All-Natural Easter Egg Dye:
This was a lot of fun for me! However, I will say that this is more of a fun and different way to dye eggs for older kids or a family wanting to try something new this year. It required a bit of patience, so little ones probably wouldn’t enjoy this project.
This actually stems from an article I found on Better Homes & Gardens! There are several more recipe’s on their sites for tons of colors, but I’m going to share with you the 6 colors I tried and how I tweaked them a little bit.
*For the dying process, I hard boiled my eggs a day in advance and used regular size Mason jars to dye them in. Each jar held 3 eggs perfectly. I let all of my eggs sit in the dye in the refrigerator over night to get the best results.
Red Onion - Orange
This one is my favorite color! And it actually turned out so much different than I was expecting. On
BHG website, this color is actually called Jade Green,
so I don’t know if I did something wrong, but I don’t mind! Burnt orange is just as pretty.
(Recipe for this color calls for peeling the skin of 3 red onions and then simmering it in cups of water for 5 minutes then add 3 tsp. white vinegar. let sit to room temperature before adding the eggs.)
Chamomile Tea - Yellow
This one honestly turned out just as i would have expected. It was pretty much the same color as the tea water, a nice yellow-y green! There are many different variations of yellow you can try,
I tweaked this one a little
because I needed a little more water in mine.
(Recipe calls for 6 bags of chamomile or green tea steamed in 2 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes.)
Beet Juice - Pink
This one totally freaked me out in the jar! By morning it looked like it had actually taken the peel off, it was so strange. I accidentally added too much vinegar so that could have been why.
It did’t take the peel off so that’s good, and it actually turned
out such a pretty gold/tan with a hint of pink! I love how they are speckled, it makes them look so naturally beautiful.
(Recipe calls for 1 cup of canned beet juice and 1 Tbsp white vinegar)
Blueberries - Lighter Blue
This one probably dyed the eggs the best out of all the colors. It didn’t really splotch or patch as much as some of the others did while gaining the most color! And this blue is so pretty.
(Recipe calls for 1 cup of frozen blueberries in 1 cup of water, let sit to room temp and then remove blueberries)
Paprika - Faint Red-Orange
This color turned out so natural looking at actually looks like a brown farm-fresh egg!
(Recipe says stir in 2 Tbsp. Paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add tsp white vinegar)
Grape Juice - Lavender
These turned out much more dark blue than lavendar! I also shouldn’t have used my daughters grape juice because i think the sugars crystalized on the egg shells which made them spotty the way you see! However, I actually love the way they look! all of these were such a surprise and they look so pretty together.
(Recipe calls for 1 cup of grape juice with 1 Tbsp. white vinegar)
All in all, this way was much more fun to me than regular egg dye, and I would love to do this every year and experiment with
all the colors and shades.
I’m most excited to try the color you make with cabbage!
If you try any of these dyes, I would love to see your finished product! Be sure to tag me on Instagram or comment here! @pacificnorthjess_