This year, for a homeschool experiment, we decided to try to dye eggs naturally. We wondered if we could manage vibrant colors with natural Easter egg dyes and how many colors we might achieve using items we already had on hand in our home. Below you will find out how it went. We are also sharing a fun printable that you can use in your homeschool or with your family to create similar results. Scroll to the bottom to grab your free printout with instructions and formulas for beautiful naturally dyed Easter eggs.
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First things first…
What Does An Egg Have To Do With Easter?
Eggs represent new life and rebirth. The shell of the egg is said to be symbolic of the tomb that Christ was buried in. Rolling Easter Eggs is symbolic of the rolling away of the stone at the tomb of Christ.
What You Will Need For Natural Easter Egg Dyes
- Hard-boiled eggs cooled to room temp. (white and brown for the most color variations)
- 1 cup each of any or all of the following: red cabbage, red onion, yellow onion, and/or shredded beets.
- 2 Tbsp ground turmeric powder
- 4 bags Red Zinger Tea
- White distilled vinegar
- Vegetable Oil
- Tape and a pen to label jars or bowls
How To Naturally Dye Your Easter Eggs
See above for color formulas and don’t forget to print your free instruction packet.
- Pour one and a half cups of water plus the specified amount of whichever natural ingredient you are using into a pot.
- Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer until you reach a color slightly darker than what you want your egg to be. (Usually between 20 & 30 minutes.)
- Allow to cool some and then strain the liquid into a jar or bowl and refrigerate until completely cooled. (Remember to label your jar or bowl with the ingredient name.)
- Add 1 – 2 Tbsps of white vinegar and stir.
- Add hard-boiled eggs and return to the refrigerator.
- Let steep until you have achieved the color you like. 30 minutes to overnight. (Note: Removing from the liquid and allowing eggs to dry completely before returning them to the liquid achieves darker results than just allowing them to sit.)
- Once you have the colors you want remove them from the liquid and let them dry on a rack.
- Finally, rub with vegetable oil and store in the fridge until time to hide and/or eat them.
*Adult supervision is required for most age groups.
Tips on Natural Egg Dyes
We learned a few things worth sharing. The white eggs produce much more vibrant hues as expected. It may be worth it to double your dye depending on how many eggs you want to dye. We found using tongs and wide-mouth mason jars was the easiest way to get full coverage on your eggs. We agreed that the red cabbage made the most amazing colors but found all of our eggs to be lovely. A great recipe to use up all these eggs is curry egg salad from NY Times Cooking.
Grab Your Natural Egg Dye Packet Here!
You may also enjoy our Easter Story Snack Mix
Learn how to make Easter Story Snack mix here.
Wishing you a beautiful and blessed Easter!
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