Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With these 12 Alternatives

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With these 12 Alternatives

People have been dyeing eggs since the medieval times when they celebrated spring and Easter or Passover. I know when I was growing up the way to dye eggs was usually get a box of colored discs from the grocery store and mix with water and vinegar.

But did you know you can make some beautiful dyes with what you have in your kitchen right now? Martha Stewart has some great recipes and suggestions, see some excerpts below and visit her site for more info on exactly how to make and use these dyes.

Dye Recipes

Select a dyeing agent, and place it in the pot using the amount listed below. Add 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar to pot; if more water is necessary to cover ingredients, proportionally increase the amount of vinegar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl.

  • Red-cabbage dye: 4 cups chopped cabbage
  • Turmeric dye: 3 tablespoons turmeric
  • Onion-skin dye: 4 cups onion skins (skins of about 12 onions)
  • Beet dye: 4 cups chopped beets
  • Coffee dye: 1 quart strong black coffee (instead of water) Cold-Dipping Method

Color Glossary

Natural dyes can sometimes produce unexpected results, so don’t be surprised if, for example, your red-cabbage dye yields blue eggs. Use the following guide to help you achieve the colors you desire.

  1. Deep Gold: Boil eggs in turmeric solution, 30 minutes.
  2. Sienna: Boil eggs in onion-skin solution, 30 minutes.
  3. Dark, Rich Brown: Boil eggs in black coffee, 30 minutes.
  4. Pale Yellow: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes.
  5. Orange: Soak eggs in room-temperature onion-skin solution, 30 minutes.
  6. Light Brown: Soak eggs in room-temperature black coffee, 30 minutes.
  7. Light Pink: Soak eggs in room-temperature beet solution, 30 minutes.
  8. Light Blue: Soak eggs in room-temperature cabbage solution, 30 minutes.
  9. Royal Blue: Soak eggs in room-temperature cabbage solution overnight.
  10. Lavender: Soak eggs in room-temperature beet solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 30 seconds. (also try with blueberries)
  11. Chartreuse: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 5 seconds.
  12. Salmon: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature onion-skin solution, 30 minutes.

Resources:

Martha Stewart on Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally

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