Homemade Easter Egg Dyes
Dyeing Easter eggs is such a memorable springtime activity that can be shared with friends, kids and grandchildren. For your dye, simply combine ½ cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon white vinegar and about 20 drops of liquid food coloring. But if you want a healthier option that doesn’t include all the artificial junk that’s in food coloring, try making your own dye at home. It’s actually really easy—and a whole lot more fun!
Here are recipes from Real Simple to make 6 different dye colors, all from ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. To make blue, look to those frozen blueberries lurking in the back of your freezer. Bring about 3 ½ cups frozen blueberries and 2 cups water to a boil on the stove, and boil for 5 minutes. Pour colored liquid into a cup or bowl, straining out the blueberries with a strainer. Then stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. For pink dye, follow the same method as with the blueberries but substitute in raspberries.
To make yellow, bring 2 cups water and 2 tablespoons turmeric to a boil on the stove, and boil for 5 minutes. Pour colored liquid into a cup or bowl, then stir in 1 tablespoon vinegar. To make orange, follow the same procedure, but replace the turmeric with paprika.
To make brown, combine 2 cups boiling water with ¼ cup instant coffee granules. Then add 1 tablespoon vinegar.
And finally, to make green, mix one part blue dye with one part yellow dye.
Making these dyes is such an easy process and is a fun color lesson to do with the little ones!