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I feel a bit sheepish admitting this, but… Even though I’ve been dyeing fibers with natural dyes for years, I’ve never tried making naturally dyed Easter eggs until this year.

I know, I know. It’s the ultimate easy, accessible, fun and colorful spring craft that lets you play with some of the most common botanical dyes — the kind that we already have available in our kitchens. And it’s for grown-ups, too. But somehow, for me, it took having a child of my own and wanting to make this a tradition we share from year to year to get me to finally try it.

There are a few ways to dye eggs with vegetable dyes, but I found these instructions easy and the results really satisfying. I used red beets, red cabbage, turmeric powder, yellow onion skins, red onion skins, and red Thai roselle tea from a friend’s garden.

IMG_0118What I didn’t know is that you can also use brown eggs, not only whites — the results will be a little different, but that only adds to the range of vibrant colors you can eventually harvest in your basket.

Frankly, my daughter is still too young to participate in or marvel at the transformation of plain white and brown eggs into bright colorful ones. She is mostly interested in grabbing, then smashing, the eggs. But I myself got a bit hooked, so we will surely be doing this again in the future.


One thought on “All my eggs in one basket: Naturally dyed Easter eggs

  1. jane tims says:

    very nice post for Easter!!! jane

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