Since the end of last year, I have been collecting onion skins to paint beautiful brown eggs with the children. I wanted to decorate them with flowers. In the shop I looked for big white eggs, brought the whole plate home and the next day we wanted to prepare the infusion with the children. But unfortunately, Matej threw them in the trash.
How to choose an egg to dye with natural colors
I would recommend white eggs, which is unfortunately not easy to get before Easter. White eggs catch color more strongly, especially in such colors as blue or pink. Dark eggs, on the other hand, catch better shades of brown.
Coloring with natural colors
I did not use the most ideal way in many ways, because there was no time to find new ingredients for dyeing. My plan was ruined and I had to improvise quickly.
You will need: turmeric, vinegar, salt
I put 2 tablespoons of turmeric, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, a pinch of salt and about half a liter of water into the pot. You can give the spice less or more according to the desired color saturation. I tried this ratio. Yellow color caught the best. I proceeded very simply. I warmed the infusion, put it on a spoon with a hard-boiled egg, and left the eggs in the brine for exactly five hours. I didn’t brew the eggplant. To achieve rich colors, it is better to cook the infusion. I chose this procedure because it was easier. Eggs from the store often burst, so I cooked them first separately.
You will need: Black tea
I made black tea – 2 bags per half a liter of water. I put the eggs in the tea and left them in the tea for five hours. I didn’t brew the infusion.
You will need: Beetroot, vinegar or beetroot infusion (does not stain as well as beetroot)
It is best to make your own color from beetroot, peeling, slicing and boiling in vinegar water to a deep red color. Place the eggs in the brine and leave them in until they reach the desired shade. I didn’t have fresh beetroot at home. I replaced it with sterilized beetroot, from which I took the infusion, warmed it up and put the eggs in it for five hours. The eggs caught a slightly pink color. If I prepared my own infusion, they would be pinker.
You will need: Red cabbage, vinegar or infusion of red cabbage beet (does not stain as well as red cabbage)
Cut the red cabbage, put it in the water, add the vinegar and cook until the cabbage leaves the juice and the water turns color. Then drain the decoction and put the eggs in it. I didn’t have fresh red cabbage at home, so I used a red sterilized cabbage infusion. I poured it through a strainer into a pot, warmed it up and put eggs in it. I left the eggs in the brine for five hours.
Painting eggs with natural colors is more demanding than coloring eggs with classic colors. You will need beetroot, cabbage, turmeric and black tea. In natural colors the eggs need to be steeped much longer.
I wish you a lot of fun. 🙂