Friday, April 6, 2012

Dye Your Easter Eggs Naturally

By Cassie McCully

Easter wouldn't be half the fun if it weren't for dyed eggs, right?  Have you dyed yours, yet?  If not, consider dying them naturally with the items you have on-hand. 

After some research {cue pinterest-- a craft-lovers haven}, naturally dyed eggs didn't seem like much work.  Thanks to Better Homes and Gardens' list of all-natural dye recipes, the way to attain natural dye from household ingredients was simple. 
First, the kids and I gathered ingredients.
We boiled red onion peels and skins
 and spinach in separate pans to our desired shades of dye.
 We found a reason to use up the last of our bitter cranberry juice,
 and steeped some gingersnap tea.
 To complete your dye, add the recommended amount of vinegar to each bowl.
 Then the kids dunked the eggs and let them sit, turning every so often, for 30+ minutes.
Note:  Natural doesn't necessarily mean a quick process.

There you have it--naturally dyed eggs.
As you can see, our cranberry juice didn't quite want to stay put,
and eventually the color changed to a dark grayish blue.
Note:  I tried my hand at my own dyes.  Perhaps you'll heed all of BHG's advice and have more colorful eggs in greens, blues, pinks and reds.  Regardless, I am loving the natural pallet of these naturally dyed eggs. 
Have a great Easter weekend!

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