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Natural Easter Egg Dyes

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If you would like to try dying eggs naturally, try the following:  by Tawra Kellam

~Yellow-- yellow onion skins, turmeric (½ tsp. per cup water) celery leaves           

~Orange--any yellow dye plus beet juice

~Red--beets, paprika, red onion skins

~Pink -cranberry juice

~Blue--blackberries, grape juice concentrate, red cabbage

~Brown--black tea, white oak, juniper berry, coffee, barberry

~Light purple--blackberries, grapes, violets

~Green--alfalfa, spinach, kale, violet blossom plus ¼ tsp. baking soda, tansy, nettle, chervil, sorrel, parsley, carrot tops, beet tops or dip yellow egg in blue dye

Hard boil eggs with 1 tsp. vinegar in the water.  Place dying ingredients in  non-aluminum pans, cover with water and boil 5 minutes to 1 hour until desired color is achieved.  Use enough material to make at least 1 cup dye. Crush ingredients as they boil to extract as much dye as possible. Strain the dye. Most dyes should be used hot. Let each egg sit in the dye until it reaches the desired color. Some dyes will take longer than others to make the desired colored on the egg.  Remove the egg and let dry.

Glitter Eggs- Place 1 tablespoon each of glue and water in a cup. Stir the mixture and then paint the eggs with it. Sprinkle with glitter. This can also add sparkle to already dyed eggs!

 Crepe Paper Eggs- Wet a white or dyed egg. Dab torn pieces of colored tissue paper or pieces of pretty colored napkins on the eggs. When the paper dries, the paper falls off and leaves the color behind on the egg.

Decoupaged eggs - Tear small pieces of wrapping paper, napkins, stickers, or clip art. Mix equal amounts of glue and water. Paint egg with glue mixture. Place paper on top and then cover with more glue mixture. Let dry. 

Spotted Eggs- Place 1 tsp. of cooking oil in dye. Dip the egg. The oil will cause the dye to make an irregular pattern on the egg.

Waxed Eggs- Dip a portion of the eggs in melted paraffin or candle wax. Then dip them in the dye. Remove from dye. Dry and peel off the wax. The egg will be white on one half and colored on the other half. You can also dip in dye before waxing to get two colors.

Hollow Eggs- Poke a hole in one end of an egg with a very small needle. Poke another slightly larger hole in the other end. Then blow on the small end and the egg will come out the other side. Decorate as desired.

Tawra Kellam is the author of the frugal cookbook Dining On A Dime: Eat Better, Spend Less. For more free tips and recipes visit her web site at

More Easter Themed Activities:

To learn to dye Easter eggs with natural colors, CLICK HERE.

Another fun Resurrection project is Resurrection Cookies.

Or make Hot Cross Buns.

More Ideas for Adding Meaning to your Easter Celebration.

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