How to Dye Easter Eggs Using Vegetables – Dying Easter Eggs Naturally

by Charlene on March 19, 2012

in Adventures at Home, Homeschooling Adventures, Parenting and Kids

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Coloring Easter eggs is super fun.  Last year we decided to try something a little different and see what would happen.  We decided to dye Easter Eggs using natural dye made from vegetables.  It’s super fun, fairly easy, and rather time consuming.  It was so worth it in the end though.  Plus, it was a fabulous science lesson.  Here’s what we did:

I’d never done this before, and it was lots of fun, especially predicting the colors we would end up with (and being wrong as often as right).  Nick and I made the dye, then we all dyed the eggs.  Here’s how we did it and what we ended up with :

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First, chop up veggies or fruits, and put them in a saucepan… these were beets.

 

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Then add water, about 2 cups is good, it should be no more than 1 inch above the top of the veggies, our best ones had more veggies than water. Boil on the stove for at least 15 minutes, longer for lighter colored foods. Add 1-3 tsp vinegar to the mix after removing from the stove. Strain, and put into bowls or cups for dipping.  Be sure to leave room in the cup for the egg.  Also, make sure your cup is big enough that you’ll be able to get the egg back out when it is done dying.

 

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Put your hard boiled eggs into the bowls / cups of dye, make sure they are covered all of the way by the liquid or the part that is sticking out will not dye. You can do more than one in a bowl at a time.

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Let soak for 15 min. to overnight (if doing overnight, you’ll need to refrigerate them. We did about an hour, the longer the soak, the brighter the colors.

 

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Carefully remove from dye (be careful not to get the dye on anything. This egg is our red cabbage egg, it is hard to see in the picture, but it came out looking like a purply blue, by the time it dried it was similar to the color of a robin’s egg.

 

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This is our carrot egg, it was almost white, I think next time I’d use more carrots and shred them before boiling instead of just chopping them up.

 

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This one was dyed with beets. One got more vivid as it dried, but another turned kind of orangish, both were beautiful!

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Red Chili Pepper Egg – We were expecting red or brown, but it was actually a pretty orange color.

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This one is the onion one, the dye was stinky! The egg was a light brownish orange

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The strawberry egg turned a pretty pink that got darker as it dried.

 

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This one is blueberries and it is a really dark purple blue color, super neat… it too got much darker as it dried.

 

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The coffee grind egg came out light brown as expected.

 

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Aren’t they beautiful?

Our overall verdict: 

Beautiful eggs and a great science experiment.  Certainly worth doing once, too much work to do every year.

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Molly Jo March 20, 2012 at 12:02 am

This was really great! I hadn’t really thought of this as an option for coloring; how fun! Thanks for the inspiration. I may do this, this year.
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Charlene March 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

It really is lots of fun :) I really liked the colors that we got out of them, most of them were subtle and beautiful.

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Paige April 3, 2012 at 10:38 am

How much fun! Your eggs came out great and I bet your son learned a lot in the process. Kudos to you for making science exciting!
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Dorie April 4, 2012 at 6:29 am

Great idea to use natural dyes! Love the results and the learning. Definitely an idea I want to try. Thank you.

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