Enjoy this natural Easter Egg Dye Recipe from Healthychildren.org! It’s a fun way to spend time with your kids, experimenting with different colors and combinations as you make your own dye from things you can find in your own kitchen.
While it’s important to realize colors may not always turn out the way you expect, natural dyes are a fun way to get creative. Cabbage is bright purple, for example, but dyes eggs a pale blue. To get your creative juices flowing try tea or coffee, paprika, beets, grape juice, even things like yellow mustard. Try anything that you think might work – and see what you get!
What you need:
1 teaspoon white vinegar
3 cups of water
Hard boiled white eggs
Natural dyeing agents, like:
1 cup yellow onion skins, from about 2 onions (for the orange dye)
1 cup torn-up purple cabbage leaves (for the blue dye)
1 teaspoon turmeric (for yellow dye)
Colander, strainer, or sieve
What to do:
Put the vinegar and water in the pot with your natural dyeing agent of choice. Put the pot on the stove, turn the heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and boil the mixture for 30 minutes. Turn off the heat.
Cool the dye to room temperature (about 30 minutes) then pour it through the strainer into a small bowl. You can throw away the solids left behind in the strainer or colander
To color the eggs, soak them in the dye mixture for at least 30 minutes. For really rich colors, try soaking them overnight.
For other colors ideas, check out the Better Homes and Gardens website http://www.bhg.com/holidays/easter/eggs/natural-easter-egg-dyes/