How to Make Your Own Chemical Free Easter Egg Dyes

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As a mom, I’m not too crazy about all the toxins that are lurking in those little tablets, nor what they might be leeching into the eggs that we eat for days after the holiday. So this year I thought it would be fun to share some DIY Easter egg dye instructions for all of you moms (and dads!) who keep your homes as non-toxic as possible, or for those who just want to experiment with a new way to color Easter eggs.

Here are some recipes for dyes:

Blue-Gray:

Add 1 cup frozen blueberries to 1 cup cold water, allow to come to room temperature and remove blueberries

Blue:

Chop 1/4 head of red cabbage and add to 4 cups boiling water. Mix in 2 tablespoons vinegar and let cool to room temperature before removing cabbage

Jade:

Simmer the skin of 6 red onions in two cups of water for 15 minutes. Remove skins and add 3 teaspoons vinegar

Orange:

Use the skin of 6 yellow onions, simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes. Remove skins and add 3 teaspoons vinegar

Yellow:

Simmer 4 ounces of chopped carrots in 1 1/2 cups water for 15 minutes. Strain and add 2 teaspoons vinegar

Pink: 

Chop 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar and cool to room temperature before removing beets

Lavender:

Combine 1 cup grape juice with 1 tablespoon vinegar

Brown:

Mix 1 cup strong coffee with 1 tablespoon vinegar

To dye eggs:

Once the dyes are room temperature, place the already boiled eggs in the dye and let sit for 15 minutes or longer. Once they’ve achieved the desired color, remove them from the dye and place them on paper towels to dry.

Tips:

  • Use white vinegar unless otherwise noted.
  • The eggs will have a more matte finish, but for a shinier finish you can rub each egg with a bit of olive or coconut oil.
  • For ombre eggs, place eggs upright in a bowl with a small amount of dye. Let sit 15 minutes, add water to raise the level of the dye. Repeat every 15 minutes until eggs are completely submerged in dye.

While these dyes are all natural, they may stain; this is not the time to let your daughter wear her favorite tutu! But do have her put it on and take a picture with your all-natural colored Easter eggs once they’re dry and enter the photo in our monthly photo contest to win a gift certificate. Have you tried any of these recipes? Share your experience with us in the comments below!

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