Easter eggs coloured with natural dyes, especially with a pattern, are really eye-catchers. They look gorgeous in Easter baskets as well as on the table and are a fun activity to do with kids.
Easter eggs with food-based colours
Dyeing eggs with natural food-based colours? It's easy as pie with fruits and vegetables that have natural intense colours of their own. And the best part? You end up with gorgeously coloured eggs that you enjoy with a clear conscience because you know that there are no hidden chemicals - just pure nature!
Making your own dyes
Place each colouring ingredient (turmeric, beetroot, coffee, etc.) in a separate pot of water and bring to the boil. The amount of water and cooking time varies depending on the ingredient.
Once cool, add a little vinegar.
Meanwhile, hard boil the eggs and let them cool. Rub them well with vinegar to help the colour stick better.
If you'd like the eggs to have a more intense colour, we recommend leaving the eggs in the coloured water overnight.
Tip: For shiny Easter eggs, rub the coloured eggs with cooking oil.
Turmeric - yellow to orange colour
Mix 10 grams turmeric powder into ½ litre of water and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Your natural dye for yellow Easter eggs is ready.
Beets - red to violet colour
Simmer 1 litre water with beets for about 30 minutes. It can be used to create coloured Easter eggs in gorgeous shades of red, depending on how long the eggs are left in there.
Coffee - beige to brown colour
To create beige to brown coloured eggs, simmer 2 litres water with 30-50 grams of coffee powder for about 30 minutes. Place hard-boiled eggs in this brew.
Colouring eggs with patterns made from natural materials
Use natural materials such as flowers and leaves to create patterns on your Easter eggs.
You will need nylon stockings and rubberbands in addition to your favourite flowers & leaves for the patterns.
First, slightly moisten the eggs and place a flattened leaf or flower on the egg.
Now carefully pull the nylon stocking over the egg to hold the leaf or flower in place.
Close the end of the stockings tightly with a rubberband or piece of string and place in the colouring liquid.
When the eggs have taken on the desired colours let them dry completely before removing the stocking.
Tip: If some colour has leaked into the pattern, you can easily touch it up with a cotton swab dipped in water and baking soda.
Make your own natural dyes and spend fun, relaxing hours with children and friends colouring your Easter eggs with beautiful natural patterns this year.