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I'm come across some interesting "natural" ways to dye eggs ... and wanted to share.... some of these would make AWESOME experiments :)
Egg Dye Techniques included in this blog are:
Natural Dye (just a graphic)
Natural Dye (from a blog)
Natural Dye w/ Better Homes & Garden
Rit Dye Eggs
Natural Dye (Poster)
Natural Dye w/ Martha Stewart
This first one is how to dye eggs with Koolaid... and the blog where I got it did their own experiment ... so check it out! The Kool Egg-periment .... she got the recipe from this blog which has amazing photos :) HEY! Jen Renee
Here is a fun decorating tip ........ While the eggs are still warm (but not too hot) ... use crayons to color on the eggs, or decorate with crayon shavings. The wax from the crayon well melt and stick to the egg.
SHAVING CREAM EGG DYE
1. Spread cheap white shaving cream in a cookie sheet
2. Apply drops of neon food coloring across surface
3. Use toothpicks to swirl colors around
4. Roll the dried, cooled hard boiled eggs in the colorful
All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes from Better Homes & Garden
Use these all-natural dye recipes made from household
ingredients to create Easter eggs in beautifully subdued shades. Leave eggs
soaking in the dye in the refrigerator overnight for the richest colors.
Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room
temperature, and remove blueberries.
Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups
boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove
cabbage with a slotted spoon.
Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water
for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.
Peel the skin from 6 yellow apples. Simmer in 1-1/2 cups
water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer 4 oz. chopped
fennel tops in 1-1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white
Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water
for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.
Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp.
Rich yellow: Simmer 4 oz. chopped carrot tops in 1-1/2 cups
water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Mustard-yellow: Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling
water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Various shades: Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1
cup boiling water for 5 minutes.
Pale yellow: Chop 4 oz. goldenrod and simmer in 2 cups water
for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Faint yellow: Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups
water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.
Simmer 2 Tbsp. dill seed in 1 cup water for 15 minutes;
strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong coffee.
Faint pink: Chop 4 oz. amaranth flowers and simmer in 2 cups
water; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer the skins from 6 avocados in
1-1/2 cup water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Mix 1 cup
pickled beet juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Dark pink: Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups
boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove
Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
DYEING EGGS WITH RIT DYE ....
From Martha Stewart ....
Martha Stewart Living, April 1998
The tradition of dyeing eggs goes back to medieval times when people made pace eggs to celebrate spring and Pasch, the original name given to Easter or Passover.
Your kitchen is full of natural dyes. Common food items such as red cabbage, onion skins, and coffee can be used to transform plain white eggs into colorful Easter gems. Kids will especially love discovering all the different colors they can create -- let them experiment using hard-boiled eggs and bowls of cold dyes. TOOLS AND MATERIALSNatural
dyeing agents (red cabbage, turmeric, onion skins, beets, and coffee)
3-quart pot (or larger)
Large metal spoon
Select a dyeing agent, and place it in the pot using the amount listed below. Add 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar to pot; if more water is necessary to cover ingredients, proportionally increase the amount of vinegar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl.
Red-cabbage dye: 4 cups chopped cabbage Turmeric dye: 3 tablespoons turmeric Onion-skin dye: 4 cups onion skins (skins of about 12 onions) Beet dye: 4 cups chopped beets Coffee dye: 1 quart strong black coffee (instead of water) Cold-Dipping Method COLD-DIPPING METHOD
With this method, the eggs and the ingredients for the dye are boiled separately. Using a metal spoon, lower cooled hard-boiled eggs into a bowl of cooled dye, and let them soak for as little as 5 seconds or as long as overnight, depending on the depth of color you desire. Remove eggs with spoon, pat dry with paper towels, and let dry on a wire rack. The cold-dipping method produces subtle, translucent shades, but can result in uneven coloring unless the eggs are rotated vigilantly while in the dye. For hollow eggs that will last indefinitely, cold-dip raw eggs, then blow them out after they are dyed. BOILED METHOD
This method involves boiling the eggs with the dye; the heat allows the dye to saturate the shells, resulting in intense, more uniform color. Set raw eggs in a pot of strained dye; bring to a boil for the amount of time specified in our color glossary (see below). Remove and dry eggs as with the cold-dipping method. FINISH (OPTIONAL)
Natural dyes tend to fade over time, so finish any eggs you plan to keep with a matte or gloss acrylic spray varnish. To create an egg-spraying stand, stick a 6-inch length of wire into a block of Styrofoam; prop a hollow egg onto the wire through one of its holes. Spray egg with a coat of varnish in a well-ventilated area, and let dry. COLOR GLOSSARY
Natural dyes can sometimes produce unexpected results, so don't be surprised if, for example, your red-cabbage dye yields blue eggs. Use the following guide to help you achieve the colors you desire. Deep Gold: Boil eggs in turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Sienna: Boil eggs in onion-skin solution, 30 minutes. Dark, Rich Brown: Boil eggs in black coffee, 30 minutes. Pale Yellow: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Orange: Soak eggs in room-temperature onion-skin solution, 30 minutes. Light Brown: Soak eggs in room-temperature black coffee, 30 minutes. Light Pink: Soak eggs in room-temperature beet solution, 30 minutes. Light Blue: Soak eggs in room-temperature cabbage solution, 30 minutes. Royal Blue: Soak eggs in room-temperature cabbage solution overnight. Lavender: Soak eggs in room-temperature beet solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 30 seconds. Chartreuse: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 5 seconds. Salmon: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature onion-skin solution, 30 minutes. DO YOU KNOW?
The tradition of dyeing eggs goes back to medieval times when people made "pace" eggs to celebrate spring and Pasch, the original name given to Easter or Passover.