DIY Vegetable Dyed Easter Eggs Instructions

This month many families are planning to dye eggs for Easter. But some families might be cautious about using chemical dyes with their kids to colors eggs. For those parents here's an eco-friendly Easter egg project from the upcoming book "A Garden To Dye For" by Chris McLaughlin.

DIY Vegetable Dyed Easter Eggs

photo credit: A Garden to Dye For

In this DIY projects by Chris McLaughlin, eggs are veggie-dyed using onion skins, berries, turmeric, beets, red cabbage, etc. The colors that veggie-dying creates on eggs is amazing!

Caution: Remember not to use any plant materials that are considered poisonous. Use only what you know to be safe, edible foods (plants) as the assumption is that the eggs will be eaten.

What you’ll need:

• Non-reactive dyepots
• Water
• Stove (if you're using the hot method)
• Glass jars or bowls (for cold method)
• Eggs
• White vinegar
• Dyestuff: onion skins, berries, turmeric, beets, red cabbage, etc.


Hot Dye Method

I like to make my natural dyes (simmer in a pan of water for 15 minutes or so) and then strain out the plant dyestuff so just the liquid remains in the pot. I add my eggs to the pot and add water just so the eggs are covered by about 2" of water. Add 1/8 cup of vinegar, then bring the pot to a boil for 17 - 20 minutes. This method dyes and hard-boils the eggs all at the same time.

Cold Dye Method

Make the dyes by simmering in a pot of water for 20 - 25 minutes. Strain off the dyestuff, add 1/8 cup of water, and let the liquid cool in jars. Once the dye is cool, add an already hard-boiled egg to each dye color and leave them there for at least an hour – but for the most impressive colors, leave them in there up to 10 hours.

Caution: If you decide to let your hard-boiled eggs sit in a dye for longer than 2 hours, they need to be refrigerated for health safety. Don't leave them sitting in the dye container on the counter for hours.

Share with your children, the importance for veggies and also how they can be used to create beautiful dyes for Easter eggs. No more buying over-the-counter dye kits when you can now gets same results using veggies from the produce isle.



For more ideas using natural dyes, take a look at A Garden to Dye For: How to Use Plants from the Garden to Create Natural Colors for Fabrics & Fibers by Chris McLaughlin

A Garden to Dye For shows how super-simple it is to plant and grow a dyer’s garden and create beautiful dyes. Many of these plants may already be in our cutting, cottage or food gardens, ready for double duty. A Garden to Dye For features 40-plus plants that the gardener-crafter can grow for an all-natural, customized color palette. The richly photographed book is divided between the garden and the dye process, with garden layouts, plant profiles, dye extraction and uses, step-by-step recipes and original, engaging DIY projects.


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