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DIY Project: Homemade Easter Egg Dye

We really could title this little piece “Dyed Easter Eggs” but where is the fun in being so routine and typical in our title?  For Easter this year we went poking around our refrigerators and pantries for things we could use to dye a few eggs.   In our effort to keep it simple and not spend extra money we merely used what we had. We started small by boiling 5 eggs for our project.   And, while we are on the topic of boiling eggs, did you know there is a right way to prepare boiled eggs so the yolk comes out a creamy yellow without the green ring at the edge of the white?  It is really simple:

1.  Place eggs in a pot and fill with water until eggs are covered.  Turn the burner on to high and bring to a boil.  As soon as the water begins to boil, turn off the burner and cover the eggs.  Let sit for 10-12 minutes.  Carefully remove eggs and run under cold water to help stop the cooking process.  Place in refrigerator to cool completely.

2.  Once the eggs were boiled and cooled we prepared five dyes.  These included:

  • one cup of cold coffee
  • one cup of turmeric and 1 tsp. of vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of blended blueberries with some water added to raise the liquid volume to one cup
  • one cup of leftover canned beets juice with 1 tsp. of vinegar
  • one cup of leftover red spiced apple rings juiceEaster eggs

3.  With one egg in each cup, we let the eggs do their thing in the dye for about 45 minutes.Easter eggs

4.  Then we removed, let them rest a bit on a paper towel, then patted them dry and placed them in the basket!  We had a hard time figuring out which color we like the most.  The best part was that none of this required a special trip to the store!  And on Easter Sunday those pretty little eggs were shelled and deviled and enjoyed by the 4 of us as we enjoyed our Easter dinner.Easter eggs

Again, we loved the fact that we used what we had!  No sacks, no trips to the store or mall, no extra stuff including those dye kits that are on the store shelves this time of year.  The best part was peeking into the cups to see what color our eggs were turning!  The process was so much fun we are already brainstorming other foods that can be use for dye.  If you have any ideas, we would love to hear from you!

xo, Lauren and Carolyn


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