If you would like to try dying eggs naturally, try the following:
by Tawra Kellam
~Yellow– yellow onion skins, turmeric (½ tsp. per cup water) celery leaves
~Orange–any yellow dye plus beet juice
~Red–beets, paprika, red onion skins
~Pink -cranberry juice
~Blue–blackberries, grape juice concentrate, red cabbage
~Brown–black tea, white oak, juniper berry, coffee, barberry
~Light purple–blackberries, grapes, violets
~Green–alfalfa, spinach, kale, violet blossom plus ¼ tsp. baking soda, tansy, nettle, chervil, sorrel, parsley, carrot tops, beet tops or dip yellow egg in blue dye
Hard boil eggs with 1 tsp. vinegar in the water. Place dying ingredients in non-aluminum pans, cover with water and boil 5 minutes to 1 hour until desired color is achieved. Use enough material to make at least 1 cup dye. Crush ingredients as they boil to extract as much dye as possible. Strain the dye. Most dyes should be used hot. Let each egg sit in the dye until it reaches the desired color. Some dyes will take longer than others to make the desired colored on the egg. Remove the egg and let dry.
Source: The Urban Homemaker
The girls wrapped some of the hard boiled eggs in rubber bands, colored a few with crayons, and left a couple plain. We selected our dyes: turmeric powder, purple cabbage, grape juice, blueberries, onion skins, orange zest, redbush tea, and beets. We simmered the veggies and heated the juice and poured boiling water over the rest. I added 1 tsp vinegar to each bowl, then the girls dropped in their eggs. We made sure they were completely immersed and then let them sit in the dyes overnight. We’re not going to eat them, so we didn’t worry about refrigeration.The next morning when we got them out, we were very pleasantly surprised; They were beautiful!!!
Source: Groovy’s Ruminations
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