Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 7:00 am
What does your family use to dye Easter eggs? The “old standard” is to purchase a package of pre-made dye. Those who aren’t so keen on that option have plenty of other ways to decorate Easter eggs. Start with some of these easy recipes that will enable you to turn white hard-boiled eggs into eggs of an entirely different color.
Did you know that you can use packets of Kool-Aid to dye Easter eggs? People have also used Kool-Aid to dye yarn, or to temporarily dye their hair. This recipe comes from the Hey Jen Renee blog. You will need:
* 1 packet of Kool-Aid (or more if you want to make dye in a variety of colors)
* 2/3 cup of water (per packet of Kool-Aid)
* Hard-boiled eggs that have cooled
Put one packet of Kool-Aid into 2/3 of a cup of water. Stir! If you are choosing to make many colors of Kool-Aide dye, you will need a separate cup for each color. Put one hard-boiled egg into each cup of mixed dye. Let the egg sit for as long as you like. Remove it after it becomes the color of the dye. Don’t forget to refrigerate the egg after it has been dyed.
Onion Shell Dye
The Ulicam blog has step-by-step directions that include photos. From it, you can learn how to use onion shells (or onion skin) to dye Easter eggs. You will need:
* Raw eggs
* Plenty of onion shells (red, yellow, or both)
* A small collection of fresh flowers
First, carefully place small flowers onto a raw egg. They will stick better if you moisten the egg shell. Wrap the entire egg (and flowers) in onion skins. Carefully wrap string around the egg. Try not to move the flowers. Use plenty of string so that the onion skins will remain wrapped around the egg while it boils. Place the onion skin wrapped eggs into a pot. Add the leftover onion shells in it. Cook it for 12 to 15 minutes. Next, rinse each egg in cold water and carefully peel off the onion skin. You will end up with uniquely decorated Easter eggs.
Red Cabbage Dye
Martha Stewart has lots of recipes for natural egg dying techniques. One of them is the Red Cabbage Dye. You will need:
* Hard-boiled eggs
* One head of cabbage
* 4 tablespoons of salt
* 4 tablespoons of vinegar
Start with eggs that have been hard-boiled and cooled. Boil one head of cabbage in 2 quarts of water for 30 minutes. Strain the pre-boiled cabbage water into a bowl. Add 4 tablespoons of salt and four tablespoons of vinegar to the water. Lower the egg into the mixture. Let it soak for 30 second to 1 minute for a pale color. Leave it soaking for longer if you want a deeper color.