5 Ways to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally
I have been very conscious lately about the chemicals my kids consume. I try not to buy food dyes and we eat lots of real foods instead of processed ones. I thought, why not carry that over into our Easter eggs? While I was researching how, I discovered that you can color Easter eggs naturally and chemical free in just a few simple steps.
Even better, you don’t need to buy a bunch of fancy, organic food dyes. Just look in your kitchen for all of the supplies you need to dye your Easter eggs naturally this year. It is so simple, inexpensive, and a great way to embrace a more natural lifestyle. Take a look below for everything you need to know to get started.
:: Beet Juice
Beet juice may not be something you want to drink, but it sure can create some colorful eggs. Use the juice of a can of beats and a little warm water to create the dye. Simply combine the juice and a few tablespoons of hot water in a mug. Stir well. Submerge your egg into the mixture and in no time it will take on a red hue.
Do you have a handful of blueberries you need to use up? All you need to do is squeeze them releasing the juice, then add a few tablespoons of hot water. You don’t even have to strain the berries. Mix well. Submerge your eggs in the mixture and they will talk on a gorgeous lavender/violet hue.
:: Onion Peels
Don’t toss those onion peels! Instead, use them to color your eggs a golden yellow. Use the peels of yellow onions only (the other varieties don’t work as well), boiled in a little water and presto, you have yellow egg dye.
Coffee makes a great egg dye. And while you may not want plain brown Easter eggs, it is the perfect color to use if you want a stencil effect. Place small stickers on your eggs and then dip them in some warm coffee. After soaking for a few minutes, remove the eggs and allow them to dry. Remove the stickers and notice the cool stenciling effect!
:: Cranberry Juice
Want some pretty pink eggs? Then cranberry juice is your friend. Pour a mug full of cranberry juice and soak your eggs in it for a few minutes. The final color will be a pretty pink hue, perfect for the Easter season.
You aren’t going to get the vibrantly bright eggs that you would with food coloring. That brightness only comes with the chemicals. However, with all of these dyes, the longer you soak the egg the deeper and darker the hue will be. You can also try soaking eggs for various intervals so that your eggs come out in a rainbow of colors.