How to make all natural Easter Egg Dye
Whether you are celebrating a religious holiday or welcoming spring, there is always a reason to get creative and have fun in the kitchen! The Easter feel is all about pastel colors, eggs, and getting festive and crafty. Colouring eggs to welcome spring is a must-do, just like decorating Christmas trees to celebrate the holiday season!
We have been celebrating Easter for centuries now, but when and how did this start? The origins of this colourful egg tradition date back to as early as the 13th century, when Christians would celebrate the end of Lent.
After not eating eggs or any animal products for 40 days, they would end up with too many to eat! So, to make the eggs last longer, they would hard-boil and decorate them as part of the end of Lent festivities. Year after year, this activity became a tradition that is still celebrated till this day.
Eggs are also known to be a symbol for fertility and re-birth, which is in a way, what Spring is all about! It is that time of the year again when flowers start to blossom to bring colour back into the world after a dark winter. So, what better way to keep this tradition alive than by using natural Earthy pigments to colour your eggs! Use this recipe to keep your creativity and Easter spirit alive!
Natural Easter Egg Dyes
Westpoint Natural Pigments
- Turmeric Powder (Golden yellow)
- Beet Powder (Pinkish – red)
- Spinach Powder (Dark green)
- Hibiscus Flower (Bluish- green)
- Hard boiled eggs
- White Vinegar
- Oil (Optional)
- Place eggs in a saucepan and add water until the eggs are covered.
- Add the natural pigment of choice (2 tablespoons per cup of water) to the saucepan.
- Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to the natural dye in the saucepan.
- Bring the dye with the egg inside to a boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15-30 minutes.
- When you are happy with the intensity of the dye, let it cool to room temperature before transferring it into cups or mason jars.
- When transferring the liquid dye into cups or mason jars, make sure to strain the liquid. (A coffee filter works perfectly!)
- Soak the eggs in the mason jars with the natural dyes and leave them in the fridge overnight to get more intense colors.
- When pleased with the color, take them out of the liquid and let them dry.
- Rub some oil to give your new colored eggs a nice sheen!
- The outcome of the colour may vary on how much pigment and how long the egg remains in the natural dye.
- Experiment with different natural dyes like red cabbage, blueberries, red onions!
- Tip: Use brown eggs to get deeper and richer colours!