Easter is the time of year to have some fun with arts & crafts, adults & kids alike! We decided to decorate using all-natural dyes & some products we found around the house & yard. Using natural dye for Easter eggs is easy to do and a lot of fun too!
Ingredients for colors on white eggs
- Lavender: 2 cups red onion skin
- Light red: 2 cups yellow onion skin
- Dark red: 2 cups chopped beets
- Sepia/brown: 2 tea bags
- Orange: 3 tablespoon chili powder
- Yellow: 2 tablespoon turmeric powder
- Blue/purple: 2 cups red cabbage or 2 cups crushed blueberries
After decorating raw eggs (see below), add coloring ingredients to 2 cups water and 2 tablespoon white vinegar. Add eggs to the same pot and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 15 minutes, then remove from stove and let soak another 15 minutes. If you’d like your color to be darker or more intense, simmer longer and/or let soak longer until desired color is achieved (you can even let them soak in the refrigerator overnight!).
Decorating Ideas using Natural Dye for Easter Eggs
- Wrap multiple thin rubber bands or string around eggs in varying directions for a striped look
- Tie a lacy doily around the egg, secured at the top with a rubber band or string, for an intricate pattern
- Apply hole-reinforcement stickers for cool circles (those stickers to protect your pages from ripping out of a binder)
- Place a flower on your egg. Wrap it inside a bit of pantyhose, tied at both ends, to hold it in place.
- Drip rubber cement onto eggs in any pattern you like
- Spray paint stencils onto your egg
- Cut painter’s tape into thin strips and wrap around the egg in different directions
- Cut mailing labels into abstract geometric shapes and apply in an open mosaic pattern
- Wrap a wide rubber band (the kind that holds produce together) around the egg, for a cool wide stripe
- Wrap eggs in scraps from an old silk tie, to transfer the image
- Draw any image or words onto your egg using a Sharpie marker
- Splatter paint eggs with brown and gold paints before simmering in dye, for a speckled egg effect
- Stamp words, names, or images onto your egg using a stamp kit
- Place branches from bushes or leaves from herbs onto your egg. Wrap it inside a bit of pantyhose, tied at both ends, to hold it in place.
- Wrap eggs in a textured fabric, like lace or tulle
- Cut a bandaid into fun geometric shapes and stick onto the egg
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Did you try using natural dye for Easter eggs? Let us know in the comments below!