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How to Make Your Own Natural easter Egg Dyes

03/31/2018 06:00AM | 6201 views





You know what that means: You can finally be the mad scientist you've always wanted to be.

If you're into the rustic, farmhouse look (Joanna Gaines, we're looking at you!), these eggs will look perfect in your Easter centerpiece or scattered around your yard. Keep in mind that you can amp up the color and vibrancy of the eggs by creating more concentrated dye or letting the eggs soak longer.


What you'll need:

For all eggs: The general procedure for all the dyes is the same, except for the silver color. Combine 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a medium pot. Bring that to a boil, add your dye ingredients, lower the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Let the dye cool and strain it before adding your eggs.

For yellow: Add 3 tablespoons turmeric to the boiling water. Be careful: Turmeric is notorious for staining your skin so you might want to put your rubber gloves to use!

For pink: Add 4 cups of chopped beets. Don't worry if your eggs look more brown than pink at first. After drying, these eggs will be a pretty, pastel shade.

For blue: Add 3 cups chopped red or purple cabbage. To get a robin's egg blue, let the eggs soak for 30 minutes. If you want a deeper hue, leave the eggs to soak overnight in the fridge.

For orange: Add 4 cups of yellow onion skins to the pot. For a brighter orange, leave the eggs to sit in the dye overnight in the fridge.

For silver: Combine 4 cups each of water and frozen blueberries in a bowl. Let the mixture come to room temperature and strain. Keep the eggs in the dye overnight in the fridge.

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