DIY naturally coloured eggs

diy coloured eggs

diy natural coloured eggs














Have a Crack at Dyeing Eggs

by Amber Rossouw

There are natural dyes all around the home. Beets! Coffee! Cabbage! The coolest part of this crafty experiment is to see what colours come from what after being thrown in a pot.

You will need

  • eggs
  • 4 cups of boiling water
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp salt

+ one of the following bases

  • 2 cups red onion skin
  • 2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 2 cups red cabbage
  • 1 cup dried black beans
  • 6 tbsp dill seed
  • 2 large beetroot, chopped
  • 2 cups white onion skin
  • 6 tbsp matcha
  • 4 tbsp coffee

Make the dye.
Pop your selected dyeing ingredient into a pot. Add in 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar plus 2 tablespoons of salt. If more water is needed to cover the ingredients, proportionally increase the amount of vinegar and salt. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl and let cool.

For darker colours boil the eggs in the dye for 30 mins. For lighter shades soak the eggs in the dye at room temperature for 30 minutes. You can experiment with the soaking times and even try overnight.

Dyeing the eggs.
The best eggs to dye are white eggs. The lighter the egg-shell colour the better results you will get. Hard-boiled eggs can be used in both the boiled and cold dipping methods. Raw eggs can be used for the boiled method. For hollow eggs (that will last a lifetime), cold-dip the raw eggs, then blow them out after they are dyed and dried.

For the cold dipping method. Use a metal spoon (otherwise your wooden spoons will get a splash of colour) and lower the cooled hard-boiled egg into the bowl of cooled dye. Let the egg soak for as little as 10 seconds or as long as overnight. This duration comes down to the depth of colour you are after. Remove the eggs with a straining spoon, pat down with a paper towel and let dry on a wire rack. The cold-dipping method produces subtle shades. To avoid an uneven spread of colour you might also need to rotate the eggs while in the dye.

For the boiled-dipping method. Use a metal spoon and lower the raw egg in a pot of strained dye. Bring to boil for approx. Thirty minutes or less if your desired colour has been achieved. The heat allows the dye to saturate the shells and produces a more intense and evenly spread shade. Remove eggs with a straining spoon, pat down with a paper towel and let dry on a wire rack.