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Natural Ways to Dye Easter Eggs

Are you an egg-coloring enthusiast bored with the traditional method and looking for new ways to express your art? Or perhaps you fear the almost inevitable messes from artificial dyes when you have kids reaching over each other because they just had to have that blue dye? Us too.

You can let go of that worry now, because we have three natural egg-dyeing alternatives that will rekindle your creativity and decrease the chance of messy mishaps. And the kids will love these too!

Here are your options:

  1. Colored Tissue Paper
  2. Natural Food-Based Dying
  3. Stickers and Crayons

Colored Tissue Paper

Our first solution is a no-mess approach using colorful strips of tissue paper. This one is especially great if you have children at that age where their attention seems to be constantly shifting.

  1. Head to your nearest craft store and grab some brightly colored tissue paper.
  2. Cut the paper into pieces about an inch or two wide. Feel free to make fun shapes or designs.
  3. Spray your already hard-boiled egg with water, or dip it in a cup.
  4. Begin placing colored pieces in whatever fashion you like. Really get creative here!
  5. Set on a rack and remove the paper when they are dry.

You’ll be left with an array of incredible colors that have soaked into the eggs, without any mess.

Natural Food-Based Dying

This method uses a variety of foods instead of artificial dyes to create color. You will still want to supervise kids if you use this method, but at least if spills do happen, you’ll know what you’re dealing with.

For each color you’ll want to simmer your uncooked eggs in hot water for 15 minutes, adding one tablespoon of white vinegar for each cup of water, and add one of the following ingredients to create your color:

  • Orange – Yellow onion skins
  • Blue – Simple Truth Organic Frozen Blueberries (thawed)
  • Brown – Simple Truth Organic Ground Coffee (brewed)
  • Yellow – Ground turmeric
  • Green – Simple Truth Organic Baby Spinach
  • Pink – Fresh beets

You’ll need to use your own judgment on how much to use, depending on the intensity of color you desire. And don’t forget to snack on the foods you aren’t using to dye the eggs!

Stickers and Crayons

One final way to decorate your eggs that is both clean and fun is to break out the crayons and stickers. Don’t be misled – this is not just for the kids.

The great thing about this method is that once your colored eggs from the previous two methods are dry, you can still add stickers to create a special touch on your favorite art masterpieces.

What is your favorite memory from coloring eggs?

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