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Dying Easter Eggs
by Sharmagne Leland-St. John
We stopped using messy dye kits many years ago when we discovered
found on our kitchen shelves, spice cabinets or refrigerator could be
dye our eggs beautiful rich colours.
Red/Pink: Sliced beets, fresh or frozen cranberries or raspberries.
Yellow: Ground turmeric, or cumin, or saffron.
Orange: Skins from a yellow onion. Use dry outer layers only.
Golden Green: Yellow Delicious apple skins.
Green: Spinach leaves
Blue: Red cabbage leaves or blueberries.
Purple: Bottled grape juice
Brown or beige: Coffee brewed strongly.
For a surprise use walnut shells.
Place the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan.
Cover the eggs with cold water.
Add a teaspoon of white vinegar.
Add your natural food products. Add more for darker colours.
Remember the more eggs you are dying the more dye you will need.
Bring the water to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
With a slotted spoon remove the fruits or vegetables you used to dye
If you prefer lighter eggs remove them from the hot water when you have
attained the desired colour.
Plunge the eggs into cold water. This will make them easier
If you want the eggs to be a darker colour place them in a bowl covered
the dye and put in the refrigerator over night.
You may rub the dry eggs with vegetable oil to make them shine.
Another way to dye with onion skins is to gather many pieces of the dry
layers of skins from yellow, brown or red onions. Very carefully
eggs in the skins, holding them in place with rubber bands.
Hard cook the eggs as above. When you unwrap them you will have
colours and designs.
You may also use the rubber band method, using the natural dyes, or food
colouring paste or liquid food colour.
Use rubber bands of various widths and sizes.
Wrap the eggs around with the rubber bands.
In cups of hot water dissolve a dab of the paste or 6 drops of liquid.
Add 1/4 cup vinegar.
Plunge the hard boiled eggs into the cups of dye.
Remove when you have attained the desired colour.
Blot dry with a paper towel and remove the rubber bands.
The dye will have seeped in under some of the bands and remain blocked
If you wish you may rewrap the eggs and place into a different colour.
To make Marbleised Eggs lightly stir one tablespoon of vegetable oil to
cup of dye. Immediately dip the egg into the mixture. You
may also set the
egg into egg cups and spoon the oil dye mixture over them. When
dries you may repeat process with a different colour of the dye mixture
To make Tissue Paper Eggs wet your hard cooked eggs either with a
bottle or by dipping them in water. Use 11/2 inch squares of new
coloured tissue papers. Wrap the wet egg in the squares using
colours and overlapping. If the tissue paper did not get
spritz with the water.
Set the eggs into the empty egg carton. When they are dry the
will fall away leaving a beautiful stained glass effect.
One of our favourite methods is to collect small ferns, small leaves and
flowers or blades of grass from the garden. Carefully lay them
egg, then wrap tightly in cheesecloth or the toe of a nylon stocking and
into your dye mixture. When you take the eggs from the dye there
beautiful patterns left on the eggs. Rinse the cheese cloth or
before using on the next egg.