Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Natural Easter Egg Dyeing
This year I tried a Green twist on Easter egg dyeing. I googled Natural Easter Dye and came up with several sites that had recipes. So, I dove in and tried it. One thing that I realized when doing this -- is that it takes awhile for the dye to adhere to the egg. The longer you soak it, the better results you will get. I read that some suggested leaving overnight to soak.
As a mom....knowing the kids would rather see instant results to be able to be more creative with their egg dyeing...sometimes it is better to use the store tablets. However, the beet juice did work pretty well. I think if you were to make your dyes in advance and make them more potent, it might work out more beneficial for the impatient child!
To Make Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs:
What you will need:
Natural dyeing agents (red cabbage, turmeric, onion skins, beets, blueberries, orange peels, and coffee)
3-quart pot (or larger)
Large metal spoon
Green – spinach powder or parsely powder ( green was a difficult color to do for us -- I ended up blending fresh spinach and vinegar in our vitamix and then straining it...it worked fairly well)