Natural Easter Egg Decorating: Make Your Own Dye

Natural Easter egg dying is all the rage this year. It’s easy, fun and infinitely more sustainable than the artificial dyes we’ve become accustomed to.

Homemade All-Natural Dyes

This was our family's first year trying the age old method of creating plant-based dyes and it was a resounding success. Creating a rainbow of colors is as simple as making your primaries, then combining them until the desired shades are reached. We've documented the fun on pg 43 of the April/May Digital Edition of Thrifty and Green Magazine!

All-Natural Easter Eggs

Here's our Recipe for Plant-Based Works-Like-a-Darn Red/Pink:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups beets, grated
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • Other Options: strong Red Zinger tea, or chopped fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions:

Combine the ingredients and boil for 15 minutes. The vinegar acts as a fixative - it’s the magic that makes the color take! Once the dye has cooled, submerge the egg and let it sit for 15 minutes, or longer for deeper color.

Three All-Natural Easter Egg Recipes

Get the recipes for yellow and blue all-natural dyes on page 61 of this month's Thrifty and Green Digital Edition. We also share our favorite sustainable decorating tips - including the very stripy elastic band egg technique and the Easter Egg hit of the year - tattoo eggs!

Tattoo Easter Eggs

More Fun With Natural Dyes

I've stored our homemade dyes in airtight containers in the fridge and am contemplating our next project. Perhaps a tie-dye adventure is order? Suggestions?

 

 

Creating a rainbow of colors is as simple as making the primaries, then mixing them together until desired shades are achieved. This lesson in color spectrum is half the fun for kids!

Creating a rainbow of colors is as simple as making the primaries, then mixing them together until desired shades are achieved. This lesson in color spectrum is half the fun for kids!

Creating a rainbow of colors is as simple as making the primaries, then mixing them together until desired shades are achieved. This lesson in color spectrum is half the fun for kids! Creating a rainbow of colors is as simple as making the primaries, then mixing them together until desired shades are achieved. This lesson in color spectrum is half the fun for kids!

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