DIY Egg Dye
Time: 1-2 hours, including dyeing of eggs
List of ingredients:
2 dozen boiled eggs
1 cup of red onion skins [saved from approximately 2-3 onions] (red)
1 large beet, diced (magenta)
1 cup of blueberries (purple)
3 tbs turmeric (yellow – orange)
2 cups of spinach (light green)
2 cups of chopped red cabbage (blue)
2 tea bags (brown)
Approx. 2 cups of white vinegar (each dye will use approx. ¼ cup, so enough for the number of dyes you choose to create)
Wide-mouthed cups or jars for dipping eggs in dye
The basics are pretty simple.
1 – For each color, sans the turmeric, shred or finely chop ingredients and place on the stove in a pot covered in about an inch of water and ¼ cup of white vinegar.
2 – Quickly bring to a boil, and then reduce heat and let simmer from anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour. Longer simmer times mean a darker hue.
3 – After the dye has cooled, pour into jars or cups and begin dyeing by dropping your eggs gently inside the color.
4 – Leave eggs in dye for at least 10 minutes for a lighter hue, and longer if you want a richer, darker color.
Create patterns, colors while cooking
If you’d like to take your eggs to the next level, we also experimented dyeing with the eggs wrapped in onion skins and herbs.
What you’ll need:
A teaspoon or so of uncooked rice
Yellow and red onion skins
A few feet of twine
Several 6” x 6” squares of muslin or cotton fabric (one for each egg you intend to boil & dye)
1 – Wrap uncooked eggs in muslin lined with different patterns of yellow and red onion skins, fresh herbs and uncooked rice.
2 – Tie gently with string or twine.
3 – Drop in to boiling water and boil completely covered with water for 15 minutes on medium.
4 – Remove from water and let eggs sit in wraps for 30 minutes before removing.
5 – Let dry before eating or hiding or sharing.