Natural Easter Egg Dyes & Serious Saturation Ukranian Dyes!
It's EASTER WEEK and time to dye those eggs for your Easter egg hunt! We've experimented over the years with natural dyes, my favorite super saturated Ukranian Egg dyes and just leaving these beauties au natural, since our chickens give us plenty of color and variety as it is!
But dyeing eggs is always a fun tradition no matter what method you use. These are the natural dye methods and processes we found gave the best results - and a link to my FAVORITE tried and true Ukranian egg dyes for a sure bet on vibrant, beautiful easter eggs!
I researched a lot of methods for natural egg dyes and tried a few different processes - but I found the key to rich colors was leaving them in the solutions in the fridge overnight to soak. Vinegar is important in the right quantity to keep that color sticking but not bubbling up dye on the surface. Some are better boiled and some just sit in cold water.
It's a fun experiment to see different kinds of product producing these rich, natural colors - some you wouldn't expect. For example, RED cabbage boiled in water will produce a BLUE hue on eggs! Carrot tops (the greens) produce a soft yellow and Tumeric is a sure bet for deep yellow-orange. Onion skins produce all different results and even coffee can be used for a brown dye!
Better Homes & Gardens recommendations for Natural Colors:
Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries.
Yes, red cabbage dyed Easter eggs turn out blue! Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.
Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.
Peel the skin from 6 yellow apples. Simmer in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer 4 oz. chopped fennel tops in 1-1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
The longer you soak these onion dyed eggs, the darker the color will be. Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.
Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Rich yellow: Simmer 4 oz. chopped carrot tops in 1-1/2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Mustard-yellow: Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Various shades: Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes.
Pale yellow: Chop 4 oz. goldenrod and simmer in 2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Faint yellow: Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.
Simmer 2 Tbsp. dill seed in 1 cup water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong coffee.
Faint pink: Chop 4 oz. amaranth flowers and simmer in 2 cups water; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer the skins from 6 avocados in 1-1/2 cup water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Mix 1 cup pickled beet juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Dark pink: These beet dyed eggs will darken the longer they sit in the liquid. Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets.
Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Natural dyes are beautiful, but lots of work - in my family, we've always loved deep dark hus for our Easter Eggs and found the best, quickest, easiest results with Ukranian Egg Dyes.
Hearthsong carries a kit or refills on the dye powder packets for $8.98 for a set of 8 colors - a great deal and you can dye no problem with just the refills! The whole kit has some awesome supplies for Ukranian decorations using hot wax and intricate designs. Also really fun but takes some steady hands!
*The GOLD Eggs we used a Martha Stewart Gold Gilding Paint - also pretty spectacular!
HAPPY EASTER! Enjoy your eggs no matter how you choose to dye or not to dye! :)