Homemade Easter Egg Dye: How to Make Easter Egg Dye from Things in your Cupboards


Homemade Easter Egg Dye: How to Make Easter Egg Dye from Things in your Cupboards

Obviously, I like to dye Easter Eggs, I mean, I go to the painstaking effort of blowing out each shell and I spend several hours decorating eggs to place around the house the night before Easter morning.  I’m not sure why I like the eggs, since I don’t eat them but I do.  For this reason, I am always looking for new ways to do the eggs and new ways to create wonderful dyes for the eggs.  Usually, I will purchase a nice kit from the store and I have done them all; neon, pastels, glow in the dark, speckled, you name it, I have probably used the product.

One thing that I had never done, was make my own dyes so I finally decided that I would gather a few things together and create some homemade dyes.  It does take a little more effort but the effect can be some truly beautiful eggs that are unique and truly yours.

The best point about this craft is it brings your children’s crafts into the kitchen, and as any chef or baker knows, you can create some true masterpieces on a stove.

Homemade Easter Egg Dye: How to Make Easter Egg Dye from Things in your Cupboards


Crafts Materials That You Will Need:

  • Saucepan
  • 1 cup of water
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons 1tsp and 1 tbsp
  • Item for Dye (see the list below)
  • Stove

Dye Colors:

Orange:  Paprika

Green: Spinach

Blue: Blueberries

Red: Red Onions

Pink: Raspberries

Yellow: Orange peels

1.   The first thing that you should do before you start making your own dyes is talk to your child about kitchen safety.  Depending on the age, your child may not be able to help with the stove portion of this craft but there are other things that your child can do, such as measure out ingredients.


2.   Measure out 1 cup of water and have your child pour it into the saucepan.

3.   Place the saucepan on the stove and set the temperature to medium-high.

4.  While the water is beginning to heat, have your child measure out the ingredients.  Usually, you will want about 2 or 3 tablespoons of the ingredient.  Sometimes you may need more, especially if you are trying to leach the color from a fruit or vegetable.


5.   Add the ingredients to the water.  In this case, I am using a paprika to create orange dye.


6.   Bring the water and ingredients to a slow boil.


7.  Lower heat to a low-medium and simmer.  Usually it can take about 15 minutes but for vibrant colors, you will want to simmer for about an hour.  Lower the heat if your water is evaporating too quickly.  Make sure you occasionally stir the mixture.


8.  Once the simmering time has passed, remove from the heat and pour into a small container or bowl for dying the eggs.


9.  Add two to three teaspoons of vinegar to the dye and stir until it is blended in.


10.  Take out the eggs you will be dying out of the fridge, or blow them out if you want them hollow, and place them into the bowl.

11.  Allow the eggs to sit in the dye until you get the desired color.  If you want dark, full color, let the eggs sit in the dye overnight.  Make sure you put it in the fridge or close the container to prevent the dye from spilling.


12.  Remove the eggs from the dye and wipe off the excess dye.

The eggs that are produced from these types of dyes are flat and do not produce a shiny finish.  If you want to have a shiny finish, coat the eggs with a spray sealer that you can pick up at most craft stores in the ceramics section.




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