What is Easter without decorating and coloring eggs plus having a hunt for them? How about making your own homemade dyes you can use to decorate your eggs naturally? You can use various natural things you have at home.
- Various food and plant items for colouring (see below)
- Sauce pans for each color
- Slotted spoon
- Cooking oil
- Soft cloth
Pour 1/2 cup of water in each saucepan. Add cut-up fruit, vegetables or plants (carrots, blueberries, grass, or coffee, etc.). Bring to a boil and simmer until water turns color you like. Remove from heat and strain reserving water. When water has cooled add boiled or blown eggs. Let sit until they turn the desired color. Remove with slotted spoon and allow them to dry. Polish with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.
Light Purple – Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blue – Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Blue – Canned Blueberries, Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled), Purple Grape Juice
Green – Spinach Leaves (boiled)Grass
Yellow – Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled), Carrot Tops (boiled), Ground Cumin (boiled), Ground Turmeric
Brown – Strong Coffee Instant Coffee
Orange – Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Pink – Beets, Cranberries or Cranberry Juice, Raspberries, Red Grape Juice
Red – Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Lori Tinella is the founder, owner of Little Chefs based in Erin, Ontario.