I’ve been on a bit of a quest this year to find a more natural option for dyeing Easter eggs. Not just for heath reasons, but I was also looking to create a more ‘rustic’ look, rather than the traditional neon flare. I did not realize how easy it would be, and with things I already had in my kitchen!
We used blueberries (blue), turmeric (yellow), tea (pink), and coffee (brown). I didn’t want to go overboard, because hard-boiled eggs are not exactly a raving favorite around here. Nevertheless, we still had fun taking part in this fun Easter tradition. 🙂
Ways to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs
Here are some different options you can try (I’m sure combinations would be fun as well).
- Blueberries- blue
- Red or purple cabbage- teal
- Tumeric- yellow
- Herbal tea- Pink
- Beets- Pink/Red
- Yellow onion- orange
- Spinach/Parsley- green
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
- Natural food choice (from above list)
- Distilled while vinegar
- Boil the food choice (blueberries, turmeric, etc) in some water.
- Add about a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar.
- Take off the stove. Drain any berries, or extra pulp.
- Submerse the eggs in the natural dye.
Note: The longer you leave the eggs in the dye, the darker the color will be. We wanted pastels, so we only left ours in for about 15 minutes. I’ve read of people soaking them all night.
If you want an extra speckled look, you can take a white starch (like corn or tapioca) and add a tiny bit of water to make it a glue-like consistency. Then take a dry paint brush and flick it onto the eggs.
*Kid friendly tip* Put the egg in a whisk and let the kiddos go to town…ahh…so much cleaner… 😉 🙂
More Spring Activities
Looking for some more fun ideas for the Spring months? Here are some other spring crafts, as well as, book lists, and printable resources to get you started!
- How to Decorate Wooden Easter Eggs
- Picture Books About Gardening
- Spring Prewriting and Shape Activities
- Ten Books to Get Your Started on Nature Study
- Garden Journal and Activities
- Spring Busy Book
- Easy No-Bake Cookie Nests
- 3D Heart Flowers
What are your favorite ways to do Easter eggs?
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