How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs
Simply add the dye materials to the water you boil the eggs in. No extra mess or risk of dyeing your clothes. And kids will have fun collecting the materials!
1. Place uncooked white eggs carefully in the bottom of a pot.
2. Add one cup of water at a time until the water covers the tops of the eggs.
3. Add at least 1/2 c of dye material and 2 tsp of white vinegar per cup of water.
4. Bring the water to a boil.
5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Tip: for deeper colors, let the eggs sit in the dye water overnight in the refrigerator.
Natural Color Dyes
Yellow - Carrot, Ground Cumin or Turmeric, Orange or Lemon Peels
Pink - Canned Beets with Juice, Cranberry Juice, Mashed Raspberries
Orange - Carrots, Chili Powder, Paprika, Yellow Onion Skins
Red - Mashed Cherries or Strawberries, Pomegranate Juice, Red Onion Skins
Green - Grass Cuttings, Spinach Leaves
Purple - Grape Juice, Red Wine, Mashed Blackberries
Blue - Mashed Blueberries, Red Cabbage Leaves
Brown - Coffee, Tea
Tip: kids love to mash things! This is also very messy. Turn a dark shirt inside out for them to wear to protect their clothes. Add just enough water with a squeeze of lemon juice to the fruit they are mashing to make their dyes.
Easter Morning Breakfast Idea - check your local farmer's market for speckled or colored eggs. Not all chickens lay white or brown eggs. Some breeds lay blue, green, speckled, or pink eggs! They taste the same as regular brown or white eggs, but add colorful fun to cooking breakfast.