Cutting it close again this year, we just dyed our eggs yesterday, and I thought I would share the recipes and methods we used, as they have evolved slightly over the years. I am so glad that today I can share my free printable Natural Egg Dye recipes, with you.
Brace yourself for a long informational post.
Free Printable Natural Egg Dye Recipes
We tried something new this year. Onion Skin dyeing with imprinting plant material.
We gathered up a bunch of pretty leaves and flowers in our yard.
I placed the flowers and leaves around the uncooked egg, and covered it with a piece of old tights and knotted the end.
Place onion skins along with the wrapped eggs in a pot and cover with water. I added 1 TBSP of vinegar. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low and cover for 20 minutes.
Remove from stove, carefully pour out water, and run cold water over eggs. When cool, snip the tights off.
Please excuse my daughter’s dirty fingernails and fake arm tattoo.
What we didn’t realize is that the pattern on the tights would make an imprint too! We both liked it even better than the imprint left by the flowers and leaves.
Next we made a Turmeric dye (and we even dipped the imprinted ones in it too).
This one is the easiest out of all three and produces such lovely yellow eggs! First boil your eggs. Cool and place aside.
In a pot, boil 4 cups of water, 1 TBSP vinegar, and 1 TBSP salt. When it comes to a boil, remove it from the heat (or else it will boil over- believe me) and add 4-6 TBSP of turmeric and stir to dissolve. When it is cool, place your eggs in. We placed ours in the fridge for a few hours to set. Be careful with this one since it stains everything it touches! Take out and dry eggs in egg carton (if you have it) and place whole thing on towel so it doesn’t stain your counter or table.
Last, we did my personal favorite, and the smelliest one of all. Red cabbage!
Boil eggs and cool. Place aside. Take a whole head of red cabbage and chop it up roughly. Place in large pot with 4 cups of water (or enough to cover), 1 TBSP salt, 1 TBSP white vinegar. Bring to a boil. Then reduce to simmer, and cover for 30 minutes. At this point you may want to open some windows or air out your home because it will smell like boiled cabbage (unless you like that sort of thing, and in that case, enjoy!).
Drain out cabbage pieces, and cool liquid. Once cooled, place your boiled eggs in and put in the fridge for a few hours or until desired color is achieved.
The two dark eggs were brown eggs that we dipped in blue.
Admire your incredibly beautiful eggs.
All three recipes are on this handy dandy printable so you can dye eggs without your electronic device.
I love that we use all natural ingredients. I feel better about my kids handling them, and even eating them. Please let me know if you use my recipes! I would love to see how yours turn out.
Happy Egg Dyeing!