Easter is around the corner and my kids love all the activities that go along with the holiday. Dying the Easter eggs is one of their favorite traditions. As a mom, I don’t love the store bought dyes that go along with this well loved ritual! I try to feed my kids a healthy and organic diet. And dyes containing harmful chemicals don’t go along with this philosophy.
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So, this year I set out to change our tradition. I decided to try my hand at natural easter egg dye by using fruit and vegetables. After all, some of the most beautiful colors are found within all the wonderful fruits and vegetables that are at our fingertips!
I tested out various vegetables, fruits and drinks for this project. From frozen cherries to teas, it proved to be a fun experiment that my kids enjoyed as much as our usual egg dyeing activity!
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Questions you may have about how to dye easter eggs naturally
Can you dye brown eggs naturally?
Yes! brown eggs can be dyed too. The colors will not be as bright, but the eggs will have a beautiful earthy tone to them. Maybe try half of each, white and brown and see which you like best!
How Do you Dye a beautiful egg Naturally?
Since you are working with natural pigments found in nature, the color is not going to look like it came out of paint can. But, the key to dying a beautiful egg naturally is to let it sit in the dye for longer. The longer it sits, the more saturated the color will be! For the brown tea dye, I let the egg sit in the color for a few days to get a darker, richer color.
Does Apple Cider Vinegar work for dying eggs?
The answer is yes! Apple Cider Vinegar contains the same acidity necessary for dying eggs so it works perfectly! Due to the color of the ACV, it may change the color of the dye but that could work to your advantage with these natural easter egg dyes.
Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes
Here are our favorite ingredients to make your egg dye. The longer you let your hard boiled eggs sit in the natural dye, the richer the colors will be. You can place the jars with your eggs in the refrigerator overnight and see what colors you wake up to the next morning!
For each mixture, add 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar.
Use 1 cup of beet juice (from a can of beets)
Use 1 cup of frozen blueberries. Add 1 cup of water and let sit for 2 hours. Strain the liquid and add vinegar and pour into jar.
Or use 1 cup of concord grape juice.
Add 4-5 black variety tea bags to boiling water. Once cool, remove the tea bags and mix with vinegar.
Add 2 tablespoons of ground tumeric to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir to dissolve. This creates a beautiful natural easter egg dye.
Combine 1 cup of carrot juice with vinegar.
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Combine 1 cup of fresh spinach juice with vinegar.
So, try out these natural easter egg dyes and let me know how it goes! I think next year we may try these same recipes but make some designs using leaves and flowers and an old stocking!