HOW TO: Dye Easter Eggs Naturally with Leaf Imprints

by , 04/02/12

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What You Need:

  • 1 Dozen (or more) white eggs (brown will not work well for this project)
  • Large pots (2 or more for dyeing, 1 for boiling eggs)
  • 1 head of red cabbage (blue, purple dye)
  • 1 beet (red, pink dye)
  • Jars for dyes
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Old panty hose
  • Twist ties (optional)
  • Leaves, flowers, stickers – whatever you’d like to imprint on the egg

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Step 1: Make Your Dye

In a large pot, mix 2 quarts of water and 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar. Then add 1 head of chopped red cabbage. This will make purple and blue dye. Bring the mixture to a boil and then let simmer for several hours until you get desired color. In another pot, I mixed 1 quart water 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar with 1 chopped beet for a red and pink dye. You can try other fruits and vegetables for other egg dye colors.

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Step 2: Boil Eggs

After your dye is made, you’ll want to make hard boiled eggs. In a large pot, add cold water and your eggs. Then bring to a boil over medium heat. Once the water comes to a hard boil, let your eggs boil for 10 minutes. Take out and cool.

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Step 3: Put Egg in Hose with Leaf

Take your panty hose and cut 4-inch squares – the hose should be flat – not doubled. Then lay your leaf down on the hose. Lay your egg on top of the leaf then cover with the hose. Make sure it is tight! Then use your twist tie to secure. You want to make sure your leaf is tight on the egg, if not, the dye will seep into the spots and bleed color where your leaf print should be.

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Step 4: Dye Eggs

Put your eggs into the dye and let sit for at least 30-45 minutes – or longer if you want darker colors. I let my darkest eggs sit for four hours. I used several jars so I could have more eggs dyeing at once.

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One Response to “HOW TO: Dye Easter Eggs Naturally with Leaf Imprints”

  1. Cindys Creative Crochet says:

    These look so cool. for the dye you can also use yellow onion skin to get a gorgeous golden yellow colour.

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