Natural Easter egg dyes are incredibly easy to make. However, when it comes to dyeing eggs, we often buy pre-colored eggs or artificial dyes from the supermarket out of convenience. There’s no need – here’s how to make your own Easter egg dyes from scratch.
Natural Egg Dyes: Simple and Sustainable
Color your Easter eggs with all-natural ingredients – it’s fun and incredibly easy! Reduce your exposure to unhealthy food coloring and use organic vegetables, spices and herbs to dye your eggs the natural way.
There’s no need for synthetic dyes to dye beautiful Easter eggs – beets, turmeric, and other natural ingredients you’ll probably already have at home work just as great. Plus, natural egg dyes help you avoid plastic packaging from pre-colored eggs and store-bought dyes found at the supermarket. Why not give this sustainable alternative a try this year?
Making natural dyes yourself from home ingredients is simple – Utopia will show you just how easy and effective this natural egg dyeing method is.
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Natural Easter Egg Dyeing: Prep
The best option is an old enamel-coated pot that you’re willing to spare for the purpose of dyeing Easter eggs. Some of the natural egg dyes are so strong they cannot be entirely removed from your cookware afterwards, and stainless steel can react with certain dyes and change the color. You’ve been warned!
Before you get off to work, be sure to carefully wash your eggs with a sponge or cloth before dyeing in order to remove any dirt and prevent uneven coloration. In order to avoid leaving fingerprints on your colored eggs, use a spoon to move the eggs prior to and during dyeing process.
Creating Dyes from Organic Materials
For your natural Easter egg dye, you can use foods like beetroot, turmeric, birch leaves, spinach, blueberries and onion leaves.
Prepare each natural egg dye color according to instructions found in our gallery Dyeing Easter Eggs.
Tip: We recommend adding a spoonful of vinegar to the concoction before adding the eggs – this will help them absorb the colors better.
Coloring and Cooking Your Easter Eggs
Boil your Easter eggs for ten minutes in the colored water. In order to achieve an even dye all across the egg, pour your natural egg dye mixture through a sieve in order to remove any remnants before adding the eggs. However, if you leave the organic material in the water, these can also create unique patterns on the eggshells. It’s up to you!
Stir the eggs every few minutes or so with a spoon so that all parts of the egg dye evenly. If you’d like to intensify the color, simply leave the eggs to cool in the dye water bath.
Adding patterns to your Easter Eggs
Pat the colored eggs dry with a clean dish towel (an old one that is allowed to get dye on it) or paper towel. If you like, you can now use a cotton swab dipped in vinegar or concentrated lemon juice to draw designs on the eggs: everywhere you apply the swab, you’ll erase the color.
Let Your Easter Eggs Shine
When you’re finished, rub a couple of drops of vegetable oil into the shell for shine. And voila! You’ve dyed your Easter eggs totally organically!
Beware: the artificial dyes that are often used to dye Easter eggs are food colorings, additives often found in the ingredients list of candies or sugared breakfast cereals. Through the dyeing process, they often leech into the egg and are consumed along with it. Some synthetic food colorings are suspected of triggering asthma and allergic reactions, among other things. Homemade or natural egg dyes (see our photo gallery) are clearly a better choice.
Remember: When buying eggs for dyeing, please purchase organic eggs. Prepared plant-based dyes are also available at your local organic grocery for coloring Easter eggs. These natural Easter egg dyes are just as simple to use as their synthetic cousins, without the health concerns.
Magically Create Patterned Eggs
Take your organic Easter egg dyeing to the next level: Use leaves to create beautiful patterns on your eggs.
To start, wash and dry your raw eggs. Then carefully wet some clover or another small plant leaf on the leaf’s front, lay the wet side onto the egg, and carefully press it into place so that it sticks well.
Knot one end of a 4-inch nylon stocking, then carefully slide the stocking over the egg. Hold the leaf in place with one finger so that it does not move inadvertently. Stretch the stocking tight, smooth it out, and knot the second end shut tightly around the egg.
Place the egg in the water containing your natural Easter egg dye and boil it until hard (10 minutes). Once it’s cooked, remove the egg from the liquid and blow dry it on the side with the leaf.
Finally, remove the egg from the stocking and peel off the leaf – and voila! Your very own organically patterned Easter egg!
This article was translated from German to English. You can view the original here: Ostereier färben: So geht’s mit Naturmaterial** Links to retailers are partially affiliate links: If you buy here, you actively support Utopia.org because we get a small portion of the proceeds.
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