Easter egg dyes with all natural ingredients and flower stencils! Sounds lovely! The children and I wanted to dye Easter eggs for Easter this year! I have fond memories of dyeing eggs as a little girl and want to make sure I pass on fun traditions like this to my own children. I've seen many different ways to dye eggs across the internet, but I keep coming back to the natural dyes from ingredients that are in our own kitchen.
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We gathered our ingredients:
- Red Onion Skins
- Chili Powder
- Red Cabbage
- White distilled vinegar
We covered all of these with water in their individual pots and let boil for about 15 minutes. After boiling we added 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Our son hated this part because he hates the smell of vinegar. We set the hard boiled eggs gently into the homemade dye and left them overnight in the fridge.
The next day we took our eggs out of the natural dye solutions and *here's where I made a mistake!* The eggs were slimy feeling so we rinsed the eggs off...MISTAKE! Don't do that! It took the color off of our eggs. Our beet colored eggs had previously been a nice rose pink but after I rinsed them they were a pale pink. Boo! The same happened with the Red Cabbage and one Paprika egg before I realized my error.
While these naturally dyed eggs were OK...the kids wanted to try again and this time without rinsing them. We also ran across the idea to place a flower or greenery on the egg and then wrapping the egg in pantyhose. This gives a stenciled look. So, we gave it a try.
For the stencil we used:
- Cherry Tree blossoms
- Pansy Flowers
- Greenery from a Juniper bush
You can use any flower or greenery you have so long as they are no larger than your egg. You can use:
- Herbs (rosemary, thyme, chives, dill, ect)
- Vegetable Greenery (celery leaves, potato vine leaves, pepper leaves, ect)
- Shrub Greenery (holly, boxwood, camellia, ect.)
This time we chose to make dye from:
- Red Cabbage
We repeated the process of boiling each of these in water and then adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar. The children placed the eggs gently in the dye solutions and then we let them sit overnight in the fridge.
This batch of dyed eggs was by far prettier. We did not make the mistake of rinsing the slime of and instead let them air dry. After drying completely I cut the pantyhose away and pulled the flowers and greenery off.
Our daughter was so pleased with the results! She handled each egg ever so gently as she placed them into our serving bowl. Her favorites were the rose pink eggs made with the Beet dye solution. Our son loved the blue eggs made with the Red Cabbage solution. I loved the vibrant colors we achieved and I was so happy that we learned from our mistakes. What traditions will you share with your children this Easter?