Dyeing Easter eggs the eco way

RecyclaSince Enviro Girl had a great post on Easter baskets on Monday, Recycla thought she would continue the Easter discussion by talking about different ways to dye eggs without using those dye kits that we all grew up with. Why spend money on a kit when you probably have everything you need right at home?

ft_msl03egg02_xlRecycla will admit right here that her family does not dye eggs (she hates the waste of eggs), so the tips below are untested by her, however Enviro Girl vouches for them.

Start with your set up:

  • Use glass or metal containers for the dye (plastic absorbs the colors and stains).
  • Cover your work surface with old newspapers, which you can later compost or recycle.
  • Use metal ladles or wire whisks to hold the eggs.
  • You can use crayons to draw on designs or get more creative with rubber bands and stickers.

ft_easteregg05_xlIf you don’t feel like going completely natural, you can use a cup of boiling water, a teaspoon of vinegar, and 10-20 drops of food color. Recycla has also heard that a packet of Kool Aid and 2/3 cup of water will lead to intensely-colored eggs.

If you’re looking for a more natural approach to dyeing eggs, here are some options

  • Red/Pink — shredded beets, any red tea (rooibos or zinger will work), cranberries/cranberry juice
  • Blue — grape juice, blueberries, chopped red cabbage
  • Yellow — turmeric, saffron, chamomile tea
  • Green — spinach leaves

ml104v10_0401_tissue_paper_vertBoil the dye ingredient with water and vinegar for 15 minutes, then strain. (After, toss everything in your compost bin.)

Mix and match ingredients to get different hues. The longer you let an egg rest in the dye, the darker the color.

Of course, there are lots of ways to decorate Easter egg beyond just dye. Check out this list of 50 ideas from Martha Stewart.

Tell the Eco Women: Do you usually dye eggs for Easter? If so, what method do you use?

Photo credits: MarthaStewart.com


2 thoughts on “Dyeing Easter eggs the eco way

  1. We do dye, with vinegar and food coloring. We also eat the eggs within two days, before the dye seeps into the eggs! We use a crayon or markers for lines for decorations. The grands enjoy the decorating and after get crazy with sparkle glue and stickers. We all dive in to eat them on Easter as our appetizers to dinner!

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