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How to Dye Easter Eggs With Natural Ingredients

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You don't need a kit that's filled with unnatural dyes to create an Easter egg display that's beautiful. In fact, we think the most beautiful Easter eggs are ones that come in hues directly from nature.

Here's our easy egg dying tutorial that uses items you probably already have in your kitchen.

In this tutorial we created two different colors: a deep purple and a yellow. 

To make the purple: 
Chop up 2 cups of Red cabbage and add to a small pot. Cover with water and bring to a rolling boil. Let cool for a few minutes and then strain out the cabbage and pour dye into a glass. Add 1 tbsp of white vinegar and mix.

Turmeric and Cabbage Easter Egg Dye
To make the yellow:
Pour two cups of hot water into a glass and mix in 1 tbsp of turmeric and 2 tbsp of white vinegar. Mix well. 

There are a lot of other colors you can make using ingredients from your kitchen!

Here are a few other ideas:
1 cup red onion skins for lavender or red eggs
1 cup shredded beets for pink (on white) or maroon (on brown) eggs
1 cup white onion skins for orange
1 cup of deeply steeped Earl Grey tea for brown

Natural Egg Dye Technique
You can skip the designs in place of solid color eggs, but we used painter's tape in this tutorial to create a few shapes on ours. Using a crayon also works if you want to let children draw their own designs or write their names on an egg.

Making Patterns for Easter Eggs Using Painter's Tape

Achieving the color you want will take some testing! For deeper hues, especially on brown eggs, you may want to let eggs sit in their dye overnight. Take your eggs out every once in awhile to see how the color is setting. You can always pop them back into the dye for a more vibrant hue!

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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