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Easter Craft: Making Natural Egg Dyes

Natural Egg Dyes

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

First, hard-boil your white eggs. Second, allow them to cool. Third, follow the simple formulas below. Tip: If you're going to make the basket too, save the egg dyes - they may be used over and over.

Materials

  • Hard-boiled white eggs
  • Large boiling pan
  • Strainer
  • White vinegar
  • Bowls for dyes
  • Canned beets
  • Grape juice (purple)
  • Yellow onion skins (the papery part)
  • Red cabbage
  • Turmeric
  • Cellulose egg cartons to hold drying eggs (Styrofoam makes the dyes puddle too much)

Instructions

Natural Egg Dyes - Step 1

1. Cold Dyes - Pink:

Mix 1 cup strained juice from canned beets,

½ teaspoon vinegar, and 3 cups water.

Soak cooled eggs in the dye for ½ hour.

Natural Egg Dyes - Step 2

2. Purple:

Mix 1 cup purple grape juice, ½ teaspoon

vinegar, and 3 cups water. Soak

cooled eggs in the dye for ½ hour.

Natural Egg Dyes - Step 3

3. Boiled Dyes - Orange:

In a pot, mix 1 cup yellow onion skin (about 2 onions' worth), packed loosely, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 3 cups water.

Boil mixture for ½ hour, cool to room temperature, strain out the onion skins, then add cooled eggs and soak them in the dye for ½ hour.

Natural Egg Dyes - Step 4

4. Light Blue:

In a pot, mix 1 cup red cabbage leaves, torn and loosely packed, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 3 cups water.

Boil mixture for ½ hour, cool to room temperature, strain out the cabbage leaves, then add cooled eggs and soak them in

the dye for ½ hour.

Natural Egg Dyes - Step 5

5. Yellow:

In a pot, mix 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 3 cups water.

Boil mixture for ½ hour, cool to room temperature, strain out stray turmeric grains, then add cooled eggs and soak them in the dye for ½ hour.