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Kid’s Easter Crafts–All-Natural Egg Dyes

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.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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