I previously posted on dyeing Easter eggs using natural dyes, as opposed to synthetic ones, but hadn’t actually dyed my eggs yet this year. Well, today I did and they came out as gorgeous as ever.
In the photo above, counter-clockwise from the darkest, here are my natural Easter egg dyes:
- Cranberry Pomegranate juice
- Turmeric and tea
- Tea was simply a 3/4 mug of water with a tablespoon or so of white vinegar, teaspoon of sea salt and 4 Tetley tea bags, heated in the microwave for 2 minutes. I let it cool for about 10 minutes and soaked the egg for 15 minutes. I saved the tea dye for the next egg:
- Turmeric: A cup of water, a splash of white vinegar, a teaspoon of sea salt and 2 tablespoons of turmeric, heated in a small saucepan for 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 and immersed egg for 15.
- Cranberry Pomegranate juice: Ocean Spray juice and a splash of vinegar, simmered in small saucepan for 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 and added egg for 15
- Turmeric and Tea: See step for just turmeric. Let soak in turmeric for 5, dried off and added to tea for 5, dried off and added back to turmeric for 5.
The cranberry pomegranate didn’t come out as richly as I’d hoped but with the price of POM Pomegranate juice nowadays, I couldn’t justify using the real deal. And let’s face it, we all know that the Ocean Spray juices are mostly apple juice, right? I still love them, but let’s not kid ourselves.
Some other things you can use when dyeing your eggs:
- Purple cabbage
- Grape juice
- Red onion skins
So there’s the photographic proof of my Easter eggs using natural dyes. I worked simply with what I had on hand and am quite happy with the outcome. I’d love to see your results so be sure to post a link in the comments if you try them.