4.22.2011

Natural Egg Dyeing

I thought it might be cool to try using natural methods to dye Easter Eggs.  I thought, how hard could it be?   I didn't realize it was a little more work than the store bought method.

If you would like to try it this way, here is what you can use for your dyes:


Blue

Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
 
Brown or Beige

Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea
 
Brown Gold

Dill Seeds
 
Brown Orange

Chili Powder
 

Gold
 
Turmeric
Green

Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
 
Greenish Yellow

Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
 
Grey

Purple or red grape juice or beet juice
 
Lavender

Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea
 
Orange

Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Carrots
Paprika
 
Pink

Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
 
Red

Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Pomegranate juice
Canned Cherries (with syrup)
Raspberries
 
Violet or Purple

Violet Blossoms
Hibiscus tea
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Red Wine
 
Yellow

Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Celery Seed (boiled)
Green tea
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffron

The Method is a little different also for dyeing them, here's how you do it.



  • Wash hard-boiled eggs in warm soapy water to remove any oily residue that may impede the color from adhering to the eggs. Let eggs cool before attempting to dye.
  • You need to use your own judgment about exactly how much of each dye stuff to use. Except for spices, place a handful (or two or three handfuls)in pot.
  • Add tap water to come at least one inch above the dye stuff.  NOTE: This will be about 1 cup of water for each handful of dyestuff. 
  • Bring the water just to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Let simmer about 15 minutes or up to an hour until you like the color obtained. Keep in mind that dyed eggs will not get as dark as the color in the pan. Remove the pan from the heat.  
  • Pour mixture into a liquid measuring cup. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar for each cup of strained dye liquid. Pour the mixture into a bowl or jar that is deep enough to completely cover the eggs you want to dye. 
  • Use a slotted spoon  to lower the eggs into the hot liquid. Leave the eggs in the water until you like the color. NOTE: Allow the egg to sit in the tea for several hours or overnight. The longer the egg soaks, the deeper the final color will be. If you plan to eat the eggs be sure to do this step in the refrigerator. 
  • When eggs are dyed to the color you desire, lift the eggs out with the slotted spoon. Let them dry on a rack or drainer. NOTE: An egg carton works nicely as a drying rack. Be careful to handle the eggs gently and minimally as some of the colors can easily be rubbed off before the egg has dried. 
  • For a textured look, dab the still wet egg with a sponge.
  • Eggs colored with natural dyes have a dull finish and are not glossy. After they are dry, you can rub the eggs with cooking oil or mineral oil to give them a soft sheen.
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I hope you enjoy and maybe try it someday!  Have a Fabulous Friday Friends!

3 comments:

Katherines Corner said...

What a fun post! Hugs and Happy Good Friday and Happy Easter too. I hope you'll stop by Katherines corner for a visit. I have a wonderful giveaway going on too.

Mama "B" said...

Wow what great ideas. Wish we would have tried some of those long ago.

Slidecutter said...

I've actually dyed eggs using various teas and the results were terrific. As you said, rubbing them with a bit of Olive or other oil brings a pretty shine.

Great idea and perfect project to do with the kids!

Have a lovely Easter!
Patty