I didn't realize they should have been left in the dye overnight. Mine faded a bit, but the really cool thing was that as they faded they took on a batik appearance! Report
Great ideas. How awesome. Thanks SP!! Report
Do the flavors seep through the shells? Report
Beets make a decent red or pink depending on how much you concetrate, it is best with a fresh beet, wash and boil, if you peel or chop it more color will bleed out in to your water. Report
Additional thing that I want to try is first putting an egg into a sleeve of a long sleeve shirt, tie on both sides and wind it up. Spin a few times then take it out and boil. That way you have scrambled Easter eggs.

I just heard about it... I am dying to try it! Report

any time of the year, put onion skins in water to boil eggs
as an easy way to tell hard boiled eggs from fresh eggs in the frig. Report
Very good been practicing for years and it works great !! Report
Great idea! I'll get with my boys and we'll use kitchen scraps and see what we can come up with! Report
How very cool! I'm looking forward to trying this! Report
Not sure that red from canned red cherries would be all natural... I can't seem to find any that don't use Red 40 as a coloring agent. But since the shell wouldn't be eaten... maybe... Report
My family is from northern Europe, and we've always dyed our eggs with onion skin - just boil them together. If you have time, you can place leaves, flowers, etc. on the egg, wrap in a piece of cloth & tie with string. After boiling with the onion skins, carefully unwrap - the leaves & flowers leave a pretty print! Report
Hey - *raspberries*! Gotta love 'em! :) Report