I spent a strangely large amount of my childhood peering into dye pots with skeins of yarn bubbling away inside. That's what happens when you have an art teacher mom. So when Kate Shatzkin at Charm City Moms mentioned naturally dyed Easter eggs, I just had to give it a try. The basics are simple:
beets = purple
tumeric = yellow
red cabbage = blue
There are lots of other things you can try to make natural dyes, but this group provided a good range of colors.
The basic idea is to grate your dye ingredient (if needed). Cover it with water and boil for a few minutes. Add a tablespoon or two of vinegar. Strain the liquid into a glass and wait for it to cool enough for those little fingers to handle. Submerge boiled eggs until you get the desired color. Oh, and if you are like me, you'll try and sneak in a few lessons about color theory while you wait.
The beets are a must and produced a strong color with lots of speckles. The tumeric and red cabbage dyes needed more time for the color to develop fully, but after 15 minutes or so, the results were good. But most importantly, the kids had fun and they are now all a lovely shade of purple.
For the complete recipe see recipetips.com.