Easter is almost here and, for many people, this is the time to dye eggs. (I prefer to eat them, but hey, that’s just me) I suppose this post should be censored: “Not entirely vegan-friendly” . . .
. . . It is, however, natural/DIY lover-friendly.
I have somewhat avoided dyeing Easter eggs in more recent years because of all the unnatural and wasteful ways there seem to be of doing it; it was hard to see the light and even consider the notion that there are ways of doing it naturally.
But, times are a-changin’ and today I am sharing ways to dye your Easter eggs that are a bit more environmentally/health-conscious, natural, and much more interesting, in my opinion! Also, if you’re a healthy-eater, you may just already have these ingredients around the kitchen!
In the spirit of not reinventing the wheel and also since I’m about to head out of town and won’t be able to share this project in a timely manner otherwise, I am sharing tips on natural dyes from the folks over at BlissTree.
for orange, use yellow onions. mix 1 cup yellow onion skin (about 2 onions’ worth), 1 teaspoon vinegar and 3 cups water in a pot. Boil for one half hour, cool to room temperature, strain out the onion skins, then soak hard-boiled eggs in the dye for one half hour.
for red, use beets. Combine 2 cups of grated raw beets with one tablespoon vinegar and 2 cups of water. Boil for 15 minutes. Let water cool, then add eggs; the longer you soak, the deeper the red color will be.
for yellow, use cumin or turmeric. Boil three tablespoons turmeric or cumin. Strain the ingredient (if necessary) and add one tablespoon vinegar to the dye. Allow the dye to cool a bit before (adding) the eggs.”
for lavender, use Hibiscus tea bags
for blue, use purple or red cabbage. Dice ¼ head of cabbage and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and strain before adding eggs.
for green, use parsley and/or spinach.
Let me know how your art adventuring works – share stories in the comments section. And have a lovely, happy Easter!