Easter is just around the corner, and to avoid making the same mistake last year of waiting until the day before to dye eggs with the kids, I started a whole week earlier. I started making and using natural dyes last year and I love how it has turned out and it was pretty simple to cook up. To be honest it’s simple to make, but requires some time especially if you are going to want more than one color, that’s why four color choices was my max. This year however, I decided to add a new to me technique. By using cut up pantyhose to wrap over delicate flora, tying it off with twine and then dunking it in the dye, you get a unique imprint on the egg. Below is the color guide and ratio I used for our dyed eggs, I doubled the recipe and was able to dye 18 eggs. For best results soak the eggs overnight, these 1 liter Weck’s jar worked really well, they can hold about 2 cups dye solution and several eggs each. Also, parsley and cilantro leaves make really good imprints, but by any means feel free to experiment.
Color Guide + notes:
Gold: 2 tablespoon turmeric + 1 cup water + 1 tablespoon vinegar ( I did not strain the turmeric)
Blue: 1 cup shredded red cabbage + 1 cup water (no vinegar)
Red: 1 cup grated beets + 1 cup water + 1 tablespoon vinegar
Lavender: 1 cup frozen grapes (these were saved from our last backyard grape harvest) + 1 cup water + 1 tablespoon vinegar. Since the dye had natural sugars from the grape, it left cool crystals on the eggs and made them sparkle allover.
To make the dye, boil dye matter and water for about 10 minutes, then strain, and pour dye solution into jar and let cool.
I hope your Easter is filled with family, love, and lots chocolate of bunnies.