Eco-Friendly Easter Eggs

DIY, Hive Life | February 1, 2018

Make your own natural dyes

Easter is right around the corner and that means it’s time to jazz up your eggs with a rainbow of hues. If you’re looking for a way to clean up the toxic part of this family tradition, check out our ideas below for making your own natural egg dye colorings. From blueberries to beets, these dyes are beautiful and eco-friendly.

 

What you will need:

  • white eggs (preferably free range, grain fed)
  • 2 cups beets (chopped into cubes)
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of ground turmeric
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 large head of shredded red cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar for each dye

STEP 1

Decide on your color palette:

blue – blueberries
aqua – red cabbage
yellow – turmeric
pink – beets
green – spinach
purple – blackberries

STEP 2

Boil the eggs. Everyone has a preferred method. We recommend the following: Fill a pot with water and add eggs. Add a tablespoon of salt. Make sure water is covering the tops of the eggs. Bring water to a rolling boil. Turn off heat (if you have a stove that doesn’t retain heat, turn heat to low). Cover eggs and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Transfer eggs to bowl to cool.

STEP 3

While eggs are boiling, you can start boiling down some of your dyes. Add produce or spices to pot. Add water – make sure water covers the surface of the fruit or vegetables. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until the dye has reached the desired color.

STEP 4

Pour dye through a strainer into glass jar or bowl (scoop out the large bits first to make the straining easier). Stir 2 tablespoons of white vinegar into your dye. Gently lower egg into dye using spoon or tongs.

 

Tips for dying:

  • Beets, turmeric, and red cabbage are stronger dyes and therefore create more intense colors. (Be patient with the red cabbage. The egg needs to soak for several hours to achieve intense color.)
  • The spinach produced a very soft color – more of a green tint than a dye.
  • If you leave the eggs in the dye for hours without moving or stirring they collect air bubbles. The air bubbles give them unique patterns.
  • The final dyed eggs developed a texture from the film/fine pulp in the natural dyes.
  • Beets dyed the eggs orange after 20 minutes, and pink after several hours.
  • Results will vary from egg to egg.
  • Some eggs lost their color intensity after several hours of drying.

 

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