Natural dyed Easter Eggs

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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!

Supplies:

1-2 dozen eggs (keep the cartons for storing eggs later)

Suggested Dyes:
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

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Instructions
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.

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Color Glossary:
(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

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