Making Natural Dye

Dye Recipes:

Beets: Boil a few cut beets in a small pot of water until tender and the liquid turns a deep pink. Pour liquid into a small bowl.

Red Cabbage: Put a few cabbage leaves in a small pot with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil until the liquid turns a deep blue. Pour liquid into a small bowl.

Onion Skins: Crunch the onion skins into a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 15 minutes and let coo.

Tumeric: Mix 1 heaping tablespoon of turmeric with 1/2 cup of water in a measuring cup. Stir to blend.

Coloring Eggs:

  1. Boil eggs; remove from hot water and cool slightly.
  2. Rub shells with white vinegar to help the shell take the dye.
  3. Place eggs in bowls with natural dyes and let sit for several minutes – longer for a deeper color saturation. Blot eggs dry with a paper towel and arrange on a plate or within a basket.

Note: some produce will provide “stronger” dyes than others. It’s OK to leave eggs in the dyes for couple hours or overnight.

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