- Natural dye materials (shredded beets, turmeric, etc.)
- Filtered water
- 1 tablespoon vinegar per dye color
- pots for simmering ingredients and boiling eggs
- mesh strainer
- small bowls or mason jars
- coconut or olive oil (optional – for adding luster to eggs)
DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING EASTER EGG DYE:
- Bring dye matter and water to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until the desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues.
- Remove liquid from heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Pour dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.
- Add hard boiled eggs to dye and place in fridge until the desired color is reached. I started mine in the early afternoon and let them set overnight.
DIRECTIONS FOR EGGS:
- Add eggs to a medium pot and cover with cold water. Bring pot to a boil. Once it’s rolling turn off the heat and cover the pot. After 10 minutes, place eggs in a bowl of cold water and let sit until they’re cool to the touch.
- Drain bowl and replace with warm, soapy water – I use castille soap. Gently rub eggs with a washcloth or your thumb to remove oils that prohibit natural dyes from adhering as effectively to the egg shell.
- Lower egg into the dye and place them in the fridge. Soak until your desired color is reached.
- When the eggs are ready scoop them out with a spoon and place on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
- Naturally dyed eggs have a matte finish. If you’d like to add a little luster, rub with a drop or two of coconut or olive oil.
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