Spring is almost in full swing, and with Easter around the corner, decorated Easter eggs are a necessity! Whether you need to decorate some eggs for the ‘Easter bunny’ to hide in your front garden, or would like a fun afternoon activity to do with your kids, follow this guide on how to create your own naturally dyed Easter eggs.
Compared to store-bought kits, this recipe by Personal Creations of naturally dyed Easter eggs is non-toxic, and safe for your little ones to help make as well. Plus, isn’t it a lot more fun to create something beautiful from scratch, instead of from something out of a box?
Depending on your choice of dye material and eggs, you will yield different results. There are some examples of dye ingredients on Personal Creations (see also their “Guide to Natural Egg Dye” further down this post), but you can also let your creativity run wild and experiment with different materials to see what colours you get out of them!
Regardless of dye material, follow these simple steps to create naturally dyed Easter eggs:
- Combine 1 cup of water and your dye material in a saucepan. Bring to a boil.
- Once the dye liquid is boiling, lower the temperature and let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes. If you want to produce a darker dye, leave the mixture to boil for a longer time. If you prefer a lighter one, simply leave the mixture to boil for a shorter period.
- Remove the saucepan from heat and leave the mixture to cool for 30 minutes.
- Once cooled, pour the dye through a strainer and into another pan.
- For every cup of liquid you used, add a tablespoon of vinegar and a pinch of salt to the strained dye.
Next, place the eggs in a rimmed container, and fully submerge the eggs in the dye mixture. Leave them to sit in the refrigerator overnight, or for a minimum of 8 hours. Once ready, remove the eggs from the container, dab away any excess dye with a paper towel, and voila! These beautifully naturally dyed Easter eggs are yours to keep, or gift away to brighten someone else’s day.
If you haven’t got the time to decorate eggs yourself, you can still spruce up your dinner table with this Set of 2 White and Gold Deco Eggs by Bloomingville. Small and thoughtful, their intricate gold design makes them a dainty and elegant accent to add to your table or give as a gift.
Nothing says Springtime like Easter, and decorating Easter eggs can make a great family activity too. Happy decorating, and happy Easter!