We just had to pass along this all natural Easter egg idea from this month’s Ladies’ Home Journal (what? Heidi Klum was on the cover… she sucked me in). And I’m glad that she did because they compiled a little list of foods & spices that can be used to create all natural Easter egg dyes! Apparently all you have to do is add two cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar to the ingredients below for some eco-friendly egg decorating:
- For orange dye, use 2 tablespoons of paprika.
- Feeling blue? Try 1 and a half cups of blueberries.
- For pink, use 1 cup of chopped fresh beets.
- Keen for green? Use 1 cup of blueberries & 2 tablespoons of turmeric.
To make the dye bath, bring the ingredients to a boil and remove ’em from heat. Cool and strain the liquid into a medium bowl and submerge 4 to 6 hard-cooked eggs into the dye for up to 30 minutes, depending on how deep you want the color to be (soft subtle tones look sweet too!). Remove the eggs from the dye and place them on a cooling rack to dry and drain. Then just pop them in the fridge until they’re ready to use.
We love this idea! And imagine how fun it’ll be for kiddos (and grown-ups alike) to play with veggies, fruits and spices as well as eggs. It’s a smorgasbord of Easter fun and it’s good clean fun at that (no artificial ingredients required). Happy (yes I did just resist the urge to write “hoppy”) Easter everyone!
Psst – We tried dying eggs two years later for Clara’s Easter basket! You can see how it worked out here!