Natural Easter Egg Dye 2012

Last year, 2011, we dyed our eggs from scratch. Vinegar, water and either veges or herbs were used (see end of post for pictures)! I loved it! While I took a few pictures I kept records of the dyeing process. Then last May we moved. Everything got packed up, including my records. Jump to this April, 2012. It is almost Easter and we are moving again and I am not very willing to go on a hunt for my records or spend a ton or any time dyeing eggs, especially when my daughter no longer likes to eat eggs in any form. Enter my mom who loves holidays.

By the way, I forgot to mention, my mom crocheted Snug the cutest Easter basket. The pattern is from Country Woman and is pretty easily done with scrap fabric.

Anyway, on with the story…..

She definitely wants to dye eggs with Snug because this is basically their first Easter together. Enter me, again, who is against all artificial Easter Egg dyes. Enter Build-A-Bear who was handing out Easter egg dye kits, for free, the day we went to get our bear replaced. What a mess.

So while at whole foods one day with my mom, looking for things for Easter dinner, she brings up getting a dye set from there. Genius. I go and ask, after some hunting all around the store, the super helpful workers find one, ONE, last dye kit. Thank goodness!!! Whole Foods saves the day!!!!

Here is the dye kit we used this year.

Any idea what it might be called?? I believe it is nawara. Though I am not entirely sure. However it had directions in at least eight languages. Which is awesome.

There are five different colors. Red, orange, yellow, green and purple. Each color pack dyes 5-7 eggs. That is a lot of eggs, so we just decided to use two packets.

Snug decided on green and purple. So 10 eggs in total.

Take three cups of water. There is water in the measuring cup.

Pour the color granules in and stir.

By the way, here is what the color granules look like. Those small dots on the counter.

Once you are done stirring the granules in, drop in the eggs (uncooked), or place them. Placing is preferable. Snug did a big drop for a couple of them and broke one. No worries though.

Put the pot on the stove and let the water mixture boil and reduce.The directions say the exact time.

Do the same with the green.

This is how the purple looks after it is all done on the stove.

The green.

Here they are all done. One of our purple eggs broke and one of the meant to be purple eggs didn’t take the dye.

Green inside.

Green outside.

Purple inside.

Purple outside.

Here is the purple egg that didn’t take the dye. It did end up a little speckled though and the eggland’s best symbol boiled off. I never knew that happened.

This egg dye kit was okay. The colors aren’t too bad. Pretty dark in fact. It is a very easy kit and definitely a good option. Though, I do prefer the way we did it last year.

You boiled the eggs separately and the dye separately and then left them to soak together for a while. Here are some pictures from last year.

We used, vinegar, beets, Welch’s grape juice, cabbage and turmeric.

The cabbage, beets and grape juice all looked the same. (Did you notice the glasses in the background, Crystal week was taking place!!)

However, once they were all done they looked completely different. From left to right we have red cabbage (the eggs turned blue!), grape juice, turmeric and beets at the end on the right. Snug enjoyed the 2011 version of egg dying better than this year.

I think next year we will just do it our old way, it gives you more control over how much dye you want and how many eggs you want to dye and it is easier to do a nice variety and without having to use tons of eggs.

More experimenting is necessary though. I don’ think I will ever be able to find a natural dye that is as potent and quick as the artificial ones, but we will keep playing around and our eggs will get prettier every year!

Happy dyeing!

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