When most people think of Easter egg dying, they think about buying an Easter egg dying kit or going to the store and buying food coloring. However, there are simple ways to make natural Easter egg dyes out foods, beverages and spices you have around the house. The following is a look at a few of the things you probably have in your cupboards, or could easily get at your local supermarket, that make great natural Easter egg dyes that are both safe and easy to use.
Teas: A wide variety of teas can be used to dye Easter eggs. You can steep them and then let the egg sit in them overnight. If you add a teaspoon of vinegar to the tea, the dye will last longer and look better.
- For lavender Easter egg dye choose Hibiscus tea.
- For yellow Easter egg dye choose Chamomile tea or Green tea.
- For brown Easter egg dye choose Black tea.
Fruits: Fruits have naturally vibrant colors and those colors make great dyes. Just like they can stain your clothes, they can also stain your Easter eggs.
- For red Easter egg dye use canned cherries with juice, pomegranate juice or raspberries.
- For lavender Easter egg dye use a small quantity of purple grape juice.
- For yellow Easter egg dye use yellow delicious apple peels, or orange or lemon peels. Note: You have to boil them to extract the color.
- For pink Easter egg dye use cranberries or their juice, raspberries or red grape juice.
- For blue Easter egg dye use canned blueberries or purple grape juice.
Spices: Spices are designed to add flavor to your foods. They are also an excellent source of color for your Easter eggs.
- For yellow Easter egg dye choose ground cumin or ground turmeric. Note: You have to boil them to extract the color.
- For orange Easter egg dye choose chili powder or paprika.
- For brown Easter egg dye choose dill seed.
Vegetables: Vegetables also make a good natural Easter egg dye as they are rich in color; most people keep some on hand.
- For red Easter egg dye you’ll need lots of red onion skin. Note: You will need to boil it to extract the color.
- For lavender Easter egg dye you’ll need a smaller about of red onion skin, again boiled to extract the color.
- For yellow Easter egg dye you’ll need carrot tops or celery seed. Note: You will need to boil them to extract the color.
- For blue Easter egg dye you’ll need boiled red cabbage leaves or green spinach leaves.
- For orange Easter egg dye you’ll need boiled yellow onion skin, or cooked carrots.
- For pink Easter egg dye you’ll need beets or the juice from pickled beets.
To use these, boil the eggs to hard-boil them with the natural dye in the water and let sit in it overnight to enhance color.