Naturally-dyed Easter Egg Recipes

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Easter eggs

Happy Easter! Enjoy with this fun egg-dying activity! 

Dyes made separately: 

For these, you can dye eggs in 2 ways: 

  1.  Put already hard boiled eggs in mixture of 1 T vinegar and dye and put in fridge for up to 12 hours.  The more time in dye, the darker the colors. 

  1. Let dye cool.  Put uncooked eggs in mixture of 1 T vinegar and dye.  Make sure eggs are covered by 1 inch of liquid.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 7 minutes.  Let eggs sit in dye for up to 12 hours. 

Blue – Red Cabbage 

Cover red cabbage leaves with 1 inch of water.  Bring to a boil.  Simmer 30-60 minutes.  Strain to pour off dye. 

Red-orange – Yellow onion peels 

Red-brown – Red onion peels 

Pack peels into pot.  Cover with at least 1 inch of water.  Bring to a boil.  Simmer 30-60 minutes.  Strain to pour off dye. 

Pink-grey – Beets 

Cover beets in at least one inch of water.  Bring to a boil.  Simmer 30 minutes. Strain to pour off dye. 

Eggs and dye made together: 

Golden yellow – Turmeric 

Use 3T turmeric for 1 pot of water.  Add 1 T vinegar.  Bring to a boil and simmer eggs in mixture for 7 minutes.  Turn off heat and let eggs sit for up to 12 hours. 

Deep purple – Red wine 

Cover eggs with 1 inch of red wine.  Bring to a boil and simmer eggs for 7 minutes.  Turn off heat and let eggs sit for up to 12 hours. 

Greenish brown – Green tea 

Cover eggs with 1 inch of water.  Put up to 3 teabags in water.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 7 minutes.  Turn off heat and let eggs sit for up to 12 hours. 

Options for decorating include:  covering with twine, herbs tied on with nylon, etc. to create patterns while eggs are dyed.  After dying, you can rub off some of the dye with a paper towel to create texture.  You could also rub coconut oil on dried eggs to create a shine.