Natural Egg Dye for Easter

One of my most viewed posts on this Tweetle Dee blog is the natural egg dye post.  You know I love my natural dyes for fabric and thread, but to see the colors on eggs is soo pretty and soo easy, it is a must do for the week of Easter.  I mean, seriously those subtle greys, and greens could only come from nature.  

I wasn't so sure when I started chopping wilted cabbage and peeling onion skins, but it did work and and I love the colors and results.  They are so pretty!  The best part is they really are easy to dye. 

I first started with white eggs from the coop and the store and soft boiled them.  To soft boil, I add the eggs to a pot with cool water.  I heat the water up to boiling and then shut off the heat and cover the pot.  I let the eggs sit in the hot water for 10 minutes and then drain off the hot water and rinse with cool.  

Here is what I used for each color, and again all of these ingredients were what I had on hand.  You can get creative in mixing colors, adding leaves and flowers or all sorts of other things to decorate your eggs.  I wanted mine plain and as bright as possible.

Natural Easter Dyes

Yellow - 1/4 cup Turmeric powder,  4 cups water,  1/2 Teas. vinegar

Green - 1 bunch of fresh spinach (chopped), 4 cups of water, 1/2 Teas. vinegar

Tan - 1 cup instant coffee grounds, 4 cups of water

Purple  - Half a head of red cabbage chopped, 4 cups of water, 1/2 teas vinegar

Blue - 2 cups of frozen blueberries, 4 cups of water, 1/2 teas. vinegar

Orange - skins of 4 yellow onions, 4 cups of water and 1/2 teas vinegar

Red - 4 cups of red onion skins, 4 cups of water and a 1/2 teas of vinegar

In all of these dye baths, I added the ingredients for the color I wanted, heated it to boiling and let it simmer for 30 minutes.  Then I added the vinegar.  Let cool and added the eggs.  The color will vary depending on how ling you leave them in the solution.  I left mine in for five hours.  If I had left them in overnight...the colors would have been more intense.  

I hope this gives you a little encouragement to try dyeing your own eggs naturally.   You will love what you create and so will your littles.  Happy Easter and stay safe while staying home.  xoxo

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