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How to Decorate Easter Eggs With Natural Dyes

by Linda

Did you know you can produce Easter eggs in lots of colours using common ingredients that can be found in your kitchen?

Fill a saucepan with enough warm water to cover a single layer of eggs. Add a spoonful or two of vinegar if you have some. If not, don't worry about it. Add one or more of the ingredients listed below (staying within the same colour group). The more eggs you have, the more of your chosen ingredient(s) you should have. Also, the darker the colour you're after, the longer you should leave them in the dye bath.

Add the eggs. Put the pot on the stove and slowly bring to a boil. Boil for at least 20 minutes to make sure they're nice and hard (these are not to be eaten).

Remove from heat but don't drain the liquid just yet! Use a slotted spoon to lift one of the eggs from the water to see if it's the colour you want. Remember, colour often looks lighter after it dries. If you want the deepest colour possible, let them soak in the solution for a few hours or even overnight. When it's the colour you want, drain the liquid from the pot and let the eggs dry thoroughly before adding any additional decoration or displaying them.

Lavender to Purple
Grape juice, a small amount of red onion skins
Blueberries, shredded red cabbage
Pink to Red
Beets or juice from pickled beets, cranberry juice (with or without cranberries), strawberries, raspberries, red onion skins
Yellow to Orange
Yellow onion skins, peelings from citrus fruit, carrot tops, cumin or tumeric (about 1 tsp per cup of water)
Gold to Green
Peelings from golden or yellow apples
Pale green
Spinach leaves
Beige to Brown
Strong coffee, instant coffee crystals
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