Today on a whim, I decided to make some natural egg dye for our Easter eggs this year. I looked through my pantry to see what I had available. This was what I found: turmeric, paprika, spinach, canned beets, and black tea. The spinach did not work. I don’t know what happened there but next time I will pick up some chlorophyll room my health food store.
The colors were not very bright, which is expected when using natural food colors but they did come out very pretty. I let them sit in the mason jars for about half an hour. The beet juice did not come out as pink as I would have liked, but next time I will use fresh beets and cook them down to see if that makes a difference.
The turmeric took very well and I really liked how bright it came out
But the paprika speckled one was my favorite. It had a nice burnt orange take to it.
I also bought a small dye kit for the boys because they really wanted some colorful eggs. As you can see above, not many made it out of their butterfingers. They were pretty smashed up by the time we were finishing up. I also boiled some brown eggs just because I think they are beautiful, naturally.
As for decorating, we used stickers, colorful tapes (from the target dollar spot), twine, tissue paper, stamps, and printed card stock. I would have used my hole puncher to make polka dotted ones, however, my hole puncher was M.I.A.
These were the items I used because this was what I had off hand and didn’t want to make a grocery run. Next time, I plan on using the skins of onions, and other teas for color. Feel free to experiment with what you have in your kitchen with your kids and become mini scientists.
- 1 cup of water to 1 tbsp. of turmeric, boiled for about 15 minutes.
- 1 cup hot water to one black tea bag (you can use whatever tea you want. This was what I had I hand. Red zinger tea will add a nice color)
- Beet juice from canned or fresh beets. You can also use any dark colored juice you want, or berries (boil berries for about 15 minutes).
- 1 cup boiled water to 1 tbsp paprika
Add 1 tbsp of vinegar per jar, per cup of colored liquid.
Check out this post by the kitchn to make your own natural colored eggs.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend.