Easter Egg Dye

Easter egg dye to color Easter eggs.

When it comes to an EASTER PARTY, Easter egg dye is usual top of my list of things to get ready. There is no need to rush out and buy dyes as you can so easily make them at home.

Below are my favorite dyes. Experiment a bit with colors and methods and see which ones you like the best.

Also don't forget to check out how to BLOW AN EGG.

Top Tip: Place plenty of newspaper down to work on and have paper towels handy to mop up drips and spills. Allow eggs to draw thoroughly before adding a second color. Use old egg cartons for storing and drying the eggs.

Natural Easter Egg Dye

What You Need:

Saucepan for each color
Cooking oil
White vinegar
Various colored food and plant items e.g. 

  • Red : Beet root, paprika powder
  • Pink : Rhubarb
  • Yellow : Turmeric powder
  • Pale Orange : Onion skins
  • Blue : Red cabbage, grape juice, crushed blueberries
  • Green : Spinach, kale, nettles
  • Brown : Coffee, tea

Method:

  1. For each color, pour 1/2 - 1 cup of water into a saucepan and add the chopped up fruit or plant products.
  2. Bring to the boil and then let simmer until the desired color is obtained. Experiment with how much or little of each fruit/vegetable that you need to add.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar. The vinegar helps to raise the acidity of the dye and this in turn provides better absorption and a more vibrant colored egg.
  4. Let the dyed water cool and then add the eggs (already hard-boiled or BLOWN). 
  5. Let the eggs sit until they turn the color that you want. 
  6. Remove the eggs from the dye and when fully dry, polish then with a soft cloth and a little cooking oil.

Food Coloring Easter Egg Dye

What You Need:

  • Food coloring
  • Hot water
  • White vinegar (helps to make the colors more vibrant)
  • Cooking oil

Method:

egg dye
  1. For each color, place 1/4 teaspoon of food coloring in a small bowl. 
  2. Add 3/4 cup of hot water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. 
  3. Add the eggs (hard-boiled or blown) and let them sit until they turn the color that you want. 
  4. Remove from the dye and when fully dry, polish then with a soft cloth and a little cooking oil.

Crepe Paper Egg Dye

What You Need:

  • Different colored crepe paper
  • Hot water
  • Cooking oil

Method:

  1. Tear up large pieces/strips of crepe paper and soak each color in individual bowls of hot water.
  2. Add the eggs and let them sit until they turn the color that you want.
  3. Remove from the dye and when fully dry, polish then with a soft cloth and a little cooking oil.

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