Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Naturally dyeing Easter Eggs was actually my first introduction to the process of natural dyes! Its so simple and very cheap to do. Safe for kiddos and a relatively quick process :)
You can make separate batches of different colors or one large batch of a single color. Im not going to include a set recipe for each color in here, because the ratios depend on how many eggs you are trying to dye. But in general, I’d say at least 1 cup of dye material (chopped beets/red cabbage/blueberries/red onion skin) would work well and you can add more or less, depending on the color hue you hope to achieve. For the Turmeric, 1 or 2 Tablespoons might be enough to dye around 6 eggs.
I like using both White and Brown colored eggs to get different shades of each color. For example, in the Turmeric dye bath, the white egg will turn vibrant yellow and the brown egg will turn a gorgeous orange color.
Make sure to boil your eggs first to get them hard boiled!
Add about a quart of water to a stainless steel pot and bring to a boil. (You may need more or less depending on how many eggs you plan to dye.)
Bring the water to a boil and add your dye matter in. Bring the temp down to low and let simmer on low for about half an hour.
Strain the dye matter out of the pot, and pour the dye bath into whatever container you plan to dye the eggs in. I personally use mason jars because I have tons of them, and its nice to see the all the colors :)
For each dye bath, add 1 Tablespoon of Vinegar to help bind the color to the eggs.
You can let the eggs sit in the dye bath for an hour, to overnight depending on the shades you want.
Possible Color Ideas:
Beets = Pinks
Red Cabbage = Light Blues
Blueberries = Dark Blues
Turmeric = Yellows and Oranges
Red Onion = Reddish/Browns
If you want your eggs to be more vibrant and less pastel, give the eggs multiple soaks in the dye, being sure to dry them between dye baths.
You can also coat your eggs in a vegetable oil to make them fancy and glossy