Easter and decorated eggs — you can't have one without the other. But we all know that buying egg coloring kits year after year can get a little old (and pricey). This year, save some cash and ditch the fake stuff by dyeing your eggs the old-fashioned way: with food you already have in the kitchen.
You know what that means: You can finally be the mad scientist you've always wanted to be.
If you're into the rustic, farmhouse look (Joanna Gaines, we're looking at you!), these eggs will look perfect in your Easter centerpiece or scattered around your yard. Keep in mind that you can amp up the color and vibrancy of the eggs by creating more concentrated dye or letting the eggs soak longer.
What you'll need:
- Rubber gloves ($10, )
- White vinegar ($2, )
- Pot ($20, )
- Strainer ($17, )
For all eggs:
The general procedure for all the dyes is the same, except for the silver color. Combine 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a medium pot. Bring that to a boil, add your dye ingredients, lower the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Let the dye cool and strain it before adding your eggs.
Add 3 tablespoons turmeric to the boiling water. Be careful: Turmeric is notorious for staining your skin so you might want to put your rubber gloves to use!
Add 4 cups of chopped beets. Don't worry if your eggs look more brown than pink at first. After drying, these eggs will be a pretty, pastel shade.
Add 3 cups chopped red or purple cabbage. To get a robin's egg blue, let the eggs soak for 30 minutes. If you want a deeper hue, leave the eggs to soak overnight in the fridge.
Add 4 cups of yellow onion skins to the pot. For a brighter orange, leave the eggs to sit in the dye overnight in the fridge.
Combine 4 cups each of water and frozen blueberries in a bowl. Let the mixture come to room temperature and strain. Keep the eggs in the dye overnight in the fridge.
Need more inspiration? Here are some pretty naturally dyed eggs filling up Instagram: