Dyeing Easter Eggs is a tradition that actually dates back several centuries. Many of the traditions revolving around Easter eggs relate to Christianity and are a symbol of "new life."
This year, rather than buying an egg dyeing kit, that most people purchase to make brightly colored eggs, consider the method people originally used and choose natural foods and materials to color your eggs. In today's economy, this is a sensible decision as well as a health-oriented decision. Many egg dyeing kits contain coloring additives that can possibly cause health problems.
Naturally dyed eggs take a little longer to absorb colors but the results are beautiful and the colors softer. There are two methods for dyeing hard-boiled eggs. The Hot method is done by coloring the eggs while they are boiled into hard-boiled eggs. The Cold method employs the use of already "boiled" solutions that you have allowed to cool for use when dyeing eggs with children. Both methods involve boiling separate solutions for each color. Whenever I dye eggs naturally, I usually chose only three or four colors to simplify things.
How to get Colors when Dyeing Naturally:
- Red - Red onion skins, Cherries, Red Cabbage
- Orange - Yellow onion skins, Chili powder
- Green - Spinach, Grass (lt. green)
- Blue - Blueberries
- Yellow - Lemon peel, Carrot tops, Cumin, Tumeric
- Pink - Beets, Cranberry juice, Raspberries, Grape juice
- Purple - Red onion skins
- Brown - Coffee, Tea
Obviously, you will have to experiment a little and, sometimes, it is a surprise. Add white vinegar to each solution to ensure good absorption of colors.