Coloring Easter eggs with homemade egg dye means Easter eggs that reflect a much more natural hue, and can be done using common kitchen ingredients. The only downside? Homemade egg dye means a longer soak for the eggs–two to three hours–but all-natural beauty like this is well worth the wait. Use the decorated eggs in your Easter decor or in an Easter eggs bread recipe like Italian Easter Bread or Greek Easter Bread.
Coloring Easter Eggs with Homemade Egg Dye
Hard-boiled white eggs in their shells
Beets, ground coffee, red cabbage, ground turmeric
Knife, pots, strainer, bowls (metal, ceramic, or plastic)
Notes: Save the egg carton (you’ll use it for drying the dyed eggs). And when you transfer your dyes into bowls, don’t use your good dishes or kitchenware, as the colors may stain.
HOW TO DYE NATURAL EASTER EGGS
Soak in the homemade egg dye (see recipes below) until eggshells reach the desired shade, two to three hours; the longer you soak them, the deeper and richer the color will be. Using a spoon, set the eggs into their carton(s), and let them dry thoroughly.
Homemade Egg Dye Recipes
EGG DYE BASE
Combine 4 cups water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt.
NATURAL RED DYE
Roughly chop 2 beets, and combine with the base. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Strain into a bowl and reserve the liquid for dyeing. Let cool.
NATURAL BROWN DYE
Combine 4 tablespoons of ground coffee with the base and stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Strain into a bowl and reserve the liquid for dyeing. Let cool.
NATURAL BLUE DYE
Shred half of a large red cabbage and combine with the base. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. Strain into a bowl and reserve the liquid for dyeing. Let cool.
NATURAL YELLOW DYE
Combine 5 tablespoons of ground turmeric with the base and stir well. Simmer just until the turmeric dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour into a bowl and reserve the liquid for dyeing. Let cool.
Not done decorating? We love this easy String Easter Eggs craft for a fun and colorful way to add Easter cheer in every room of the house.
Are you a fan of coloring Easter eggs? Let us know how you do it!
This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated.
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