Looking for an egg-citing way to add a little color to your Easter egg routine? Kick those egg color kits to the curb, make a quick trip to the produce section, and as quick as a twitch from the Easter Bunny’s tail, you’ll be ready to cook up your own homemade, natural Easter egg dye.
While we will admit that the pre-packaged kits are pretty convenient, this hands-on art project/science experiment is a surefire way to get your children engaged in the egg-dyeing process. You’ll also be rewarded with unique, earthy tones you just can’t get from a box. Add a spritz of olive oil to your newly dyed eggs, and your little works of art will positively shine!
We’ve collected some of the easiest to assemble ingredients below to help you prep your color batches:
Yellow onion skins (Boiled)
Orange/Lemon Peels (Boiled)
Celery Leaves (Boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
Red cabbage (Boiled)
No two batches of naturally dyed Easter eggs are ever the same, and the colors that you get from the ingredients above will vary based on the amount of each ingredient used and how long you let your eggs steep in the resulting dye.
While you can cook your eggs in with your dye batches to save some time, we recommend creating your dyes first, then steeping your eggs (if you plan on being able to eat them after the hunt is over, that is).
Preparing Your Dye
We’ve noted the items above that need to be boiled in order to prepare your dye.
If you plan on using beets, carrots, orange peels, spinach, or berries, you need to plan for having 2-4 cups of the required ingredient. The more of each ingredient you use, the deeper your resulting colors will be.
While you’re working on making your dyes, you can also prep your eggs by having them cook by themselves on an additional burner. We’ve included a handy recipe below for making sure you get perfectly hard-boiled eggs.
Hard-Boiled Eggs (from Southern Living Cookbook)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Once your dyes have been created and your eggs have boiled (and cooled) – you’re ready to paint the town! Experiment with steep times to get different depths of color. For deep, rich tones, you can also soak your eggs in dye overnight (just keep them in the fridge).
Thanks for tuning into to our Easter egg tutorial. Now hop to it!