We’re all familiar with the store bought egg dye, maybe so familiar that you have flash backs of some seriously stained counter tops and fingers… If you’re looking to mix things up a little bit, try some of these natural ways to color your eggs this year!
Before beginning, make sure to boil all of your eggs, just the same as you would using any other coloring method. Allow to cool. Try the following to create certain colors (or experiment with your own combinations for more fun!):
Yellow: use turmeric. Boil 1 quart water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt in a med. pan. Add 5 tablespoons of ground turmeric and stir well (remember this may dye your spoon yellow too!). Simmer until dissolved.
Red: use beets. Chop 1-2 beets into small pieces. Place them into a med. pan and add 1 quart water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid and use for dyeing.
Green: use spinach. Bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Put about 8 oz. of spinach leaves in the pot of water and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the water begins to turn the desired shade of green. Using frozen spinach will work just as well.
Blue: Use 2 cups of blueberries. Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add blueberries and simmer for about 10 minutes. Cool and strain the liquid to use for dyeing.
Once all of the liquid has cooled, submerge the eggs into the chosen colors for about 30 minutes, or even a bit longer-depending on how deep of a color you want to achieve. Remove the eggs and place them on a cooling rack to dry. Once dried, store them in the fridge until they’re ready to be used!
For some fun and easy tips on how to dye eggs with tiny humans, check out this post we did a while back.