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Easter is coming up quickly! If you’re searching for a healthier Easter this year, than ridding your life of harmful dyes should be on your list. Using natural dyes for Easter eggs is simple, but a bit more time consuming. If you have a backyard garden, you may already have most of the fruits and vegetables available to make these dyes. Otherwise, they are easy and cheap at your local grocery store.

Natural Yellow Dye

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Turmeric give you a gorgeous yellow color! To make the yellow dye, you will need:

2 Tablespoons of Turmeric powder
1 Tablespoon of Salt
2 Cups of Water
1/2 Cup of White Vinegar

Bring the above ingredients to a boil over your stove. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain into a glass/ceramic bowl or mug. Let the liquid dye cool to room temperature. Drop in a hard boiled egg and let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to dry.

Natural Orange Dye

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Onion skins will give you a nice orange color! Be careful though, onion and vinegar make a pretty potent smell. Get ready for your house to be a bit stinky. To make the orange dye, you will need:

The Skin of One Large Onion
1 Tablespoon of Salt
2 Cups of Water
1/2 Cup of White Vinegar

Bring the above ingredients to a boil over your stove. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain into a glass/ceramic bowl or mug. Let the liquid dye cool to room temperature. Drop in a hard boiled egg and let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to dry.

Natural Green Dye

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Spinach gives off a nice light green color. This is probably the least potent of the dyes though. It will require a good amount of spinach and a longer boiling time. To make the green dye, you will need:

One large bushel of spinach
1 Tablespoon of Salt
2 Cups of Water
1/2 Cup of White Vinegar

Bring the above ingredients to a boil over your stove. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain into a glass/ceramic bowl or mug. Make sure to press the spinach against the strainer to get as much color out of the leaves as possible. Let the liquid dye cool to room temperature. Drop in a hard boiled egg and let it sit for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to dry.

Natural Light Blue Dye

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Red cabbage delivers a beautiful, light blue color. I honestly thought the color would be more pink, as the water/vinegar mixture looked pink once boiled. To make the light blue dye, you will need:

1 cup of Chopped Red Cabbage
1 Tablespoon of Salt
2 Cups of Water
1/2 Cup of White Vinegar

Bring the above ingredients to a boil over your stove. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain into a glass/ceramic bowl or mug. Let the liquid dye cool to room temperature. Drop in a hard boiled egg and let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to dry.

Natural Dark Blue Dye

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Blueberries create an awesome dark blue dye for Easter eggs. You really don’t need much and they seem to dye the best out of all the natural dyes that I tried. For the dark blue dye, you will need:

1/2 cup Blueberries
1 Tablespoon of Salt
2 Cups of Water
1/2 Cup of White Vinegar

Bring the above ingredients to a boil over your stove. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain into a glass/ceramic bowl or mug. Let the liquid dye cool to room temperature. Drop in a hard boiled egg and let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to dry.

Natural Pink Dye

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Beets produce an excellent pink die for your Easter eggs. About as easy and effective as blueberries, you only need one beet to deliver great color. For pink dye, you will need:

1 Large Beet, chopped
1 Tablespoon of Salt
2 Cups of Water
1/2 Cup of White Vinegar

Bring the above ingredients to a boil over your stove. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain into a glass/ceramic bowl or mug. Let the liquid dye cool to room temperature. Drop in a hard boiled egg and let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to dry.

Natural Beige Dye

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If you’re looking for beige, coffee will do the trick. What’s great about coffee is that you don’t need to add anything to it. Simply brew some coffee, pour into a mug, allow to cool to room temperature and then add the egg. Let the egg sit for 15 minutes and then remove.

Natural Gray Dye

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I read all over the internet that red wine was supposed to deliver purple eggs. This is not the case. I tried it twice and can attest that red wine makes the eggs look grey. They were pretty nonetheless, but not purple.

All these natural dyes are easy and fun to do with kids! What better way to teach your children how to color Easter eggs without the harmful chemicals. It’s also so much more fun to play with your food! Enjoy your Easter egg hunting with natural, non-toxic dyes!

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