Making Natural Dyes
Red: Boil a few cut beets in a small pot of water until tender and the cooking liquid turns a deep pink. Pour liquid in a small bowl.
Blue: Put a few red cabbage leaves in a small pot with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil until the liquid turns a deep blue. Pour liquid into a bowl.
Gold: Crunch yellow onion skins into a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 15 minutes and let cool.
Yellow: Mix 1 heaping tablespoon of turmeric powder with 1/2 cup water in a measuring cup. Stir to blend.
- Boil eggs; remove from hot water and cool slightly.
- Rub shells with white vinegar to help the shell take up the dye.
- Place eggs in bowls with the natural dyes and let sit for several minutes – longer for deeper color saturation. Get creative with the texture by applying clear tape to the eggs. Blot eggs dry with a paper towel and arrange on a festive plate or within a basket.