The other day I was browsing around Pinterest and came across a very interesting idea: naturally dyed Easter eggs. I prefer most things in my life to be natural rather than artificial (think food, makeup, and even cleaning supplies), so this creative idea really caught my eye. It’s a unique twist on your traditionally dyed Easter eggs, only using foods, spices, and plants. In fact, it turned into a bit of a science experiment. I found myself mixing different dyes, letting some eggs soak longer than others, and even discovering how to create a marbleized look.
Take a peek below to see all the steps I used to make my naturally dyed Easter eggs. My only rule? Think outside of the box…
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
- Red onion
- White onion
- Purple cabbage
- Whole carrots (with stems)
- Hard boil eggs in water.
- Then, add each ingredient to 2 cups of water and boil it for about 10-15 minutes. Let they cool to about room temp. (This speeds up the dyeing process and makes the water a more saturated color.)
- Soak an egg in each cup of water to dye, like you would normally dye eggs. I did several versions of each egg, varying the time I let it soak. For example, I had three saffron eggs soaking and took one out at an hour, one out at two hours, and one out at three hours to get different levels of saturation.
- Take your eggs out of the dye when they’ve reached the desired color.
Tip: Dyes like saffron and cabbage worked quickly (only a few minutes), and others like carrot tops and beets took hours.
Carrot Stem Leaves
The photos of my naturally dyed eggs turned out beautifully, thanks to my favorite photographer Yoni. I even tried mixing some of the dyes and it resulted in really pretty marbleized eggs. You can take your decorating a step further by embellishing them after they are dyed. Stay tuned for some sparkly egg decoration inspiration that will be posted here on the blog tomorrow!
What natural foods and spices will you use to dye your eggs?
Take a photo of your naturally dyed eggs and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #LCeastereggs. My team will take a look and maybe even give your photo a “like.”