As Easter approaches, here’s a
quick and easy natural way to dye Easter eggs.
Most of the natural dyes can be found in your kitchen already, so save the scraps/onion skins, and coffee grinds for this project.
We did this project last year with a two year old and it was a great success!
She loved putting the contents in bowls, helping with the dyeing part, and then taking the eggs out.
I’ll be honest, it does take a little longer than using store bought food coloring, but if you like little DIY’s and don’t mind letting the eggs sit and soak for a while, the results are splendid!
1-2 dozen eggs (keep the cartons for storing eggs later)
Beets: 4 cups
Red Onion: 4 cups (skins from 10-12 onions)
White Onion: 4 cups (skins from 10-12 onions)
Purple Cabbage: 4 cups chopped cabbage
Blueberries: 1-2 pints
Ground turmeric: 3 tablespoons
Coffee: 1 quart strong black coffee
1. Hard boil eggs in water (I used 1 dozen)
2. Separately, Add each ingredient to 4 cups of water,
bring to a boil, and then lower heat to allow ingredients to simmer for about 30 minutes..
3.Let the water dyes cool to room temperature.
4. Strain the dyes and pour into bowls/cups, ready for eggs to soak.
5. Soak the eggs in each dye solution, dividing the eggs among all the dyes.
Soak eggs anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours (or overnight), rotating the eggs for an even coat every so often.Taking eggs out at different times will give you a shade of colors.
6. Take your eggs out once they reach the desired color.
7. Store eggs in an egg carton until they are fully dried.
(Using White Eggs)
Purple Cabbage: blue eggs
Red Onion Skins: lavender eggs
Yellow onion skins: orange eggs
Beets: pink eggs
Turmeric: yellow eggs
Coffee: dark brown eggs
Blueberries: blue/gray eggs