All Natural Egg Dyes

Classic egg dyeing is fun, but a lot of people have started to question exactly what is in the famed tablet dyes.  There are some questionable chemicals in these dyes, which while effective, may be unsafe.  This is where our next craft comes into play.  It’s a pretty simple one, but beware: THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART CRAFTER.  This craft is rather difficult, and the results are questionable in my experience.  Here’s what we wanna do.

What you need:

  • 1 cup of your selected fruit or vegetable
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp. of white vinegar

Step 1: Chop or mash your selected fruit or vegetable.  Some of the best have been kale, spinach, blueberries, turmeric, red cabbage, and red onion skins.

Step 2: Mix your vegetable or fruit with 1 cup of water in a pot, and put the pot on medium to boil for 5-10 minutes covered.  After 5-10 minutes, remove from heat and let cool.

Step 3: Once cooled, add 1 tbsp. of white vinegar to your dye.

Step 4: Drop an egg into your dye.  White and brown eggs will have varying color results. The eggs will need to sit for 24-48 hours in order to fully absorb the natural dye.  Frankly, this is a pain in the ass.  Consider yourself warned: the result is not always what you would hope.  It can be a gamble depending upon your vegetable or fruit of choice.  Best of luck, crafters!  Happy Easter!

 

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