Hi Friends, today I am turning the reins of the blog over to Kacey Bradley who blogs at The Drifter Collective and is going to share some of her ideas to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs. Kacey is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully empower herself through exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Ruffled, and more!
Take it away Kacey!
With Easter right around the corner, you and your family are gearing up to celebrate with plenty of activities and traditions. One event you don’t want to skip is creating vibrantly colored eggs. But typical dye can carry artificial ingredients and chemicals that can be concerning.
Permeable eggshells can retain these substances, despite the hard exterior. Whether you’re reusing the eggs for a dish or your kids are handling them for play, you want to be comfortable with the materials. Ditch the synthetic products for a better option.
All-natural mixtures are a safe, convenient alternative. Using household items, you can whip up a chemical-free dye recipe to decorate eggs with your kids this Easter. After you’ve hardboiled and cooled your eggs, soak them in one of these homemade solutions to achieve a variety of hues. Here are the five best ways to get the most vibrant colors from natural ingredients.
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Ideas to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs:
1. Fruit-Based Dyes
Nature’s sweet treats can transform your eggs into a smattering of fun shades. Most fruit is already juicy, which means there’s an abundance of potential dye waiting to be harvested. You can cover just about every section of the rainbow with fruit-based washes, and the colors come out captivating and bold. Although results can vary, try the following color and fruit combinations.
- Red and pink: cherries, raspberries, cranberries, pomegranates, red plums
- Purple: grape juice
- Blue: blueberries, mulberries, blackberries
- Orange: orange peels
- Yellow: apples, lemons
2. Vegetable-Based Dyes
With the vegetables you’d typically throw in a salad, you can infuse your Easter eggs with a range of colors. Organic vegetables straight from a garden are easy to pick up at your local grocery store and OK for children to toy with when you naturally dye Easter eggs. Draw the tint from common produce like cabbage, onions, beets, spinach and carrots with the help of a little vinegar. Check out these vegetable suggestions.
- Red and pink: beets
- Blue and purple: red cabbage, red onions
- Yellow and orange: carrots, yellow onions
- Green: spinach
3. Everyday Cooking Spice Mixtures
Pull out your spice rack to develop a natural palette for your Easter holiday. Cooking spices from your cabinet can lead to unexpected tones for your eggs, and you don’t have to worry about risks to your family with them. Coat them with familiar ingredients to fill your baskets with beautiful colors. But make sure to let them absorb overnight for a distinctive shade. Here are the color and spice pairings you can test out.
- Red: chili powder
- Yellow: celery seed, cumin, turmeric
- Orange: curry powder, paprika
- Brown: cinnamon, dill seed
4. Coffee and Tea Stains
You can brew a dye mixture with popular beverage fixings, like coffee grounds and tea leaves. With a pleasant aroma and rich pigments, this is a creative and effortless way to go about a naturally dyed Easter egg project. Let the tea or coffee steep in water for an extended amount of time to reach a concentrated solution and the best results. Get your desired colors with the following selection.
- Pink: amaranth tea, black cherry tea
- Blue: hibiscus
- Green: green tea
- Yellow and orange: saffron tea, chamomile tea
- Brown: coffee, black tea
5. Store-Bought Natural Food Coloring for Dyeing Easter Eggs
If you’re ready to switch to an organic solution, but you’d rather head to the store for a dye, some ready-made food colorings have dependable materials. Maybe you’re in a rush this Easter, juggling family gatherings, your kids’ activities and your plans. Opt for a food coloring that’s made up of real ingredients.
Natural store-bought food coloring can have the same effect as homemade mixtures and synthetic dyes. With a plant-based combination, dyes from organic sources can be a trustworthy product for your family. Swing by your natural foods store to browse the selection of food coloring.
Naturally Dye Easter Eggs with Confidence
Choosing a chemical-free way to stain Easter eggs can benefit your family. You can mix and match these methods to achieve your family’s favorite colors. Feel free to use whatever household products you have on hand, or, if you prefer, stop by a store with organic goods to snag a ready-made food coloring. When you know what’s in your dye, you can approach the process with extra confidence.
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Thanks again to Kacey for this great article on how to Naturally Dye Easter Egss and to you for spending a few minutes of your busy day with me today.
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