Dying Easter Eggs – The Natural Way

The Process:

Dyeing Easter Eggs – don’t you remember? You could hardly wait for Mom to finish hard boiling those eggs so that you could get started on your master piece.

We wanted a way to be able to dye eggs but to save them for decorations throughout the season AND use the egg itself instead of letting it go to waste. We found Martha Stewart’s Natural Egg Dyeing on google and we created our own spin to it with blown eggs. We will walk you step by step so that you and your family can try too!

We started off by creating our dye. We used onion peels, turmeric and beets. (We later found that the beets were not as successful as we had trouble getting the color to really adhere to the egg.) You can still give it a try and if you have a way to be successful with it, let us know!

For each separate color you will need 1 quart of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. If possible, try to use the white vinegar as opposed to apple cider, etc. If you need more water in your pot to ensure that the eggs will be fully submerged, add more vinegar. Put your 3 tablespoons turmeric, 4 cups beets (peeled and chopped) and 4 cups of onion skins into their separate pots of water. Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

While your water is boiling, you can begin to blow your eggs! You’ll want a nail or something similar to create small holes in each end of your egg. To begin, hold your egg firmly in your hand but be careful not to apply too much pressure. Slowly and with a little pressure begin to poke/carve a whole in the top of your egg. You want this hole to be the biggest you create. This is the end that you will blow the egg insides out with. For the next hole on the bottom part of your egg, you will want it to be smaller. Create this with a nail or something smaller like a paper clip. When you have created both holes you will then take something similar to a kabob stick and stick it into one of the holes. Twirl the stick so that you can break up the yoke inside the egg (this makes it easier to blow out). Once you have done this, place your mouth on the end of the egg with the small hole. Blow your egg insides into a bowl. This should be fairly easy if you have broken up the inside of your egg. After emptying the egg, place your egg shell into a bowl of soapy water and allow egg to fill with water. Shake egg to allow the water to cleanse the inside and then let as much water as possible out.

Now you are ready to design your egg! We used smaller plants such as dill weed and small plant leaves. We placed the plant leaf where we wanted it on our egg and then we took pieces of panty-hose and wrapped the egg to ensure the plant leaf stayed on. Once you wrap your egg you can twist the back of it and secure with a rubber band. The twist will be visible once you dye your egg but it leaves a really cool design on the back! We also used thin tape to create geometric designs on our eggs. We also found it best to wrap the egg in panty-hose with this as well because the hot water will cause your tape to come off sometimes.

After you have designed your egg with the desired choices, you will put your egg into the middle of a wire whisk (do this carefully so you don’t break your egg). This will help you place your egg into the hot water and also will keep it submerged in the water, otherwise your egg will float to the surface. You will leave your egg in the hot water anywhere from 5 seconds to 30 minutes. Time depends on how deep and rich you want your color to be. You can also turn your burner off and allow the egg to sit overnight.

Once your egg has reached your desired color you can allow it to dry by sticking a kabob stick through it and placing it over an open container. If desired, after your egg is dry you can spray it with a clear shellac to help it keep its color so that you can keep it forever!

Follow this link for reference to Martha Stewart’s Natural Dye.