Let me just get one thing out in the open. I am not the mom who loves crafting with her kids. I don’t love making messes with them. But I have kids who LOVE messy projects, so I try to find fun things that we can all handle without anyone (myself included) melting down. Our most recent project: dyeing Easter eggs (which is NEVER an activity for the faint of heart, let’s be honest) with NATURAL INGREDIENTS. A moment of silence for messy projects.
I’ve actually always wanted to try this. Can a person really color eggs using onions and cabbage?!?! Dying to know. Curiosity got the best of me.
After a little bit of Pinterest research, I got a little overwhelmed with all the tutorials and decided to just wing it. The majority of the posts I researched used a variation of this process:
Chop/slice/cut up the ingredients. Place ingredients in seperate pots with 3 or 4 cups of water. Cook for 15 minutes. Strain liquid and place liquid in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Add eggs. Let sit overnight. Voila!
Oh, and to add an extra element of surprise to the process, we used brown eggs since our chickens are laying eggs like crazy and we have about five dozen in the fridge at the moment.
These are the ingredients we ended up buying or using from the pantry:
- Purple cabbage (1 small head)
- Yellow onion (7 of them)
- Red onion (large)
- Turmeric (ground spice)
- Tazo Passion tea (hibiscus tea blend – I had 10 bags and used them all)
- Spinach (1 bag)
- Beets (general consensus on other sites was to use real beets, but we live in the middle of nowhere and our grocery store does not sell fresh beets. 😂So I bought two cans to use instead.)
I didn’t get too crazy precise with the process, because hello. Not that mom. I started out measuring water but by the end I was just guesstimating; I added around 3-4ish cups of water per pot. Here are my awesome little helpers.
Side note: For the spinach/green eggs, I used an entire bag of spinach. I cooked the spinach in water on the stove, and then I put the cooked spinach in the food processor and “liquefied” the spinach. Then I dumped all that goop back into the water that it was cooked in. THEN I put the eggs in to soak. I’ve heard green eggs are difficult to dye so this was the route I took.
The colors didn’t turn out at all as I expected them to, but…I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. They’re earthy and warm and beautiful. Notice the spinach eggs barely changed color AT ALL. They were basically covered in green sludge that wiped right off. Bummer.
So now that it’s all said and done, this is a project I would defintely attempt again in the future. The kids loved it and helped a lot. It was messy, but the results were super cool so it was worth it. We all survived! There were no tears!! Two thumbs up for this activity!
Have you ever dyed eggs your eggs naturally? How did it go?