ith Easter around the corner, you’ve likely been inundated with requests from your kids to dye eggs. While this is certainly a fun activity, for some people the use of artificial dyes is cringe-worthy. Thankfully, though, there are ways you and your family can join in on the fun without coating the eggs in unnatural chemicals. Here are a few methods for creating similar colors with things you might already have at home—the dyeing process is the same (just let the eggs soak in the colored solution for a few minutes), but the colors come from much more natural sources.
If you want to achieve a bright blue dye, cut up a quarter of a head of red cabbage, and add it into four coups of boiling water. Stir in two tablespoons of plain white vinegar, and let the solution come to room temperature. Remove the cabbage, and you’re set.
Steeping fruits and vegetables in water and adding vinegar is an easy way to create natural dyes.
Onion skins are another way to get natural colors. For jade green, simmer the skins of six red onions in two cups of water for 15 minutes, then strain out the skins and add in one tablespoon of vinegar. For orange, use yellow onion skins instead of red.
For bright pink, cut a medium beet into chunks and add it to four cups of water, then stir in two tablespoons of vinegar. When the solution is cooled to room temperature, remove the beets.
To get yellow dye, simmer two large carrots, chopped, in a cup and a half of boiling water for 15 minutes, then add two teaspoons of vinegar.
While using natural methods to dye your Easter eggs may not be as trendy as using glitter, it will definitely make the end product easier—and perhaps healthier—to eat.