Full disclosure, this was my first time ever doing this. I already know that boiling eggs are usually a disaster for me, but I was determined to dye Easter eggs this year and wanted to do so with ingredients from our kitchen. Ingredients I like to categorize as "recycling" or "reusing" for the following reasons:
When we get our fresh farm delivery there are usually a couple things that we have every intent on trying and, more times that I want to admit, don't. Veggies such as beets & red cabbage. I've tried, I really have, I just can't stomach them! I even made them into greasy, salty chips and I still didn't develop a love for them. Sorry beets & cabbage.
Yellow (or red) onions, the paper thin skin that we always throw away? Save it for this project and reuse it!
Tumeric. Oh Tumeric. I have two full bottles of the stuff for some reason and never use it, ever. Now I am!
Blueberries, now this is something my fiance loves, but we usually don't eat them fast enough, so, reusing them for our eggs.
Plum tea. Most likely you don't have about 20 bags of these lying around like we do. We randomly came into possession of a plethora of them when we lived in New York City and honestly aren't even a huge fan of the taste BUT thought it may be an interesting hue for this project instead of finally throwing them out.
And lastly, port wine. Yes, the same port wine we used for our red wine lollipops last month. While they are delicious in our suckers, it's not a wine I like to drink on the reg, so... using the rest for this project to see how it turns out.
Already have your boiled eggs prepared.
You will want to cook each dye ingredient in a separate pot to avoid mixing colors. (Although that could be fun to experiment with once you have done this a couple times)
Directions for how to cook the dye colors are the same for each ingredient. You will want to add your water to dye material ratio to a pot, depending upon how many eggs you want to dye with that color. (2 cups of dye color should dye about 2-3 eggs.) Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to simmer and cover. Cook for 15-30 minutes depending on how deep you want the color to be. Once finished, remove from heat, strain out the veggie/fruit/other ingredients from the color liquid into a bowl. Set aside and let cool to room temperature. Once to room temp, add 2 tbsp white vinegar to every 1 cup of color solution you have. If you have two cups, add 4 tbsp, etc. Then add your eggs! We used brown and white eggs because they yield completely different colors for each dye. We also used multiple containers that we had been saving from various food jars to reuse for projects such as this, or food storage.
Leave your eggs in the solution over night for a darker color, and for a few hours for a lighter color.
I can't wait to try this again! There are some imperfections with my first try, but I think it gives them character ;)
And of course, we would pair this project with our Secret Garden candle. Having it lit while doing this project will not only help cover that inevitable cabbage, egg smell in your kitchen, but it will fill your room with the scent of beautiful Spring blooms perfect for the season!
If you try any other types of natural ingredients, we would love to hear how they turned out and what color they rendered! Comment below with your experiences.
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