Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally - Part One

How to Dye Easter Eggs NaturallyDyeing eggs with items found in your kitchen and garden produces subtle and beautifully patterned edible eggs. My eggs came out looking like marble. Experiment for different looks.

This is a great project to do with the kids. It’s a science experiment that makes people realize not everything has to come in a kit or mix. It’s back to nature at its best!

Just be sure not to use any toxic plants if you source items from your garden as I did.

Naturally-dyed Easter eggs are eggstra-fun because:

• The eggs are dyed while they boil;
• The results are unpredictable, so it’s fun experimenting;
• The dye media are (mostly) free;
• The eggs are less likely to crack while boiling because they’re cushioned.

How to Dye Easter Eggs NaturallySupplies

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally• 1 doz. raw eggs
• Cheesecloth or other thin loose-weave fabric cut into twelve 6-inch squares
• Kitchen or any un-dyed twine
• Scissors
• Small pans to dye the eggs in – a separate pan for each color

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally• White vinegar
• Dye media – the best items I found were (from best down)

1. Red onion skins
2. Saffron threads
3. Flowers from a (non-toxic) tree in my garden
4. Brown onion skins
5. Red cabbage leaves

• Optional – masking items to create un-dyed areas like small white flowers, small ferns and leaves
• Kitchen tongs
• Paper towels
• Optional – vegetable oil for sheen

Please come back tomorrow for instructions on How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally.

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