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Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs & other Items

darker brown and yellow natural dyes

Natural Dyes are great for Easter eggs and other items around the house. You can naturally dye a wide variety of foods such as cake frosting or give an extra lift to old faded material. Besides, natural dyes are a lot healthier than toxic commercial dyes.

Okay, since Easter is right around the corner, let’s talk about using natural dyes for coloring eggs. Did you know that natural dye recipes can be made from common items around your house? You can create beautiful Easter eggs that have either vibrant or subdued shades.

Special Note: For intense and rich colors, soak Easter eggs in the natural dyes overnight. Keep refrigerated.

red and orange natural dyesBlue-Gray
In a medium size pan, combine 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water.  Bring the mixture to a slow boil, remove from heat and cover with lid. Allow berries to soak for a while until you have the desired color. Strain the blueberries using a colander or sieve. Make sure to have the sieve over a bowl to save the juice.

Blue
Cut ¼ – ½ head of red cabbage into medium size pieces. In a large pan, stir in chopped cabbage 4 cups water. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir in 2 TBLS of vinegar. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.  Remove cabbage from water with a slotted spoon.

Green

In a medium size pan, add ½ cup spinach leave to 1 cup water. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the leaves. Stir in 2 teaspoons white vinegar. Liquid Chlorophyll can also be used for a bright intense green color. But spinach leaves are a lot more cost effective.

Jade Green
Peel the skin from 7 red onions. In a medium size pan, add the onion skins and  2 cups water. Bring to a slow boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the onion skins then add. 3 teaspoons white vinegar.

Light Yellow-Green

Peel the skin from 7 yellow apples. Add apple skin and 1 ½ cups water to a medium size pan. Bring to a slow boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons of white vinegar.

You can also use ½ cup natural apple leaves or fennel tops

Mellow Orange
Peel the skin of 7 yellow onions. In a medium size pot, add the skins and 2 cups water. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the skins. Stir in 3 teaspoons white vinegar.

Light Red-Orange

In a medium size pan, add 1 cup water and 2 TBLS paprika. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Add 2 teaspoons white vinegar.

Various Shades of Yellow
Deep yellow: In a medium size pan, add ½ cup chopped carrot tops to 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and then add 2 teaspoons white vinegar.

Mustard yellow: In a medium size pan, add 3 TBLS turmeric to 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 11 minutes. Strain and then add 2 teaspoons white vinegar.

Variegated yellow: In a medium size pan, add 4-5 bags green tea to 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons white vinegar.

Pale yellow: In a medium size pan, add ½ cup goldenrod flowers to 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Strain and then add 2 teaspoons white vinegar.

Light yellow: In a medium size pan, add the peels of 7 oranges (organic!) to 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Strain and then add 2 teaspoons white vinegar.

many color natural dyes

Brown

Stir in 1 TBLS to 1 cup of very strong coffee or espresso.

Light Brown

In a medium size pan, add 4-5 bags black tea to 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons white vinegar.

Golden Brown

In a medium size pan, add 2 TBLS dill seed and 1 cup water. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the dill seed. Stir in 2 teaspoons white vinegar

Brown Orange

In a medium size pan, add 2 TBLS chili powder and 1 cup water. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons white vinegar

Pink
Light pink: In a medium size pan, add ½ cup amaranth flowers and 2 cups water. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.  Stain and then add 2 teaspoons white vinegar. Beet juice is also a good option for a light pink color. Note: You can substitute ½ cup cranberries for the amaranth flowers to get similar results.

Dark pink: Chop 1 medium beet into medium size pieces. In a medium size pan, add chopped beets and 4 cups water. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Strain beet then add 2 TBLS white vinegar.

natural dyes for easter eggs

Violet or Purple

Mix 1 cup red wine and 1 TBLS white vinegar.

Lavender
Combine 1 cup grape juice and 1 TBLS white vinegar.

You can also use Red Zinger tea for a nice lavender color. In a medium size pan, add 4-5 bags Red Zinger tea to 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons white vinegar.

beautiful natural dyed easter egg

For Fun | A Very Creative Coloring Technique

For charming varicolored Easter eggs, try this technique:

Wrap each raw egg in onion skin. Next, wrap and tie a natural white cloth around the egg to hold in the onion skin. Boil for 10 minutes. For different variegated colors add any of  the following to the onion skin:

  • Wheatgrass
  • Pieces of brown or wild rice
  • Sprigs of dill or annatto seeds
  • Fresh green leaves like basil or parsley
  • Flowers like Joe Pye Weed, Calliopsis, Calendula or Safflower

The Easy Way Out

So if you are pressed for time and really cannot make your own natural dyes for Easter eggs then try using organic food coloring. You will be delighted in the results. Just add 1 or 2 TBLS of white vinegar to your water with the food dye.

India Tree Natural Decorating Colors, 3 bottles(red,yellow,blue)

Natural Coloring – Books of Interest

Organic Fiber Dyeing: The Colonial Williamsburg Method
 


 

Picture credit

Featured picture: Sh@n@n@ via photopin cc
Darker brown and yellow natural dyes: somewhereintheworldtoday via photopin cc
Red and orange Easter eggs: knitting iris via photopin cc
Easter eggs on purple paper: EraPhernalia Vintage . . . (playin’ hook-y ;o) via photopin cc
Light hues and one espresso egg color: pamramsey via photopin cc

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