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Dyeing Easter eggs with natural dyes

Coloring Easter eggs with natural dyes made from plant parts is a fun and easy way to be green.

Natural dyes made from plants create a beautiful color range.
Natural dyes made from plants create a beautiful color range.
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Plant parts can be used to make natural dyes for Easter eggs.
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Here are some instructions, have fun!

Yellow onion skins = Yellow to dark orange
Turmeric or cumin = Bright yellow
Red beets = Pink to red
Red onion skins = Pale purple to red
Red cabbage = Blue
Spinach = Green
Purple grape juice (use as is) = Lavender
Coffee (use as is) = Tan to brown
Chili powder = Orange
Raspberries or blackberries = Pink to purple
Yellow or green apple peels = Yellow-green

  • To make the dye, choose what colors you would like, then take 4 cups of chopped up plant parts or in the case of spices, 4 tablespoons. Juice and coffee can be used as is.
  • Boil in 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar.
  • Let dye simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Strain plant particles out of the dye.
  • Immerse eggs into dye, the longer the egg is in the dye the darker the color will be.

Naturally dyed eggs will have a matte finish. If you want them to shine, apply a few drops of olive oil and polish with a soft cloth.