Sunday, April 17, 2011

Make your Own Natural Easter Egg Dyes with these Easy Recipes

Want to colour eggs with the kids but without the chemicals? You might think certified food dyes are fine but even these can include petroleum derivatives. We've found some easy recipes for making your egg dyes with things from around your kitchen that are a whole lot safer -- think onions, beetroot, lemons and carrots.

Post by Louise

Making your own egg dyes may take a wee bit long than dropping tablets into water, but it'll be well worth it.

We found these clever recipes at and more details can be found there. Some of the dyes are boiled with the eggs (as noted). If you are using juice, just use it straight. Bulky materials will be boiled with the eggs or boiled and allowed to cool for dipping. Don't forget to draw on the eggs with crayon for a batik effect or use rubber bands for lines. Another great idea is to rub your dyed eggs with vegetable oil when dry for a glossy look.

Red onion skins, use a lot (boil with eggs)
Pomegranate juice

Yellow onion skins (boil with eggs)

Lemon or orange peel (boil with eggs)
Carrot tops (boil with eggs)
Celery seed (boil with eggs)
Ground cumin (boil with eggs)
Ground turmeric (boil with eggs)

Yellow Brown
Dill seeds (boil with eggs)

Strong coffee
Instant coffee
Black walnut shells (boil with eggs)

Yellow Green
Bright green apple peels (boil with eggs)

Spinach leaves (boil with eggs)

Canned blueberries and their juice
Red cabbage leaves (boil with eggs)
Purple grape juice

Violet Blue
Violet blossoms
Red onion skins, less amount than you need to make red (boil with eggs)

Diluted purple grape juice
Violet blossoms plus squeeze of lemon (boil with eggs)

Beets, fresh or canned
Cranberries or cranberry juice
Red grape juice

For more green living ideas, visit our eco boutique Lavish & Lime where you can learn about non-toxic and eco-friendly alternatives for a healthier life and a healthier planet. If you have any thoughts or ideas about Easter crafts or dyeing eggs, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you.

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