Having celebrated the Spring Equinox just days ago, it only feels fitting to do a post about Spring activities. Today we ushered in Spring by decorating Easter Eggs with Natural, Homemade Easter Egg dye.
This process is a bit more time consuming then the more conventional approach of store bought dyes, but the results are simply beautiful… not to mention you’re staying away from chemicals, synthetics and such. This is a fun and integrated learning experience you can have with your kids and creates some really special treasures.
For colours, we chose to do Red (which really turned out more of a pink), Blue, Green, Red-Orange and Yellow. There’s many different items you can use to make your natural Easter Egg dye, but let’s keep it simple and stick with some basics. Here’s what we did:
~Red (Pink) – Beets: Cut 3 medium beets into chunks, add to 4 cups water and bring to a boil
~Blue – Red Cabbage: Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups water and bring to a boil
~Yellow – Turmeric: Stir 4 Tbsp. turmeric into 2 cups water and bring to a boil
~Red-Orange – Paprika: Stir 4 Tbsp. Paprika into 2 cups water and bring to a boil
~Green – Liquid Chlorophyll: Stir 1/2 cup Liquid Chlorophyll into 3 cups water and bring to a boil
Boil and simmer the above for anywhere between 15 – 45 minutes depending on how dark you would like the dye. I personally boiled our dye for 45 minutes. Remember the shade that will appear on the egg will be much lighter than the dye itself, so I would suggest aiming for a dark, rich dye with a lot of pigment.
Once boiled, strain each coloured mixture into a jar. (you can save the strained off veggies to make homemade vegetable broth later! )
Then add 3 tablespoons of white vinegar to each jar. The white vinegar helps the colour to adhere to the egg.
Let the dye cool.
Once cooled, with a large spoon, add your hard boiled eggs to soak in the dye. (I chose to hardboil our eggs the night before and leave them in the fridge until we were ready to dye them)
For a unique tie-dyed effect, wrap your boiled eggs in elastic bands prior to soaking in the dye.
Egg wrapped in an elastic for a tie dyed effect. Robert tried to reach in for it while I was taking the picture! HA!
Let eggs soak, minimum 45 minutes, up to overnight. The colour will be deeper the longer you leave them.
Remove the eggs from the jars with a large spoon and place to dry.
When the eggs are dry, remove elastic bands (if used) and presto! There you have it – your very own naturally dyed Easter Eggs!! What fun!! And remember, like all boiled eggs, be sure to refrigerate your naturally dyed Easter Eggs if you’re saving them to eat for later 🙂
I hope you love this activity as much as we did! Happy Spring!