How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally Using Fruits and Vegetables
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. And in case you missed my Easter Table check it out by clicking here!
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. So this year I set out to change our tradition. I decided to seek to nature for our dyes. 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!
A Rainbow of Colors
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!
Use 1 cup of beet juice (from a can of beets). Add 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar.
Use 1 cup of frozen blueberries. Add 1 cup of water and let sit for 2 hours. Strain the liquid and 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar and pour into a jar.
Or add 1 cup of concord grape juice to 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar.
Add 4-5 black variety tea bags to boiling water. Once cool, remove the tea bags and add 2 tablespoons of distilled vinegar.
Add 2 tablespoons of ground tumeric to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Once the liquid has cooled, add 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar.
Combine 1 cup of carrot juice with 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar.
Combine 1 cup of fresh spinach juice with 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar.
I think next year we may try these same recipes but make some designs using leaves and flowers and an old stocking!