Gone are the days of dropping little dye tablets into cups of vinegar to color your Easter Eggs. We searched high and low and came up with three fun and creative ways to decorate your eggs this year.
Thick puffy paint is a fun and quick way to add three dimensional texture to your design. The paint bottle, usually used for fabric, has a thin tip that makes easy painting a snap. Once you’ve finished painting, prop the egg up on a bottle cap to finish drying.
People have been coloring eggs throughout history. Try your hand at some of the more traditional methods by boiling onion skins, turmeric or red cabbage to create homemade dyes. See our full tutorial on the next page!
Cut a small piece of kitchen sponge and dab into gold paint. Lightly sponge paint all around your egg for an elegant design with minimal effort! Tip: Paint over an already dyed egg for an even fancier look.
DIY Natural Egg Dye
An Easy How-to Guide
What You’ll Need
- Room Temperature Eggs
- Fresh Ingredient For Your Chosen Colors
For Blue, Try: Blueberries, Red Cabbage or Grape Juice
For Yellow, Try: Carrots, Turmeric or Cumin
For Red, Try: Red Onion Skins, Cherries or Paprika
For Green, Try: Spinach Leaves
For Purple, Try: Grape Juice
(Colors will vary depending on amount used, color of eggs and time left in dye)
- If you are using a solid ingredient, such as cabbage, chop it up into small pieces and add to a pot with four cups of water. You will use approximately two cups of dyeing agent per four cups of water.
- Bring to a boil and add your eggs.
- When eggs are cooked and color has released from the dyeing agent, remove from dye and set aside.
- Strain dye into a container with two tablespoons of vinegar and two tablespoons of salt. Mix well and carefully add eggs back to the dye.
- Cover and allow eggs to refrigerate overnight in the solution to yield more vibrant colors.
- For liquid ingredients, such as grape juice, mix with salt and vinegar and add to container. Carefully add a pre-cooked egg, cover and refrigerate overnight.
- To make your color pop even more, rub a small amount of olive oil over the dry, colored shells. This gives them a glossy shine!