How to make Easter egg dye at home.
Easter is a fun family time. The last thing you want to worry about is whether or not the dye for Easter eggs that you are using is safe. Most commercial dies are FDA approved and safe to use, but if you want to be extra careful or simply want to try something new this year, consider making Easter Egg dye at home. Homemade egg dye is simple and uses common household ingredients.
Safe Easter Egg Dye
The bright, neon colors found in commercial Easter egg dye have their place. Some people like their baskets to pop with bold hues. Others enjoy a more subtle look to their eggs. Egg dying is a long-standing springtime tradition going all the way back to pagans worshiping the change of seasons. Of course, ancient people didn't have access to artificial colors, so how did they do it?
The answer is natural Easter egg dyes. You probably already have everything you need to make a rainbow of colors right in your kitchen. If you want to try making egg dye at home, you'll need a few supplies and a little preparation, but it isn't much more work than preparing commercial dye for eggs.
First, you'll need either empty egg shells or hard boiled eggs. If you are using boiled eggs, they should be completely cool before dying.
Next, you'll need to prepare your dye. Consult the list below and decide what ingredients you plan to use. Prepare the dye by chopping a handful of the ingredients if applicable. Place die ingredients in a sauce pan and just cover with water (about 1 cup). Bring pot to a rolling boil and lower heat to medium low. Simmer for 15 minutes to an hour until the water takes on the color you want. Keep in mind that eggs will come out lighter than the liquid in the pan.
Strain the dye liquid through cheesecloth into a deep bowl or mug. Once your dies are prepared, you should add 3 teaspoons of vinegar to each to help the eggs absorb more color. The longer eggs soak in the dye, the deeper the color will be. You can even let eggs soak in the fridge overnight.
Natural Dye Color List
- Blue: canned blueberries, grape juice, red cabbage leaves
- Lavender: Violet blossoms, black berries, Red Zinger tea
- Purple: Red onion skin (just a little bit), hibiscus tea, red wine
- Red: Red onion skin (a lot), Raspberries, pomegranate juice
- Orange: Paprika, yellow onion skins, carrots, chili powder
- Pink: Beets, cranberry juice, red grape juice
- Yellow: Turmeric, green tea, celery seed, cumin, chamomile tea
- Brown: Coffee, black tea
- Green: Spinach leaves
Try this Easter egg decorating idea and enjoy a more organic Easter, just like your ancient ancestors did.