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Dying Easter Eggs the Eco-Friendly Way

This is honestly the first year I thought about dying Easter eggs in a long time. My babies are still too small to do it, but I began thinking about what we can use to do the eggs for them. The store bought stuff has an ingredient list that is a bit scary. I remembered a silly gender prediction at-home test I did with cooking cabbage and I recalled how the water was a purplish color and thought that could be my answer! Come to find out there are lots of foods that can be used for dying Easter eggs naturally!


Here is a list of what you’ll need:

  • Eggs (we use organic eggs)
  • Foods for dying (see color list below)
  • Water
  • White Vinegar
  • A piece of cardboard with holes cut into it for drying eggs 
Add water to the dye ingredients (from the color list below) until it just covers them in the pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 30 minutes (or longer for deeper colors) and then remove from heat and cool. Once cooled, pour into a bowl and add 2-3 tbsp of white vinegar before placing the eggs into the bowl. Let the eggs sit in the bowl for at least 30 minutes (longer for deeper colors, shorter for light colors). Remove eggs and pat dry then place in the cardboard rack to dry. Simple enough? 🙂 
Extra Decorating Tips
You can put various sized rubber bands around the eggs for stripes. You can dab the wet, dyed egg with a sponge for a textured look. You can also put a leaf or any shaped object around the egg and secure it with pantyhose before putting in the water for a decorated look. Remember, eggs that are colored with natural coloring will have a dull look. Once they dry you can rub the eggs with cooking oil for a shiny look! 
Here are a list of color and the foods to use to get these colors:
  • Green – use spinach
  • Purple – violet blossoms and 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Brown – Strong black coffee or tea 
  • Blue – Blueberries or purple grape juice 
  • Yellow – Lemon or orange peels
  • Orange – Yellow onion skins or paprika
  • Pink/Red – Beets, red onion skins or raspberries 
Sounds easy enough and super fun, doesn’t it? Happy Coloring!! 

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Comments

  1. trooppetrie says:

    following you from super sunday. So excited to have found your blog

  2. I didn’t realize you could use regular foods to dye eggs! I want to try this next Easter.

    Found you from the Super Stalker Sunday! 🙂

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