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Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 | 1 comment

Lessons Learned: Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

Lessons Learned: Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

For the past two years, the boys and I have colored our Easter eggs with natural dyes. It was part science experience, part curiosity, and we received various results. Would it have been easier to just get a kit from local drugstore, sure, but then our house wouldn’t have the smell of dill and cabbage wafting for days.

Last year I made dye with turmeric and blueberries and followed the normal course of soaking the eggs for a few minutes. It worked pretty well — we got some nice looking eggs, but stained dish towels.

Easter egg dye made from blueberries

Hoping to get some new colors this year, I found this site’s tutorial and thought it looked interesting. The basic directions are to boil the eggs in the dye mixture and then let them soak for up to 20 hours.

Since turmeric was a success last year, again I made a mix of turmeric, water and vinegar.

boiling eggs in turmeric

Then I tried a mixture with red cabbage, water, and white vinegar.

boiling eggs in cabbage

On the back burner, I started cooking some blueberries until they released their juices, then added water and vinegar, and eggs.

boiling eggs

After about 10 minutes of boiling, I transferred the eggs and their liquids to these jars. The house reeked of cabbage. Fortunately, we had dinner plans at a friend’s house, so I left the eggs to soak on the counter. Also, not pictured, I made a mix with dill, red onion skins, water and vinegar, hoping to get a green color.

eggs in natural dyes

Six hours later I took the eggs out of the mix to check their coloring. I didn’t have the full 20 hours to let them soak, because, well, it was time for bed and we had to leave the eggs out for the Easter Bunny.

The turmeric eggs were a nice golden yellow, but they were coated in turmeric so I rinsed them in water and let them dry. The blueberry eggs were a deep blue, and the cabbage eggs were a light robin’s egg blue. Sadly, the dill eggs didn’t turn green (probably because I used dill weed and not dill seed), instead they looked like brown eggs you’d get at the store.

Overall, we were pleased with the results and maybe next year we’ll try to get a little red or pink into the mix.

natural dye for eggs

1 Comment

  1. Wrap eggs in layers and layers of regular onion skins secured with string
    and simmer 1/2 hour. Unwrap – should be mosaic-like design.

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