DIY of the Week: Natural Easter Egg Dye
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First up, we are sharing this awesome DIY project from Good Housekeeping that demonstrates how to use natural ingredients to make your own easter egg dyes. You might even have some of these things in your house already! We love the subtle hues they give the eggs and we think this is the perfect project for the week leading up to Easter.
The instructions are as follows, but click here for the full article.
- Combine 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a medium pot.
- Bring it to a boil, add your dye ingredients for yellow, blue, silver, pink, and orange eggs (ingredients specified below!), and lower the heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool.
- Strain the dye before adding the eggs. Once strained, add eggs and let soak for at least 30 minutes. For a more vibrant egg, let it soak longer. When it reaches the desired color, remove with tongs and pat dry with paper towels.
Add 3 tablespoons turmeric to the boiling water. Make sure to wear rubber gloves when handling yellow eggs because turmeric can stain skin.
Add 4 cups of chopped beets. If your eggs look more brown than pink at first, don’t worry: They’ll turn into a pretty, pastel shade once dry.
Add 3 cups of chopped red or purple cabbage. For 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.
Add 4 cups of yellow onion skins. For a brighter orange, leave the eggs to sit in the dye overnight in the fridge.
Forget vinegar altogether: 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.