Have you ever tried coloring eggs with vegetable scraps like onion skins and beets? This Easter, turn on nature’s color by using the scraps and food you already have on hand. It’s a springy craft project to do with family. PLUS if you’ve forgotten to pick up dye for this weekend, our recipe will save you from a last minute run to the store. Hey mama, we’ve all been there.
Make this craft extra fun by letting the kids pick out foods to try, and have everyone guess what color the egg will turn out after dyeing. Spoiler alert: when you use red cabbage scraps on a white egg, it turns out blue! Guessing beforehand is sure to create laughs and fun for the whole family.
Keep in mind, the effect of natural dyes vary depending on how concentrated your dye is, what color egg you use, and how long and how many times the eggs are immersed in the dye. Ready to get started? Here’s what you need to dye your own Easter eggs this year:
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Boiling Water
- Anything in the fridge you think will give your eggs color. Take the time to experiment with this! Hint: Different Norm’s Farms supplements will create different egg colors 😉.
- Mix your dye material (coffee, turmeric, etc.) in a cup with boiling water and drop in a tablespoon of vinegar.
- Let your egg sit in the cup of dye overnight in the refrigerator.
- The next morning pull your eggs out and dry them with a towel.
- Voila! Your eggs are dyed, and ready for the Easter Bunny.
What We Used to Dye Easter Eggs
We rummaged through our fridge this week and found red cabbage, coffee, green tea, turmeric, and of course our Elderberry Extract, our Elderberry Blueberry Children’s Formula, and our ElderCran Extract. We soaked the eggs and left them in their solutions overnight, but you can also pull the eggs out at various times to get an array of color vibrancy. Pro tip: err on the side of more material rather than less when creating your dye for more vibrant colors.
Happy Easter from all of us at the farm! We hope your family has a fun-filled spring.