Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

I wasn’t going to dye Easter eggs with my little {almost} 2 year old this year. But I was home all day the Friday before Easter, and decided to get crafty! I wanted to take a try at dying eggs naturally anyhow! Some people may want to do this as they don’t want to use the commercial dyes for a health purpose, some for a consumerism purpose, others (like me) just like to see what types of things they can DIY (along with those before mentioned as well!) There are many foods you can use to naturally dye eggs, this time around I used things we had around the house! 

Well with the addition of one extra thing…. beets. Beets are one veggie that I just can’t find a place in my heart for, the smell alone makes me queasy. But I passed them in the store as we were headed to the register the other day and in the back of my mind thought they would be good if I did in fact get the energy to dye Easter eggs (otherwise they would live in the back of my cupboard forever or donated!)

Dying Easter eggs naturally really isn’t difficult work, just a little more time consuming than using commercial dye kits.

Here are the ingredients we used:
– 1c. Yellow onion peels
– 1 can beets, chopped
– 1c. Spinach, chopped
– 1 pint Blueberries
– 2 Tbs. Turmeric

Directions:
– Put 2-3 cups water in a pot, stir in 1 tsp. of salt, add in 1 ingredient per pot.
– Boil for about 15 minutes. Watch water levels! (mine got a little too low and I needed to add more water which may have diluted my colors some as I didn’t let it boil again for 15 minutes after adding water)
– Once desired color is achieved, remove from heat and strain
– Add 2 tbs of white vinegar and allow to cool completely
– Take hard boil eggs and drop them in!

I used little plastic cups that I could label with marker to hold my dye. I varied the amount of time I left them in, some for less than 5 minutes, others I left in for a few hours. The longer left, the darker the color. My favorite was blueberries and yellow onion!

I would have loved to try red cabbage which would give a pretty blue-green or hibiscus tea which would give you a nice purple, and maybe raspberries? Next time!

Have you tried naturally dying eggs? What were your favorite ingredients to use?

Here’s to living a life that makes your soul smile,

♥ Kaley