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How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs
By: Candace Liccione for Inspired at Home
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To find out if an egg is raw or hard boiled, spin it on its side. A raw egg will wobble unsteadily and a hardboiled egg will spin easily.
Bring beets and water to boil. Simmer at low heat for 15 minutes. Cool and strain and add vinegar.
1 package frozen or fresh blueberries
Bring blueberries and water to a boil. Crush berries with a fork. Lower heat and simmer 15 minutes. Cool and strain into a cheese cloth lined strainer.
2 cups packed onion skins
Bring onion skins and water to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool and strain. (Note: you do not use vinegar when making the onion dye) Onion skins do not create much color but are fun to do.
Turmeric makes a good egg dye. Use 2 tablespoons of turmeric and follow above instructions. Be careful in handling turmeric as it stains easily. Protect your countertops and wash out your sink right away. Also, protect your hands otherwise they might turn a pretty shade of yellow too!
Red/Pink – fresh beets, canned or frozen cherries, crushed cranberries
Light Orange – yellow onion skins
Light yellow – lemon and orange peels or ground cumin
Light green – spinach
Blue – crushed blueberries or red cabbage leaves – that’s right! Red cabbage makes blue dye! (pre-boil leaves for 30 minutes) (photo note: blueberry dye on brown egg and two natural brown eggs)
Beige - coffee
If you liked this project, you can find it and several more in our Easter Eggs: Easter Egg Designs, Tips for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs, Egg Recipes free eBook!
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