Using food is a great and natural way to add color to your Easter eggs. This can be a fun project to do with the kids. You can watch how excited the kids get when they realize they can color eggs with food. It’s like a fun science project.
What you will need:
- natural dye products (I recommend red cabbage, coffee beans/grounds and beets)
- mason jars
- hard boiled eggs
Red cabbage will dye your eggs a beautiful shade of robin egg blue. Simply add 2 cups of cabbage to a saucepan and add enough water to submerge cabbage. Bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool, add to mason jars and add 1 TBSP of vinegar per 1 cup of dye solution. Gently add eggs to jar. Put in refrigerator over night or until you get your desired color. It can take up to 24-36 hours for darker eggs.
Add ground coffee, to mason jar. Fill jar with boiling water. Allow to cool add 1 TBSP of vinegar per cup of dye solution. This will dye your eggs a pretty tan/yellow color. Place in fridge over night or longer depending on the desired shade.
Add 2 cups of chopped beets to saucepan and add enough water to submerge beets. Bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool and add to mason jars and add 1 TBSP of vinegar per 1 cup of dye solution (you are starting to see a pattern here, right?). Gently add eggs to jar and place in refrigerator overnight or until you get the desired shade of color. This can take up to 24-36 hours for darker eggs. The beets will give your eggs a pretty pink hue.
There are many foods you can use for dyes, such as onions, turmeric, hibiscus. It’s especially fun for the kids to guess what color of eggs they will end up with. Have fun with it!