For Activity Day Girls this week we dyed Easter eggs except we didn’t use store bought dye. A few years ago I experimented with natural dyes using fruits, vegetables and spices. I loved the results and the beautiful muted colors you got. I decided it would be a fun science experiment for the girls to do it too. It was so fun to see what colors certain fruits and vegetables would result in.
The prep work for this is a little bit more intense than picking up a pack of Paas Easter Egg dye at the grocery store but it was a really fun activity.
I prepared the dyes ahead of time because of the time involved. I used red cabbage, red onion, yellow onion, blueberries, paprika, tumeric. A few things I tried that didn’t work were carrot tops and spinach. I couldn’t figure out a way to get a decent green color. Surprisingly red onion gives you somewhat of a green color!
To prepare the dye I used the following:
2 C chopped purple cabbage
1 chopped beet
2 C red onion skins
2 C yellow onions skins (look through the boxes of onions at the store and you will find lots of loose skins at the bottom of the box.)
2 Tbsp of paprika
2 Tbsp of tumeric ( found this in the bulk section of the store.
1 C blueberries
Place each of these things into 2 C of water along with 1 tsp salt and boil for about 10-15 minutes.
Strain the water and place in a jar or bowl and add 1 Tbsp white vinegar to each dye.
Allow them to cool before using.
Of course you will also need hard boiled eggs. We did enough so that each girl would have 6-7 eggs to dye.
I placed all the dyes into small plastic cups and the girls used plastic spoons to place the eggs in and out of the cups.
I wrote the name of what each was on the plastic cups as well as on the table.
You will want to cover your table with plastic and or paper because this can get a bit messy!
The girls loved watching to see what colors they got with each of the dyes. Natural dyes do not dye as quickly or as strongly as store bought dye so you need to have patience if you want brighter colors. I personally love the softer more muted colors you get.
For really bright colors you may need to leave it in the dye for an hour or more. Most of ours were only left in for 5 minutes or so.
I think the colors are gorgeous!
The blues we got from the blueberries was my favorite I think.
While some of the eggs were resting in the dye we went outside and planted Easter grass. For more details on how to do that go here.
For other fun Easter fun go here: