This year, try coloring Easter eggs naturally with ingredients you probably already have in your fridge or pantry. It’s a fun activity to do with the family, and even more fun when you make the dyes yourself! Here are a handful of tips to help you on your way…
Eggs, egg carton, pot(s) or saucepan(s), water, white vinegar, slotted spoon and natural materials (see below).
Optional: string, cheese cloth squares, vegetable oil
BASIC EGG COLORING HOW-TO’S:
- Gently wash eggs with soapy water and dry.
- To make each dye, add your desired material to 1 quart of water and 2 Tbsp. of white vinegar in a pot or saucepan. Add a single layer of eggs to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 15–20 minutes and remove pot from burner.
- If you like the color as is, dab off excess dye with a paper towel and set the eggs on a rack to dry. To deepen the color, leave eggs in the pot until cool. To get even richer shades, put cool eggs in a bowl, strain the dye water and pour it over the eggs. Store submerged eggs in the fridge overnight.