It’s the night before Easter and you forgot to buy the egg dying kit. Don’t worry! There’s no need to make an extra trip to the store to try find a kit that hasn’t been sold out yet. There are so many ways to decorate your Easter eggs without using store bought dyes. You probably already have food items that will dye your eggs naturally such as spinach, cabbage, and tea bags. So here’s how to do it:
1 cup raw beets (orange-red)
1 cup red onion skins (brown/beige)
2 cups fresh spinach (blue-green)
1 small head of red cabbage chopped (blue)
1 tablespoons turmeric (yellow)
Boil each ingredients separately in four cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Strain the dyes and allow to cool before dipping your eggs in. the longer you leave the eggs in the richer the colors.
Another great way to color your eggs are with tea bags. The colors won’t be as vibrant as the other food dyes but you will get soft and lovely colors. For every 8 ounces of water add 4-5 teabags to steep. Add 2 teaspoons of vinegar and dunk your eggs in and leave for about 4 hours to get a strong color. You can use a variety of teas such as English Breakfast tea, green tea, peppermint tea, and any other kinds of tea bags you may have laying around.
Herbs and Flower Stencils
Make easy natural stencils using herbs and flowers. Place the herb or flower on your egg and wrap a piece of nylon stocking around the egg and tie back with a rubber band. Dip the eggs into your natural food dyes, tea, or your regular egg dyes. Pull out and let dry for a couple of minutes before pulling the nylon and soggy foliage off.
A great way to get beautiful and vibrant colored eggs is to use shaving cream! Spread shaving cream on a cookie sheet and drop food coloring on to it. Swirl it with a straw and place the eggs in the mixture. Allow for the eggs to sit for 10 minutes on each side then rinse off the shaving cream. You’ll have awesome tie-dye looking Easter eggs.
Just don’t dye them! Instead, try paint, markers, glitter, beads, and yarn. You can get really creative without dipping your eggs. Try rolling thin strips of colorful paper using a pencil and gluing them onto your Eggs, forming different patterns. Better yet, try a combination of things! Dye them and paint them or use markers and glitter. There are endless possibilities for yours eggs, try them out and arrange them on your table for a colorful and festive centerpiece.