What child does not like to color Easter eggs? It’s a fun way to spend some quality time together and build up the anticipation for this very special day.
But have you ever noticed that when you peel a vibrantly colored hard boiled egg, the egg white itself is as colorful as the shell was?
Egg shells are porous and whatever gets onto the shell will make it’s way onto the egg itself. With that in mind I decided to try my hand at making my own all natural, non-toxic vegetable dies for our eggs. It was a lot of fun and I have to say I am quite pleased with the results.
Here are some of the vegetables and spices I decided to experiment with:
- kale (I wanted spinach but we ate it all last night so I used what had on hand)
The two clear winners were beet and turmeric.
I suspect spinach would have given a beautiful green and I will probably give it a try in the next couple of days.
To use the beet I juiced a small section which yielded about 2 tablespoons of gorgeous reddish pink juice. I then added 2 tablespoons of hot water and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Depending on how intense you want you color to be you could forgo the hot water. Vinegar will help bind the die to your egg.
As you can imagine the die took immediately and gave me a beautiful bright pink. I took some of the eggs out right away and used a cheese cloth to make interesting textures on the egg. You could use a natural sponge or other cloth for interesting variations on textures.
For the turmeric I tried the same approach and got acceptable results but I felt the color was a bit too pale. So I tried again making a paste that I rubbed on the egg. I then dipped the egg in the more liquid die and was satisfied with the results. Mixing both colors together led to yet another gorgeous color!
As with all egg dies, it’s fun to experiment in all sorts of ways. Let your imagination soar and have a wonderful time.
Just a word of caution — Beet juice and turmeric will die your hands as quickly as it will die your eggs so you might want to wear gloves for this fun project!
Have a blessed and colorful Easter!