In case you’re like me and tend to wait for the last minute to do things, I thought I’d share the process and results of yesterday’s Easter egg dyeing experiments. Using natural dyes to create beautiful Easter eggs is simple, quick, and can be done with ingredients already on hand! That’s right – don’t rush off to the store. Just open your fridge, your compost bucket, or your pantry and pull out a few ingredients. Here are some suggestions:
- Red wine (a cup for the dye, a cup for you!) – LAVENDER-BLUE
- Red onion skins – BROWNISH
- Yellow onion skins – TAN
- Red cabbage – BLUE
- Beets – PINK (although mine tend to turn more brown-purple after exposure to air)
- Turmeric – YELLOW
You will also need white vinegar, boiling water, and a few mason jars.
1. Place dye ingredients into a mason jar. You will need 1-2 large handfuls of onion skins or red cabbage, approximately 2 tbsp of turmeric, or 1 cup of beets. Cover with boiling water.
2. Add 2 tbsp of white vinegar and gently place your hard boiled egg in the jar. I used white eggs, but you can use brown eggs. The colors will just be slightly different (for instant, the yellow onion skins will create a more reddish tone).
* Many people suggest straining the plant materials before adding the egg. This is certainly a fine thing to do. I just like the mottled effect that results when the egg comes into contact with the plant matter.
3. Occasionally check on the egg, and pull it out when it is the color you desire!
You can create neat effects by wrapping the eggs in a rubber band prior to dyeing, as seen in the photo above.
Check out Pinterest for more inspiration, and have fun!