Living simply in the wild

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

Whether it’s easter or not log this in your memory any time you’d like to dye things naturally…shirts, soaps, scarves, yarn, children’s hands, whatever’s your fancy. And yes, I did end up with a child who stuck his hand in the beet juice, tinting him the perfect shade of pink.

natural dyed easter eggs

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

  1. Collect dye ingredients. For a nice list check of natural egg dyes. We used Red cabbage, Tumeric, 100% Grape Juice, and Beets.
  2. Chop veggies into pieces.
  3. Place 4 cups of water and a generous amount of one veggie ingredient in a pot or saucepan. There is no set rule for how much to use, but i figured the more the merrier!
  4. Boil for 15-30 minutes, checking the water for color intensity. The dyed eggs will a few shades lighter then the dye.
  5. Strain the solids from the liquid and set cooked vegetables aside to use later in soups or to compost.
  6. Pour dye into containers and it doesn’t hurt to label them.
  7. Add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar (white or apple cider) to each container. Stir.
  8. Place clean, hard boiled eggs in dye. Make sure they are fully submerged.
  9. We left our in the dye for 1-2 hours. You can leave them in as short or as long as you like. If you have the patience, leave them in overnight!
  10. Rinse eggs or just allow to dry on a dry towel. The effects can vary greatly by leaving the dye film to dry (and crackle, fade or give a tie-dye effect).

So with a quick trip to the grocery store you can have some natural dyed easter eggs, no chemicals, just beautiful colors!

natural dyed easter eggs

And if you didn’t get enough easter eggs here’s the Juniors during their Egg Dash.

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Yes, their easter baskets are of the fancy variety. Nothing but the best for these boys.

 


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One response

  1. Mom

    Oh those turned out really pretty! I love the idea!

    May 3, 2014 at 8:59 am

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