Since I was a child we always dyed our Easter eggs with natural household ingredients. It was my favourite part of the celebration, chance to get a bit messy and creative. We mainly used onion skins for a bright copper colour and little flowers and leaves for different patterns.
But for this special post I decided to experiment with loads of different ingredients and techniques to see what the final results will be and share the best with you, guys!
Let’s make some Naturally Dyed Ester Eggs!
Prep time:Prep time:Serves:
6-7 White Eggs (for each colour batch)
3 tbsp Turmeric
1 Small Red Cabbage (chopped)
Skins of 7 Large Yellow Onions
4 Large Beetroots (chopped)
1. Pour 1.5l of water into a stainless steel pan (don’t use ceramic or any other type to avoid staining) Add the dying ingredient of your choice and boil for 30 minutes with lid on (to stop the liquid from evaporating)
2. Strain the liquid (don’t need to strain the turmeric) and discard the solids.
3. Carefully add the eggs and boil for 10min in the dye.
4. Remove from the heat and leave it to cool.
5. Now depending on the desired result remove the eggs or leave them for 3 more hours or overnight. The longer you keep eggs in the dye the brighter colour you get.
6. These ingredients will give you the following colours: Turmeric – yellow, Red Cabbage – blue, Onion skins – bronze, Beetroot – ivory-grey stone.
So the only colour I was 100% sure was the beautiful bronze from the onion skins.
This is the dye we traditionally used at home.
However, the most surprising result was from the beetroot.
As I was hoping for the pink or red, obviously, strangely enough the eggs came out ivory-grey stone colour.
If you would like to have floral pattern on your eggs, put some leaves or flowers around your them, wrap in cheesecloth and tie up with а string very tightly before putting in the dye.
Textured herbs like dill, parsley or sage work very well.
One of my favourite dyes is the blue from the red cabbage.
You can also achieve similar colour by boiling eggs in hibiscus tea, although it is probably a little too expensive, at least here in UK.
I also want to mention some failures that I had…
I wanted to achieve green colour so I soaked eggs in spinach blended with water but had no success whatsoever.
The other disappointment was no difference between red and yellow onion skins – the result was almost the same.
Experiment with your dyes and be creative – try soaking eggs in two different dyes like yellow from turmeric and blue from red cabbage to get even more exciting colours.
But please remember that all those dyes are natural and you never know what would be the final result.
Sometimes colours are even, sometimes you get patches, or even unexpected results.
But I guess that adds even more fun to the process, doesn’t it?
Ever wondered why we dye eggs for Easter?