Why to Use Natural Dyes
Most of us know that synthetic dyes may be harmful if ingested in large quantities. They may cause a myriad of negative side-effects, ranging from ADHD to tumors. 1,2,3 You may even know that food dyes that the FDA deems safe and allowable in food in the US, is illegal in many other countries.
The good news is that our planet is full of natural beauty. Artificial dyes were inspired by colors that actually exist in nature. Which leads me to a question: why would you buy the cheap knock off brand, when the authentic version is better, affordable and accessible (and doesn’t cause hyperactivity in children)?
The bonus to making homemade easter egg dye is getting children involved. They get to learn where natural dyes come from, while appreciating the natural beauty our earth provides.
How to Make Homemade Easter Egg Dye
Start by boiling eggs until they’re cooked through, which generally takes about 12-15 minutes from when the water starts to boil. Allow them to cool.
The basic process for creating the natural dye is to boil 2 cups of water with the spice, herb, fruit or vegetable of choice, for around 5 – 10 minutes, then remove from heat. This isn’t an exact science… just watch the color of the water and use your best judgement.
Strain the solids and transfer the dyed water to a mason jar. Once the water is cooled, place eggs into the mason jars and let them hang out in the homemade easter dgg dye for 1 – 4 hours. For lighter colors, go closer to one hour, for darker colors, keep them in the dye for closer to 4.
Here are some colors you can choose from. But don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to just these! If you have something in your refrigerator or pantry that you think would make a beautiful or unique color, give it a try. Just make sure it’s edible and safe for ingestion.
How to Make Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
|Purple||Blossoms from a Violet Plant|
Red Onion Skins
Red Wine (Note: this doesn’t need to be diluted or boiled. Just stick the boiled eggs right in the wine)
Red Cabbage Leaves
|Brown||Strong Coffee (Brewed, not boiled)|
|Yellow||Orange or lemon peels|
|Orange||Yellow onion skins|
Raspberries (keep them in for longer)
That is how you make homemade Easter egg dye! I hope you’ll skip the commercial version and appreciate the beauty of nature instead. There is nothing that compares to the vibrant, beautiful colors you can achieve with natural dyes!
Looking for other fun Easter Ideas? Check these out!
Radish Butter Spread
My friend, Cynthia, at Feeding Big is sharing this gorgeous recipe for her Radish Butter Spread. It looks like a perfectly unique dish to brighten up the Easter dinner table!
Upcycled Laundry Scoop Craft
My friend Susan, at Organized31, is sharing this fun upcycle craft that can be created from a used laundry scoop. Grab the tutorial for her laundry scoop crafts!