With Easter Sunday quickly approaching, some of us may be scrambling to get those Easter eggs dyed and colored; a great project for kiddies and adults alike. But you don’t need to run out to the store searching for a dye kit or artificial food coloring to make your eggs special. You can create just about any color you want using fruits, vegetables, and spices! So, get digging around your cabinets for those spices you thought you’d use at some point but never did!
Prep Your EggsEggs come in many shades and colors, but for bright and clear colors when dyeing we recommend using white eggs.
- Cover eggs in a saucepan with water: fill the saucepan about a quarter of the way with water. Place eggs on the bottom of the pan and add more water so that the eggs are covered by at least an inch or two.
- Heat the pot up on high heat and bring water to a rolling boil.
- Turn off the heat and keep the pan covered on the hot burner. Let sit for 10-12 minutes.
- Strain the water from the pan and run cool water over the eggs to stop them from overcooking or place them in a large bowl of ice water.
Prep Your DyeMost natural dyes will take longer to work than synthetic dyes, sometimes even overnight! Here’s a list of some great foods and spices with the resulting color to get you started. Yellow onion skins = yellow to dark orange Turmeric or cumin = bright yellow Red beets = pink to red Red onion skins = pale purple to red Red cabbage = blue Spinach = green Purple grape juice (use as is) = lavender Coffee (use as is) = tan to brown Chili powder = orange Raspberries or blackberries = pink to purple Yellow or green apple peels = yellow-green
- Take 4 cups of chopped or mashed fruits and veggies or 4 tablespoons of spice and boil in 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.
- Simmer about 30 minutes.
- Strain the remaining bits of fruit and veggies. The remaining liquid is your dye.
- Soak hard boiled eggs in dye overnight.