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How to Dye Easter Eggs

Dyeing Easter Eggs​​

You're never too old to have fun dyeing Easter eggs! This wholesome activity has been around for ages. Take it back to the basics using natural colours from foods you might already have at home! 

Already have food colouring? No problem! We've got directions for dyeing Easter eggs like mom used to make.

  • Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

    Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

    Take this wholesome Easter activity back to basics using natural colours found in food! This recipe makes enough for a single colour of dye. If you want a variety of colours, make multiple batches.

    Yield: Makes 1.

    Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

    Ingredients

    • Colouring agent (see chart below)*
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 tbsp pure white vinegar*
    • 1 hard-cooked egg
    Colouring Agent

    Ingredients

    • 1 tbsp ground tumeric | YELLOW
    • 1 orange pekoe tea bag | ORANGE/BROWN
    • 1 cup chopped red beets | RED/MAROON
    • 1 cup sliced purple cabbage | BLUE (left overnight)
    • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries | DARK PURPLE

    Directions

    1. Combine colouring agent and water in a medium non-reactive saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
    2. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
    3. Strain mixture through a sieve into a small non-reactive container; discard solids. Stir in vinegar.
    4. Submerge egg in dye. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours. Egg submerged in due for a longer period of time will be a more vivid colour.
    5. Carefully remove egg from dye. Gently pat egg dry with paper towels. Do not wipe or rub egg, as this will disturb the colour. Let egg stand until completely dry. Colour will intensify upon drying.
    Tip:

    Wear gloves and have plenty of paper towels ready when you remove the egg from the dye. It will stain your hands and any unfinished or porous countertops.

    As a bonus activity, you can use leftover dye as natural watercolour paint.

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  • Food Colouring for Easter Eggs

    Food Colouring for Easter Eggs

    Just like mom used to make - Easter eggs dyed with food colouring.

    Food Colouring Easter Eggs

    Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup hot water
    • 1 tsp pure white vinegar
    • 1/4 tsp liquid food colouring
    • Eggs, hard-cooked and chilled

    Directions

    1. In a small bowl or large mug, combine water, vinegar and food colouring.
    2. Carefully add one egg and leave in coloured water mixture until the desired shade of colour is achieved.
    3. Remove egg from coloured water and place on a rack to allow to dry.
    4. Working with one egg at a time and reusing coloured water, repeat procedure.
    Tip:

    Two or more colours can be combined to create other colours:

    To make ORANGE, combine RED and YELLOW

    To make PURPLE, combine RED and BLUE

    To make GREEN, combine BLUE and YELLOW

    To make BROWN, combine RED and GREEN

    To make BLACK, combine RED, BLUE and GREEN