Easter Eggs & Natural Dye

I love the Easter holidays – they always coincide with Spring and for me signify the transition from winter to spring. One of my favorite Easter traditions includes dyeing easter eggs. I’ve taken this beloved childhood tradition and made it “more adult” by  experimenting with natural dyes for my eggs.  Last year I used red cabbage to make a beautiful robin’s egg blue color and created details with leaves and herbs.  This year I wanted to continue my natural dye adventures and added yellow and green easter eggs to my repertoire.  I think they turned out beautifully so read on to see how I made them.


Blue 

Ingredients
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 shredded red cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Directions

For directions on how to make the blue dye head on over to last year’s blog post!

This dye makes a perfect robin’s egg blue that deepens the longer you keep the eggs in. I left mine in for thirty and got this lighter blue color. The longer you leave it in the richer the color.


Yellow

Ingredients
  • 4 cups of water
  • 5 tablespoons of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar

Directions

Combine the vinegar and water into a medium size pot. Heat the contents and just before the water boils add in the turmeric powder. Mix until fully dissolved. That’s it!

This dye produces a beautiful spring yellow color after about 20 minutes to 25 minutes in the dye. When you’ve reached your desired color of choice take them out and lightly rinse them with cold water to take off any residual turmeric powder.


Green 

Ingredients
  • Yellow numeric dye
  • Blue cabbage dye

Directions

Follow the steps to dye your egg yellow. After about 20 minutes, transition the egg from the yellow dye to the blue dye. I left mine in  for 10 to 15 minutes which gave me a bright spring green. You can experiment with the shades of green you get here by leaving in the eggs in for different periods of time. The longer the egg sits in the blue the deeper the green. Just be sure not to transition the egg from the blue dye back to the yellow dye!


Next year I will try some pinks and oranges – but for now I am going to enjoy how amazing these easter eggs turned out. I’m not sure why, but looking at them brings such a smile to my face. If you try this out let me know how your Easter Eggs turn out! I’d also love to hear about other ingredients I can use to make different colors so share them in the comments below.

 

Christina has always felt like an old soul and is a lover of tradition and all things vintage. A typical Libra, she loves beauty and is always trying to balance her love of cozy nights at home with her adventurous spirit (23 countries and counting). By day she works for an international accounting firm. By night she works on her blog, My Petite Joys. On her site, you’ll find her featuring topics on travel (near and far), baking adventures, crafting, and thoughts on life’s simple joys. She lives in Chicago with her husband and high school sweet heart Ted.  In her spare time she enjoys bookmaking, watching documentaries, and yoga.

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