Ditch the store-bought egg dye kits this Easter and make your own with ingredients found in your kitchen. A fun experiment for kids!
Easter is just a week away. Are you going to be decorating eggs with your family?
I’ve been meaning to try out homemade egg dyes for Easter for years now. The kits available at stores make it so easy, but why buy them when I have a kitchen full of things that could be used as chemical-free dyes?
I knew I wanted to use purple cabbage, since I had a bunch left from making this killer pizza. I thought turmeric would be sure to dye the eggs well (since it dyes everything it touches whenever I use it!), so I used that along with some black tea leaves in my second saucepan.
I also heard that dried dill worked well, so I added that to a third pan, and realized that I only had 1 tablespoon left in the house. Yikes! Part of the point of this experiment was to see what I could come up with that was hanging out around the house, so rather than head out to buy more dill. My husband suggested matcha, so I added that to the dill for the last dye.
They worked out so beautifully! My son was super excited to see how we could turn vegetables and spices into a craft in the kitchen. He had a lot of fun watching the pans as they simmered and got more vibrant.
After an overnight stay in the containers of dye in the refrigerator, we rinsed them off, gently dried them and packed them up for his school’s Easter Egg Hunt.
He was dancing around with the eggs, just so, so proud of his creations!
We only needed 6 eggs for school, but we dyed 12 total so we would have some to enjoy at home, too.
When we were adding the hard boiled eggs to the containers of dye, I accidentally dropped one on the counter and cracked it. My son was concerned about it, so I told him that it’d be fine and that we could gently crack half of our eggs for another experiment!
The cracked shell patterns turned out so great! All we did was gently tap and crack the hard boiled eggs on all sides before submerging them in the dyes.
The results were super fun – the turmeric/black tea ones worked the best. The dill/matcha were pretty good, and the cabbage was nice and light blue.
This was such a fun activity for me and my son. He loved seeing the color come out of the red cabbage leaves after they boiled. The water was bright purple, but the eggs turned a beautiful pale robin egg blue.
With how much my family loves egg salad sandwiches, I think we may just experiment with more natural dyes all year ’round!