A few years ago I came accross an article in one my herbal magazines. I decided to finally pull it out because it was a cool idea… dying Easter Eggs the natural way. Better Homes and Gardens even mentioned a natural dye in one of their articles. I thought maybe you egg dyers might be interested. If you do this, please post pictures because I would love to see! I would do it myself, but when you live alone, there’s no point to boiling a few dozen eggs.
Here it is:
Dip the hard-boiled eggs into white vinegar before beginning, and set aside. The bring each dye ingredient (listed below) to a boil with 4 cups of water and 2 Tbsp. of white vinegar; strain the dyes into bowls an allow them to cool. To dye eggs, dip them in the bowls for about five minutes, or longer for deeper colors.
GOLD: Use 4 Tbsp. of turmeric.
BROWN: Experiment with about 2 cups of strongly brewed coffee or tea for different shades of tan and brown.
PURPLE: Use 4 cups of frozen blueberries.
LIGHT PINK: Use a 12-oz. package of cranberries.
DARK PINK: Use 6 cups of chopped beets.
BLUE: Use 16 cups of chopped red cabbage (use 2 more quarts of water and 6 Tbsp. more vinegar for this dye).
ORANGE: (from BHG) Use 4 cups of onion skins.
Now, I also know that koolaid and mustard make good dyes… In fact the mustard may give a different variation of yellow! There was no green though, but I got thinking that frozen spinach may do the trick b/c when I make spinach that water is awefully green.
The picture to the right at the top is from Better Homes and Gardens and they offered a few techniques (NO THEY ARE NOT THE NATURAL DYED EGGS…ONLY THE LAST ONE IS)… The first one is an egg dipped in one dye and then another (yes, we knew about this one). The second one, they used rubber bands on the egg for stipes. Let the egg dry completely before removing. The third one they drizzled rubber cement on it and allowed it to dry before dying. When the egg was completely dried, the peeled of the adhesive. They warned that this one is only for decoration though (would the rubber cement penetrate and hurt it???) And the last egg is their natiural orange dye that I listed above. I love it! I thik the natural dies give them such rustic appearances! I also thought melted candle wax would be cool!
And this picture is from Martha Stewart… I thought she had some cool looking ones there… Enjoy egg dying… wish I could help!