Want to make homemade easter egg dye! You probably have everything you need in your kitchen… Learn how to make natural easter egg dye that’s naturally beautiful and easy!
Natural Easter Egg Dye Colors
Natural easter egg colors are going to be soft and beautiful earth tones. Reds, greens, blues, and yellows. Mix these natural colors to make other color variations. Mix red and yellow to make orange, for instance.
Natural easter egg dyes aren’t going to be as bright and fake as the ones you see at walmart, but I think they are much more beautiful that way! Plus you don’t have to worry about chemicals or other toxins around your kids!
How To Make Natural Easter Egg Dye
To Make natural easter egg dye, gather your colored juices, and liquids. Your natural colored dyes will work much better if they have been simmered and are hot!
Fill mugs half way with each color and color combination you’d like to make. Then add 1 tablespoon of vinegar to each mug! Vinegar helps set the color, making it stick to the egg shell better!
Vinegar is acidic, and the acid reacts with the calcium of the eggshell enhancing its ability to take on the new color!
***CAUTION… Don’t use too much vinegar, because it will cause the outer colored egg shell to rub off! ***
Natural Red Easter Egg Dye
Natural red dye comes from red beet juice! You can juice beets to get their juice, or take a shortcut!
There are a couple easy ways to get red beet juice for egg dying. The first easy way is by emptying a can of beets and using the juice. You can use canned pickled beet juice, or just plain canned beets juice. Another easy way is to buy beet juice in the fresh produce isles. My local grocery sells the naked juices, and there is a beet juice there that I like to use.
Natural Green Easter Egg Dye
A popular way to get green is by using purple cabbage water, and dying the eggs blue with that. Then turn blue eggs green by giving the eggs a second soak in turmeric dye. The combination or blue and yellow turn your eggs all shades of green.
Natural green easter egg dye also comes from green veggie juice, but it must be DARK green veggie juice… Like spinach juice.
I tried to do it the easy way and bought a green drink to use… but it wasn’t dark green enough and the eggs turned out just light yellow with a greenish hue.
Natural Blue Dye
Red cabbage sliced and boiled, with vinegar, makes a beautiful blue easter egg dye! Slice one red cabbage head, put it into a pot with about 4 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar. Let it boil for 20-30 minutes and remove cabbage leaves. What you have left is a natural blue easter egg dye!
Natural Yellow Dye
Natural yellow easter egg dye comes from simmered turmeric powder, or by boiling fresh turmeric root with vinegar. Add your fresh turmeric to a pot with a tablespoon of vinegar and cover with water. Then let it simmer for 10-20 minutes.
Short cut: If you’re using turmeric powder just mix a tablespoon of powder with a tablespoon of vinegar and add 1/2 cup of water. Stir until turmeric powder is dissolved or turns that water bright yellow.
My grocery store does not sell fresh turmeric, so I use turmeric powder, and it works great! However, I’ve watched ladies make it by boiling fresh turmeric root, and the color is more radiant! So, if you have the option, use fresh turmeric! Slice turmeric root up and boil it for 10-20 minutes to create your yellow dye!
How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally
Natural easter egg dyes take a bit longer than the commercially produced ones from the store. Let cooked eggs sit in cups or bowls of die for 5-10 minutes then check the color. If you want deeper color let them go longer. To make deep blues and greens your eggs may need to sit in dye bowls for 20 minutes.
You can also put eggs in a ziplock bag, add your dye liquid to cover, place them in the fridge and let them sit overnight! These eggs will have a rich deep beautiful color!
After removing eggs from dye, place them in a cardboard egg carton to dry.
Enjoy your beautiful naturally died Easter eggs in your Easter Egg Hunt, and throughout the week!!!
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