For this Easter, use natural dyes for Eco friendly Easter eggs. You simply boil down different foods to extract the color, let cool to room temperature and dunk the eggs. Here are some ideas suggested by Bethany Bickley at The Huntsville Times.
This was the quickest dye to set in and made a beautiful purple egg. Crushing the blueberries against an egg will add spots of color, and some extra fun if kids are involved.
Ingredients: 1/2 bag of frozen blueberries with 4 cups of water, boiled for 30 minutes.
This dye needs minimum 30 minutes to stain the egg. For a dark blue, leave the egg in the dye overnight.
Ingredients: 1/2 purple cabbage with 4 cups of water, boiled for 30 minutes.
Yellow onion peel
This dye will make you surprise. You wouldn't have expected the thin, almost translucent peels to make bright orange. Some tutorials say to boil the eggs with the dye, but I didn't find that to be necessary.
Ingredients: Peels from about 6-8 yellow onions with 4 cups of water, boiled for 30 minutes.
This spice makes a pretty yellow but takes more time to stain. Turmeric is fairly inexpensive and is easily found with other spices.
Ingredients: A few shakes of turmeric into a jar of tap water.
To get a light green color, you need to use Japanese Matcha Tea. Black tea makes a brown egg, but still not very attractive among the other colorful eggs.
Ingredients: 5 tea bags in 4 cups of water
You can even take it a step further by pressing flowers and leaves onto the eggs to create a natural pattern.
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