Have you ever dyed Easter eggs with natural dyes from Mother Nature? The colors that emerge might surprise you. Coffee grounds will produce a light chocolate color and tea bags a reddish brown. With coffee & tea bags, you put 4 Tbs. of coffee grounds or about 12 tea bags, 1 Tbs. white vinegar & enough water to cover the eggs in a pot and boil for about 15 minutes. I usually cut open the tea bags.
The gorgeous copper color came from onion skins and the blue from red cabbage leaves. I used about 3 tablespoons of turmeric and 1 Tbs. vinegar to acheive this sunny golden color and red beets produced a light mauve.
To make a mottled looking egg with onion skins, wrap the paper thin skin around the egg, place in a pot with water about 1 inch above the eggs, put a few more skins on top and boil for about 5 minutes, then set aside for an hour. Remove to paper towels to dry.
To use vegetables, you’ll need about 2 cups of material and 1 Tbs. white vinegar in a pot of water & boil for 15 minutes. Then add room temperature eggs……make sure there’s enough water to cover the eggs & boil again for 15 minutes. To use herbs, do the same, but add about 3 Tbs. of herbs, or more to get the desired effect.
Aren’t they pretty? Learning to dye eggs naturally might be a project your family would enjoy.