Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs – Yay or Nay?

This is my first Easter as a Mommy, and one thing that we have been trying to do in our home since having our little one is to use more natural products, not only are they less harmful to the environment, but they do not have harsh chemicals which can cause a variety of reactions.

With Easter just around the corner, and a tradition of decorating eggs, I knew I wanted to do something that would still be fun by using products that we had around the house and would still make pretty coloured eggs.

Naturally dyed eggs using herbs, fruits and veggies will not only look great but provide a beautiful natural fragrance. I will admit that the perfectionist in me was a little worried at first because when using the traditional egg decorating kits that involve brightly coloured artificial dyes, you 9 times out of 10 times get the perfect even coated coloured egg; and how would these naturally dyed eggs look? Well, I was more than pleasantly surprised, they are so beautiful with their imperfections. With lines, ridges, and uneven colour, they are the complete opposite of artificially dyed eggs, but I think the beauty of each egg is how unique each one can be! So my vote is most definitely YAY!!

For my first attempt I used: Red Cabbage, Red Onions, Blueberries, and Turmeric.

You can also use products such as red wine, fruit juice, beets, or any fruits/veggies that appear to have high pigmentation. Vinegar is added to help the eggshells absorb the colour, and as a safe bet, use a ½ teaspoon of white vinegar for every ½ cup of liquid.

What I loved the most was that each egg turned out slightly unique, even in the same batch the pattern emerged differently.

NATURALLY DYED EASTER EGG RECIPES:

PURPLE EGGS:

  • Simmer 1 cup of BLUEBERRIES with 3 cups of WATER for 10 minutes
  • Mash the blueberries
  • Add in 4 teaspoons of VINEGAR
  • Transfer to container and steep HARD BOILED EGGS in the mix for at least one hour, best results are leaving overnight

YELLOW EGGS:

  • Mix 2 tablespoon of POWERED TURMERIC with 3 cups of BOILING WATER
  • Add in 4 teaspoons of VINEGAR
  • Transfer to container and steep HARD BOILED EGGS in the mix for at least two hours, best results are leaving overnight

BLUE EGGS:

  • Simmer ¾ cup of chopped RED CABBAGE with 4 cups of WATER for ten minutes
  • Add 6 teaspoons of VINEGAR
  • Boil EGGS in the cabbage mix for 15 minutes and remove from heat
  • Remove cabbage mix from the water
  • Transfer eggs and water to container, add new chopped cabbage to water
  • Steep EGGS for at least 6 hours, best results are leaving overnight

BROWN EGGS:

  • Simmer 2 RED ONION SKINS with 4 cups of WATER for ten minutes
  • Add 6 teaspoons of VINEGAR
  • Boil EGGS in the onion skins for 15 minutes and remove from heat
  • Transfer to container and steep EGGS for at least 6 hours, best results are leaving overnight

QUICK TIPS:

  • For a glossy finish add a little olive or coconut oil to the egg
  • If you want to add an almost wood grain pattern, cover the eggs in yellow onion skins, wrap with muslin material and steep in whichever colour you would like.
  • If you would like to have a leaf design on an egg, add a little water to a coriander leaf, place it on the egg, wrap with muslin material and steep in whichever colour you would like.

Have you tried dying eggs or material with natural food-based colours? How did they turn out? Which colours worked best for you?

Add pictures of your Easter Eggs in the comments below!