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Create beautiful colors with natural ingredients! Dyeing eggs to celebrate spring is fun for kids and adults alike.

Select your dyeing agent, and place it in a pot using the amounts listed below. Add 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar to pot; if more water is necessary to cover ingredients, proportionally increase the amount of vinegar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the dye into a bowl. For turmeric and coffee, use a coffee filter inside a strainer, otherwise the sediments can cause uneven coloring.

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Red-cabbage dye: 4 cups chopped cabbage Turmeric dye: 3 tablespoons turmeric Onion-skin dye: 4 cups yellow onion skins Beet dye: 4 cups chopped beets Coffee dye: 1 quart strong black coffee

If you plan to make a lot of eggs, or if you are doing this as a group activity make 2x each dye solution so that you have plenty to cover your eggs or have more than one 'station' for dyeing them. You can do more than one egg at a time, but more than 3 at a time is not recommended.

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This method involves boiling the eggs with the dye; the heat allows the dye to saturate the shells, resulting in intense, more uniform color. Set raw eggs that have been brought to room temperature in a pot of strained and cooled dye; bring to a boil for the amount of time specified in the color guide of this article. Remove and dry eggs as with the cold-dipping method, touching them with your hands as little as possible.

Boil the Perfect Egg ⁓ put a dozen cold eggs in a pot of cold water with a tablespoon of salt and just cover the eggs with water. Bring to a boil and then cook for 15 minutes. This prevents the eggs from cracking.

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With this method, the eggs and the ingredients for the dye are boiled separately. Using a metal spoon, lower cooled hard-boiled eggs into a bowl of cooled dye, and let them soak for as lile as 5 seconds or as long as overnight, depending on the depth of color you desire (see color guide on the back). Remove eggs with spoon, pat dry with paper towels, and let dry on a wire rack. The cold-dipping method produces subtle, translucent shades. Make your dyes ahead and save them for up to seven days.

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eggsNatural dyes can sometimes produce unexpected results, so don't be surprised if, for example, your red-cabbage dye yields blue eggs. Use the following guide to help you achieve the colors you desire. If you plan to eat your dyed eggs, soak them overnight in the refrigerator. When eggs have dried thoroughly, you can use a little vegetable oil to give them a shine.

Gold: Boil eggs in turmeric solution, 30 minutes

Sienna: Boil eggs in onion-skin solution, 30 minutes

Rich Brown: Boil eggs in black coffee, 30 minutes

Pale Yellow: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 3-5 minutes

Bright Yellow: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution,30 minutes or more

Orange: Soak eggs in cooled onion-skin solution, 30 minutes

Deep Orange: Soak eggs in cooled onion-skin solution, overnight

Light Brown: Soak eggs in cooled black coffee, 30 minutes

Light Pink: Soak eggs in cooled beet solution, 30 minutes

Magenta/Pink: Soak eggs in cooled beet solution, overnight

Light Blue: Soak eggs in cooled cabbage solution, 30 minutes

Royal Blue: Soak eggs in cooled cabbage solution, overnight

Lavender: Soak eggs in room-temperature beet solution, 30 minutes
Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 2 minutes

Chartreuse: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes
Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 2 minutes

Salmon: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution,30 minutes
Follow with room-temperature onion-skin solution, 30 minutes

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  • Raw eggs (for the boiled method)
  • Boiled eggs (for the cold method)
  • Timer (This is important for colors that require
    double-dipping!)
  • Small Strainer
  • Cheesecloth (for straining dyes and can be used to create patterns when wrapped around eggs)
  • Container for dye solutions, preferably pint jars with lids so that you can refrigerate your dyes and use them again
  • Small to medium pots for the dyes
  • Metal slotted spoon - wood will get stained
  • Metal rack - for drying eggs
  • Paper towels
 
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