So Easter is absolutely NOT cancelled!! Since we are all under the stay at home mandate, I figured I would have a little fun. I got the idea when I was collecting eggs from our chicken coop.
We have farm fresh eggs of a few different colors, greenish blue, brown, speckled and white! Some of you might be worried about getting out to get dye for dying Easter eggs BUT I have great news. You probably already have dye right in your pantry.
It took a few tries to get it right, I won't lie! BUT these turned out sooo gorgeous! I will give you the final ingredients and how to's to skip my mess ups.
First, I looked over literally everything I had that could possibly stain or dye with. I actually had a lot of options. So I used a few that created similar colors just in case you didn't have one!
-Frozen Cherry Berry Blend
I boiled my farm fresh eggs but you can use store bought as well! Use your favorite method to boiled and prep your eggs to dye!
Don't worry about being technical with this, have fun and it will turn out great!
-Pick out about a cup of each: blueberries, cherries and strawberries from frozen mix and separate into bowls
-4 or 5 Oranges
-A cup of coffee
-3 tablespoons Turmeric
-2 cups of dandelion heads
-Jars, I use 8 ounce jam mason jars.
1. In small sauce pan boil 2 cups of water and add about 2 tablespoons of vinegar. This will be your base for all dye materials. (You will do this for each color.) Add ingredients and boil separately to make your dye.
2. Add blueberries to sauce pan and boil for 10 minutes. You will see the berries turn gray and loose the color. Strain blueberries out and pour liquid into jar.
3. REPEAT STEP ONE, then add cherries to sauce pan and boil for 10 minutes. You will see the cherries fade and loose the color. Strain cherries out and pour liquid into jar.
4. REPEAT STEP ONE, then add strawberries to sauce pan and boil for 10 minutes. You will see the strawberries turn white and loose the color. Strain strawberries out and pour liquid into jar.
5. REPEAT STEP ONE, then cut and smash oranges into sauce pan. Boil for 10 minutes. Strain oranges our and pour liquid into jar.
6. Pour black coffee into jar. (the stronger the coffee is, the better the dye!) Add 2 tablespoons vinegar.
7. Pour beet juice liquid from can into your jar and add 2 tablespoons of vinegar. You should have about a cup of liquid.
8. REPEAT STEP ONE, then add turmeric to sauce pan and boil for 10 minutes. You can strain excess turmeric but it will settle once placed into jar. Just stir before you use it!
9. REPEAT STEP ONE, then add dandelion heads to sauce pan and boil for 10 minutes. Strain out dandelions and pour liquid into jar.
10. Now that you have several jars of dye! Let them cool.
11. This is the fun step, you start dying your eggs. Carefully dip eggs into dye and jar with a spoon.
12. Let eggs sit in dye for at least 10-15 minutes. The longer the better!
13. ENJOY and HAVE FUN!
-Wear old shirts and put down an old towel. You will get dye on something and it will stain!
-I started having fun and dyed an egg in the turmeric, let it dry and then dyed it in the blueberry dye! It was so pretty! Mix away!
- These are natural dyes so they will not be extremely bright like artificial egg dyes.
-You can substitute berries for what you have in your pantry!
I hope you and your family enjoy this as much as I did!
Take lots of pictures and share!!