Posts Tagged ‘dyes’

naturally dyed eggs

skip the store bought egg dying kit this year and create some beautifully hued eggs with some of the most unsuspecting items you have inside and outside of your home

1) wash your hard boiled eggs in warm water and let cool
2) by using the ingredient for your color choice (coloring info below), there’s really no exact science to how much of each item to use – a couple of handfuls of the bigger ones, a tablespoon or two of the spices – but when the ingredient calls for ‘boiled’, it def has to be boiled so the color can be properly extracted
3) to ‘boil’ an ingredient, put it in a saucepan with enough water to cover it, let it come to a boil, then turn it down to a simmer for 30 minutes or until the color you’re looking for starts to form
4) pour the liquid through a fine strainer into a bowl, jar or mug that is deep enough to put your egg into. for ingredients that don’t need to be boiled to extract their color, add boiling water to your bowl/jar/mug then add enough of the ingredient until the color you want appears
5) very important step – add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid, this helps the color stick to the eggshell
6) use a slotted spoon or tongs to put the eggs into the hot liquid and check on them until your desired color is achieved
7) let your works of art dry then place them in the fridge if you plan on eating them

how simple is that?!

you just need one of the items to make these colors, but more can be added for further fun-ness

a small amount of purple grape juice
violet flowers + 2 tsp. lemon juice
red zinger tea bags

violet flowers – no lemon juice
red onion skins – boiled
red wine
hibiscus tea
red cabbage plus 1/4 tsp alum – boiled

canned blueberries
a large amount of purple grape juice
red cabbage leaves – boiled

spinach leaves – boiled
fresh basil – boiled

yellow delicious apple peels – boiled
fresh parsley – boiled

chamomile tea
orange or lemon peels – boiled
celery seeds – boiled
ground cumin – boiled
ground turmeric – boiled
green tea
carrot tops – boiled
daffodil heads – boiled
dandelion heads – boiled

dill seeds

strong or instant coffee
black walnut shells – boiled
black tea

yellow onion skins – boiled
carrots – boiled
chili powder

red grape juice
fresh cranberries
cranberry juice
red cabbage – boiled
beet juice

lots of red onion skins – boiled
canned cherries with the juice
pomegranate juice