Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
We love dyeing eggs and finding new and fun ways to decorate them, this is by far my favorite. Being able to dye eggs with natural fruits and veggies that are all around us is so much fun and a great way to get the kids really thinking about what their eggs will turn out looking like.
Red cabbage (for blue)
Blueberries (for dark blue)
Spinach or parsley (for yellow/green)
Onion (for orange)
Brewed coffee (for brown)
Beets (for red)
Vinegar (1 tablespoon for each color)
- To dye eggs brown, place two boiled eggs in a jar. Pour the coffee over the eggs until completely covered. Cover the jars and refrigerate overnight.
- To prepare the dye for everything but the coffee, place 2 cups water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and the selected vegetable, cut if needed, into a medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Pour the dye through a fine mesh strainer.
- To dye eggs, place two boiled eggs in a jar. Pour the dye over the eggs until completely covered. Cover the jars and refrigerate overnight.
- Carefully remove the eggs from the dye and transfer to a wire cooling rack. Allow to dry completely before touching to avoid disturbing the dye.
To make this a STEM activity:
- Allow the children to guess the colors the eggs will be after dying with the different vegetables.
- Expand the activity by purchasing different fruits and vegetables to see which colors can be created.