- Pick four colors and corresponding botanicals from the list below. Your stove probably only has four burners, and that is why we are limited to 4 colors.
- If you want to use a white crayon to make designs or write names on the eggs, do it a this time. - Place the uncooked white eggs in a single layer in a pan. Add water until the eggs are covered.
- Add 1 teaspoon of vinegar and the natural dye. Use more dye material depending on the amount of eggs or for a more intense color.
- After water comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- If you are satisfied with the color, remove the eggs from the dye solution. The color will lighten once the egg dries.
- If you want the color to be more intense, you can soak overnight. Remove the eggs from the liquid. Strain the dye through a coffee filter, let the dye solution cool to room temperature. If you want a speckled effect, skip the straining step.
- Cover the eggs with the dye solution and let them soak in the refrigerator overnight.
- Naturally-colored eggs will not be glossy, but if you want a shiny appearance you can rub a bit of olive oil onto the eggs once they are dry.
Lavender: Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice, Red Zinger Tea
Violet Blue: Hibiscus Tea, Red Wine
Blue: Blueberries, Red Cabbage Leaves
Green: Spinach Leaves, Liquid Chlorophyll
Yellow: Orange or Lemon Peels, Ground Turmeric
Orange: Yellow Onion Skins, Cooked Carrots, Paprika
Pink: Beets, Cranberries or Juice, Raspberries, Juice from Pickled Beets
Red: Lots of Red Onions Skins, Canned Cherries with Juice, Pomegranate Juice, Raspberries