Ahh… the smell of vinegar in the morning. Nothing quite says DIY like dying Easter eggs. But why not fully embrace DIY and instead of relying on a store bought kit, make your own dyes using natural foods and flowers? Hop to it with these simple recipes:
BLUE-GRAY = Bluberries
Heat 1 cup blueberries in 1 cup water. Allow to simmer until water begins to change color. Remove blueberries and add 1 Tbsp vinegar.
Leftover Love: Stash the blueberries in the fridge or freezer and use them for smoothies!
BLUE = Red Cabbage
Cut ¼ head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Add 2 Tbsp vinegar and let it cook to room temperature. Remove cabbage with a slotted spoon
Leftover Love: Make a quick sauerkraut by shredding leftover cabbage and combining with ½ cup apple cider vinegar, ½ cup water, 1 small thinly sliced onion, salt & pepper in a jar and allowing to sit for at least 45 min. It will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge
ORANGE = Onions
Simmer the skin of 6 yellow onions in 2 cups of water for 15 min then strain. Add 3 tsp white vinegar
RED-ORANGE = Paprika
Combine 2 Tbsp paprika with 1 cup boiling water and add 2 tsp white vinegar
RED = Pomegranate Juice
Mix 1 cup pomegranate juice with 1 Tbsp vinegar
BROWN = Coffee
Add 1 tbsp vinegar to 1 cup of strong coffee
PINK = Beets
Peel & cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Add 2 Tbsp vinegar and let it cool to room temperature. Remove beets.
Leftover Love: Enjoy the beets over a salad with a light vinaigrette
PURPLE = Grape Juice
Mix 1 cup grape juice with 1 Tbsp vinegar
YELLOW = Turmeric
Combine 2 Tbsp turmeric with 1 cup boiling water and add 2 tsp white vinegar
GREEN = Spinach
Boil a bunch of spinach in 2 cups water. Remove spinach and add 1 tsp vinegar
Leftover Love: Combine boiled spinach with boiled beets and top with salt, pepper and a little vinaigrette for a quick salad!
Tips for your eggs:
- The longer you soak the eggs, the more intense the colors
- Draw shapes of pictures on the eggs with crayons or a piece of wax before dying them. The wax won’t absorb the color so the designs will stay!
- Rubber bands are also a great way to add some decorations. Just use different sized rubber bands all around the egg and it will come out looking like tie-dye! Just remove the rubber bands after the eggs are dry.
- When you remove eggs from dye, dab them with a sponge to get a textured look
- Natural dyes give a matte finish (not glossy) so if you really want them to shine, rub them with a little oil.