Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs - make your own

It's easy to create Easter Egg Dye
with natural ingredients from
your own kitchen.

Give the Easter bunny a run for his money by dyeing Easter eggs the natural way, using common foods and flowers.
  • Start with hard-cooked (boiled) eggs and refrigerate until ready to use.

  • The longer you soak the eggs in the following dye liquids (of your choice), the more intense the colors will be.

  • If desired, before dyeing the eggs, draw shapes, pictures or inspiring words on them with crayons or a piece of wax. The wax won't absorb the color so the designs will show through. Using a crayon, simply draw a design onto your eggs and then dye as you would any other Easter egg. Your crayon design will be accentuated by your choice of dye!

  • Rubber bands are all you need to make tie-dyed eggs. Use a collection of different sized rubber bands. Wrap the rubber bands, one at a time, around the eggs. Make sure to leave some of the egg shell exposed so it can be dyed.

  • Once the eggs are dyed to the color you like, remove them from the water and let them dry. Once dried completely, pull the rubber bands off to reveal your banded design.

  • How to make natural egg dyes:

Blue
Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice

Brown or Beige
Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea

Brown Gold
Dill Seeds

Brown Orange
Chili Powder

Green
Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll

Greenish Yellow
Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)

Grey
Purple or red grape juice or beet juice

Lavender
Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea

Orange
Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Carrots
Paprika

Pink
Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets

Red
Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Pomegranate juice
Canned Cherries (with syrup)
Raspberries

Violet or Purple
Violet Blossoms
Hibiscus tea
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Red Wine

Yellow
Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Celery Seed (boiled)
Green tea
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffron

7 comments:

Humble Homemaker said...

Cute eggs!
following you back from: http://humblehomemaking.blogspot.com/

Amanda said...

Wow! Thanks for this awesome idea! Going to be a warm day here in Nebraska! Sending some "pre-spring" your way!!!
Midwestern Moms

Sonia Florian said...

Dear Freebies Mom, thank you for finding my blog and for following! Now following you back! Your blog looks awesome. I can't wait for Easter to come so I can use your dyeing technique.

Hugs,
Sonia

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Those eggs are just amazing. I would love to be able to do something like that - but then I'd have to do something that would preserve them. That would be awful to go to all that effort and then have them break, but wouldn't they be beautiful sitting on a stand!!

Freebies Mom said...

I suppose you could display them in a glass box. Garage sale finds can be repurposed to create display cases.

Gośka said...

great:) There is another way. To stain the egg color brown-yellow-gold, you need to cook them in peels from the onions.

Brianna! said...

so so soooo pretty
I LOVE dying easter eggs.

Its SO much fun.