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Three coloured eggs are nestled in a nest on a table. A ceramic bird sits on top and pussy willow branches are next to them.

Natural Dye Easter Eggs

Your kitchen is full of natural dyes! And if you celebrate Easter in your house, raiding the cupboards is a great way to make beautiful eggs.

Foods you can use to dye eggs:

Red cabbage
Grape juide
Beets
Cherries
Raspberries
Blueberries
Tumeric power or shredded tumeric root
Paprika
Chili powder
Coffee
Spinach
Parsley
Onion skins
Generally, no matter what you use, you’ll need one cup of chopped vegetable or fruit to two cups of water. If using a spice, you’ll need 6 tbsp.

Instructions

Bring two cups of water to boil. Add two tablespoons of vinegar. Choose one of the following:

Option A: hot dye + hard boiled
Add whichever “dye” from the above list, and add your eggs directly into the boiling dye. Check the colour every ten minutes until desired shade.
Option B: cold dye + hard boiled
Add whichever “dye” from the above list, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Let the dye cool, then strain into jars. Submerge already hard boiled white eggs into the dye and let them soak for at least 30 minutes to a few hours or overnight! The longer they rest in the dye, the more saturated or darker the colour will be.
Option C: cold dye + raw
Add whichever “dye” from the above list, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Let the dye cool, then strain into jars. Submerge raw white eggs into the dye and let them soak for at least 30 minutes to a few hours or overnight! The longer they rest in the dye, the more saturated or darker the colour will be. Use a needle to poke a hole into either end of the egg and blow the insides out into a blow. (Blow out an egg, what? Here’s a quick video tutorial if you need help!)
Happy Easter!

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