Easter is nearly here! can you believe it?! I've always loved coloring Easter eggs, and even as a 25 year old I can say I was still looking forward to doing it. I'm not a huge fan of the commercial colors in the traditional kid egg-dying kits these days, and decided to search how to make my own dyes in more earth-toned, natural colors!
this was a complete experiment when I started, so I chose a few colors I was shooting for, and had no idea what they would turn out like, aside from the guidance and advice from a few websites I came across. I chose: red, pink, green, brown, yellow, and blue. as you can see, my eggs didn't quite end up exactly those hues, but I am pretty happy with the results anyway.
what you'll need:
- eggs [white works best]
- water [distilled is preferred]
- white vinegar
- large pots
- ingredients for desired dye colors [I chose: beets, spinach + kale, canned cherries + cranberry juice, canned blueberries, turmeric, and strong coffee + black tea]
this method begins with boiling simple, natural ingredients, whether it be spices, veggies, fruits or tea, in water and vinegar to create the dye which will color your eggs. there are two ways to do this:
cold dying-- boil ingredients + water, then cool, add vinegar, then pre-hard boiled eggs and leave in until desired color is reached.
warm dying-- boil ingredients + water, vinegar and raw eggs, and boil until eggs are done, [15 min] then move to fridge and allow eggs to remain in dye until desired color is reached.
I chose to boil my eggs in the dye, because I read this is most effective for getting the more color pay-off, and seemed like a good way to mulit-task [I do love mulit-tasking!]
1. prepare ingredients, chop up veggies or fruit if necessary. I didn't use any measurements, I just figured the more of each ingredient would mean a stronger dye! [you do need to measure the water and vinegar though.]
2. measure water as you add to the pot in cups, it must be enough to cover the eggs! then add 1 tablespoon of vinegar PER cup of water. ie: 4 cups water = 4 tablespoons vinegar.
3. add eggs to the water carefully and turn on heat. do not start your timer until the water is just about at it's boiling point. I boiled mine for 15 minutes.
4. when they're done, remove from heat and allow to cool a bit before transferring them to the refrigerator. be sure they don't stay out of the fridge too long before or after cooking! keep the eggs in the dye as long as you'd like until you reach your desired hue!
as you can see here, I was slightly disappointed with the results of my beet eggs! of all the colors, I assumed this one would be the most impressive!
5. once you are happy with the color, remove eggs from dye and gently rinse eggs with lukewarm water, pat dry, and place in your egg carton or basket! be sure to store in the fridge until you're ready to crack them open.
here are my results! I love the way they turned out, I think these natural hues are beautiful, straight from the earth!
I think turmeric and coffee-tea are my favorite colors! that's not a surprise though, is it? ;)
PLEASE give this 100% natural egg-dying method a try! I am so curious to see what other ingredients/color combos you all can come up with! use our hashtag #feelandflourish on Instagram so we can see your eggs!
x's + o's