Sunday, April 7, 2013

Dyeing Easter Eggs All Naturally

Yes, I do know Easter was LAST week, but I've had at least a dozen people inquire about the eggs we dyed with homemade, all natural dye. Luckily dyed eggs remind me of Springtime in general AND the Easter season still has over 40 days in it, so if you want you could still try making some for this year. Otherwise, pin it, bookmark it, or however is best for you, Save the tips for next year's festivities.

These instructions do take a little bit of time as they use what is known as the Refrigerator Method, so plan in a day or so, but the amount of actual work varies on how many colors you want and how vibrant you want your eggs to be. Also, make sure to clear out plenty of space on the fridge shelves. LegenDaddy did a lot of the grunt work, but as I was directing much of the process, I think I can still share with you a little of how we did it.

First to get the colors we got, you will need:

White + Brown eggs, hardboiled
Onion skins, red for Purple and Red eggs
Onion skins, yellow for Orange and Rust eggs
Cabbage, chopped for Blue and Turquoise eggs
Beets, peeled and diced for Pink and Maroon eggs
White vinegar
Make sure your eggs are clean, so there are no particles on your eggs.

To prepare each dye:

  • In a stainless steel pan, boil as much water as you'll need to cover the eggs you want to dye. We needed two cups to cover 4-6 eggs, but remember that some water will evaporate, so plan for that.
  • Add the skins/vegetables and once again bring to a boil. Turn heat down to Medium and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the pots from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Open windows or on a porch or balcony helps this go much faster.
  • Pour each dye mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any pieces. Make sure to only use glass or stainless steel dishes.

  • Set out the dishes/bowls/pots you plan to use to dye the eggs in. To each, measure out however many cups of dye you'll need to cover your eggs. Then add 1 TB of white vinegar per 1 cup of dye. Stir well.
  • Carefully place the hardboiled eggs gently into the dye. A slotted spoon works great for this. Place each container carefully in the fridge. You do not need to cover them, but if you want to, feel free to do so.

  • Leave eggs bathing in the the dyes for 8 hours or overnight. After a couple of hours, you may want to go in and shift the eggs around a bit to help all surfaces be exposed to the dye. We found where ours were touched the glass that they were also not getting dyed. Remember the longer they are in there, the more vibrant the colors will get. For this reason, overnight is ideal!

  • Remove eggs, and let drip dry on a cooling rack - make sure to put rags you don't care about beneath to prevent staining your counters. Finish drying with a rag or cloth.

Enjoy your lovely creations and reminders of new life!

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