I've been wanting to naturally dye Easter eggs for quite some time now, but for some reason Easter just seems to creep up on me before I know it. I never seem to have the time in the Spring, but I made sure to plan ahead this year because I just love the look of pastel, natural dyed eggs.
There are no chemicals involved and everything I used to dye these eggs is a natural product. I, personally, love the way these eggs turned out. I really enjoy the organic, imperfect and soft look, so if this is your style as well you will love this!
Make sure to block out a couple hours to do this project from start to finish. It takes time to gather all of the items needed, chop the vegetables, etc. In the end, it's worth it though! Let's dive in.
I took inspiration from this and this blog post. I followed a few of their directions, and I edited where I felt it needed it. Feel free to do the same and report back! I'd love to see and hear about your experience.
Hard boil your eggs. I used 18 white eggs to start, this dye could probably do a lot more though!
Gather your ingredients. I created 5 different colored dyes to play with. The colors that I was going for are listed below with the amount of each item I used. For each of the dyes you will need...
2 cups water
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp vinegar
natural ingredient for color (cut or chop each item, skins removed)
Pink - 2 beets
Green - 5 bug handfuls of spinach
Purple - ½ purple cabbage
Yellow - 2 tbsp turmeric
Blue - 2 packages of blueberries
*these are in order of my photo for reference*
3. Add your natural ingredient, salt, and water to a saucepan for 15 - 30 minutes. Heat to a boil and then simmer until ingredients are soft and you notice the water change color. Add vinegar after and off the heat, mix in.
4. After adding the vinegar, strain your liquid into a heat safe container. Dispose of the solids, you will only need the colorful liquid here! I used small mason jars, but if you plan on dying more eggs, I suggest going bigger.
5. Let the dye cool a bit, then get to work creating your own colors combos for your eggs or use my template and concoctions below! After dying, I placed the wet eggs on a drying rack with a paper towel underneath to catch any drips.
Deep Mauve - this one I let rest in the beet dye overnight
Light Yellow - 20 to 30 minutes in the turmeric dye
Light Blue - 30 minutes in the cabbage dye
Deep Blue - 20 to 30 minutes in the blueberry dye
Light Rose - 20 to 30 minutes in the beet dye
Sage - 20 to 30 minutes in the spinach dye
Robin's Egg Blue - 15 minutes in the beet dye, then 30 seconds in the cabbage dye
Soft Green - 30 minutes in turmeric dye, 30 seconds in cabbage dye
Gold - 30 min in turmeric dye
Smokey Blue - 15 minutes in the blueberry dye and then minutes in cabbage dye
Light Mauve - 30 minutes in beet dye, then let rest over night. Then back into the beet dye for 5 to 10 min the next day
Light Pink - 30 minutes in the beet dye, 10 minutes in cabbage dye, then back into the beet dye for 5 minutes