There’s something very un-Spring-like about using synthetic dyes to decorate your Easter eggs. Here are a few eco-friendly ideas to keep your dye-jobs fun, easy and GREEN.
Dyeing eggs is one of the most fun parts about the Easter holiday. Red cabbage, canned beats and turmeric spice are three natural, inexpensive and easy to use ingredients to create beautiful colored eggs. Add one more ingredient to the list: leftover coffee.
Starting with room-temperature hardboiled eggs, rub each egg down with a little vinegar. This helps the dyes saturate the shell.
On the stove, fill a pot with as much red cabbage as you can, along with four or five cups of water. Let it cook for about an hour. After you strain the cabbage, you’ll be left with an amazing purple-blue liquid. Let it cool before pouring it into a bowl with a few drops of vinegar. Depending on how deep you want the color to be, you can leave the eggs in this mixture for a few minutes to several hours. An egg left in the cabbage water mixture in the fridge overnight creates a beautiful deep blue egg.
For yellow, add two teaspoons of turmeric spice to about two cups of water and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Add a few drops of vinegar to the mixture before dyeing your eggs.
For pink, use beet juice straight from the can. For a deep brown, simmer your eggs in leftover coffee.
Another eco-friendly tip for your egg-dyeing process is to use cut up toilet paper or paper towel rolls to use as egg drying pedestals.