This Saturday all over the country little ones and adults alike will be busy boiling eggs and dying them. Whether or not Easter is a religious celebration for you and yours, dying eggs is a fun and creative way to spend some time on a spring day with your children. Using natural ingredients instead of those little chemical pills is not only safer for pets, people and the environment, but it also produces incredibly beautiful colors and patterns that could only come from something natural. There are a few tips to help make your dyed eggs the best they can be while using natural dyes.
1. The longer you let your eggs sit in the mixture the better
2. When taking them out of the dye do not touch them, the dye will not set fully into the eggs until they are dry.
3. Once fully dry you can make them shine by rubbing them gently with a soft cloth.
Now for the ingredients!
Blue: Puree ½ cup frozen blueberries, add 1 ½ cup water, boil for 3 minutes, strain out fruit, add 2 T white vinegar.
Green: Add 2T ground turmeric to the above Blue mixture
Pink: Mix 1 cup beet juice from canned beets add 2 T white vinegar.
Purple: Mix 2 cups grape juice with 2 T white vinegar
You get the idea. Basically by adding vinegar you can create other colors using brewed coffee, paprika, strong brewed tea, boiled red onion skins and turmeric. Be creative, experiment, have fun and Happy Spring!