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Kid’s Easter Crafts–All-Natural Egg Dyes

Date
Apr, 13, 2017

By Fredrica Syren:

Ahh, spring is here — or at least we’re getting a hint of it. Of course, the Easter holiday is a sure sign it’s natural dyes eggsjust around the corner. Nothing says Easter more than dying eggs with kids, and in my family we use all-natural coloring made from natural ingredients like herbs and spices, which make great dyes. The fun part is that, when using these kinds of ingredients, you never know what kind of colors the end result will be. So you have to be more open as well as patient because natural egg dyes take a bit longer to dry, sometimes overnight.

Yellow onion skins = Yellow to dark orange

Turmeric or cumin = Bright yellow

Spirulina = Bright Greenpainting eggs

Red beets = Pink to red

Red onion skins = Pale purple to red

Red cabbage = Blue (strange, but true)

Spinach = Green

Purple grape juice (use as is) = Lavender

Coffee (use as is) = Tan to brown

Chili powder = Orange

Raspberries or blackberries = Pink to purple

Yellow or green apple peels = Yellow-green

Beet Juice or powder=Pink to purple

Directions:

Boil 2 cups of water with 2 Tbsp. of an ingredient from the above list. Reduce to a simmer until water is the color of your choice. Cool water before using. Add hard-boiled eggs to the dye and let them soak until desired color is reached.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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