Naturally dyed Easter Eggs

Hello my zebras!

Easter is not too far away now and there’s one thing that you can’t miss out on: Easter eggs! It does not matter whether they’re made of chocolate or chicken eggs – they’re an important part of Easter! In the last few years, I have often dyed my Easter eggs with those colours from the supermarket and somehow the colours never turned out the way I wanted them. But I haven’t thought too much about it until this year when I came across natural methods for dyeing the eggs. And believe me, I will never go back to Supermarket colours again!

For a wonderful sea-green aqua tone you need …. Red cabbage! Yes, red cabbage. Because unlike you might expect it the cabbage doesn’t make the eggs purple or red, but dyes them a deep green-blue hue. No wonder the cabbage is also known as ‘Blaukraut’ (or Blue Cabbage) where I’m from. But enough of the theory, time to get our hands dirty!

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Red cabbage egg colour

Enough for 5 eggs (at full colour intensity)

  • 1 red cabbage
  • 1 – 1.25 l of water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Cups for dyeing
  • White, hard-boiled eggs

Chop up the red cabbage and place in a large saucepan. Simmer together with the water for about 30 minutes. Drain the cabbage, collect the ‘juice’ in a bowl and allow to cool.

Add vinegar and baking soda to the liquid and mix well. Place the eggs into small cups and add the dye until they are covered. Leave the eggs in the dye until the desired shade is achieved – this can take between 1 and 24 hours! Carefully stir the eggs from time to time to make sure the colour will be even.

When the dye is used for a second batch of eggs, the staining won’t be quite as strong.

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I have to admit: I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS COLOR! So, so beautiful ❤ Even my little (or perhaps not so little anymore) nephew was enthusiastic and therefore voluntarily helped out taking the pictures 🙂

So what are your plans for Easter?

 

Stay sweet & HAPPY EASTER EGG DYEING!

xx Kristin

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