Spring is creeping in. And we may not feel it as the wind graces our faces but we can see it with each blooming bulb and sprouting seed. To celebrate spring we decided to create some natural dyes for our eggs and a few simple ways to decorate them. We put together a color cheat sheet so you can create some of your own!
What you need:
- White Eggs
- White Vinegar
- Jars or bowls for dipping
- String, Lace, Twine for decorating
- A spoon or two for scooping (avoid beet dyed fingers)
What to do:
Red - Cranberries Simmer 1 cup of cranberries in 1 cup of water for 20 minutes. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Pink - Red Beets - Simmer a large beet or two small beets add 4 cups of boiling water. Stir in 2 tsp. white vinegar and cool at room temperature. Remove beets.
Orange: Paprika - Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup of boiling water, make sure to stir in all of the particles. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar
Light Yellow - Carrot Greens - Simmer 1 cup of chopped carrot tops in 1.5 cups of water for 15 minutes. Strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Deep Yellow - Turmeric - Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup of boiling water, make sure to stir in all of the particles. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar
Light Blue - Red Cabbage - Cut .5 a head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups of boiling water. Stir in 2 tsp. white vinegar and cool at room temperature. Remove cabbage.
Deep Blue - Blueberries - Mix 1 cup of frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature. Remove blueberries. Add 1 tsp. white vinegar.
Lavender - Grape Juice - Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tsp. white vinegar.
Brown - Coffee - Mix 1 cup of strong coffee and 1 tsp. white vinegar.