Naturally Dyed Pastel Easter Eggs

I have dyed earth-tone eggs for years using natural ingredients  and also tried marbling eggs using olive oil and vinegar.

I loved both results.

But I really love the pastel colors of these eggs.  They just scream "spring" and Easter.

These eggs were all dyed using natural ingredients.

No commercial dyes or color kits. All you need is water, white vinegar and some vegetables.

I absolutely love the soft pastel shades that this method achieved.

To get these pale colors, you need to use white eggs.

Our ducks lays us piles and piles of white eggs each spring, so that works out perfectly.

But there are also lots of breeds of chickens that lay white eggs, including leghorn, andalusian, silkie,  ancona, hamburg and campine.

If you want to try dyeing pastel Easter eggs for yourself, here's what you do.

Pastel Easter Eggs

Put a teakettle of water on to boil. While you are waiting, measure 1-1/2 teaspoons of white vinegar into each of five glasses, coffee cups or other containers.

Here's what you Need

Then add the following ingredients to the five cups:

  • For pinkish purple eggs - 1/4 Cup shredded fresh beets
  • For peach eggs - Papery peels from two yellow onions
  • For yellow eggs - 1 Tablespoon turmeric 
  • For lime green eggs - 1/4 Cup chopped red cabbage and 1 teaspoon turmeric 
  • For blue eggs - 1/4 Cup chopped red cabbage 

Here's What you Do

Add a cup of boiling water to each container and stir to mix.

Let sit until the contents cool to room temperature, then strain the liquid.

Then place an egg into each cup.

I used uncooked eggs, but you can also use hard cooked or blown out eggs.

Let the eggs sit for 30 minutes.  If you're using blown out eggs, you will need to put something on top of the egg to keep it submerged. Another egg or a heavy spoon works well.
After 30 minutes, carefully take each egg out of the container and gently blot with a paper towel.

Set each egg onto the pins (or in your egg carton) to dry completely. 

You can reuse your liquid several times, dyeing a few eggs in each color.

When the eggs are completely dry, rub a bit of vegetable or olive oil onto the shell surface using a paper towel and wipe off any excess.  This will make those eggs shine!

Setting up your Egg Drying Area

In the meantime, you'll need to set up a drying area for your eggs.  You can use an empty egg carton or if you happen to knit, your blocking boards will work great.  A piece of styrofoam and some long, straight pins will work great too.

Conversely, you can just set the eggs on paper towels to dry, but propping the eggs up on pins helps make a more even coat of coloring on the entire egg.

I decided to make a drying 'rack using my blocking board, so I covered the board with paper towels and then stuck blocking pins into the board, four to a square, set apart far enough to cup each egg while it dries.

Your chickens will LOVE the leftover veggies!

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