Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs (with materials you probably have at home)

I always remember my Grandmother having a copy of The Old Farmer's Almanac laying around at her house. I remember summers leafing through the pages while laying on her big bed with afternoon light coming through the curtains. This was, after all, before the days of iPads or *gasp* home computers. I think she had a compact VHS player and one of those TV's where you had to get up to change the channel on the TV itself.
So I had no choice but to turn to the old almanac for my Easter egg dye recipe. I like how they keep things simple. For less than the price of one of those at-home dye kits, we made some pretty neat colored eggs. Here's what you do:
1. Grab a handful of spinach, crushed blueberries (or blackberries), and orange peels.
2. Put them in a pot of water on the stove, adding two tablespoons of white vinegar. Without the vinegar you won't get very brilliant colors, so make sure you add that.
3. Put your eggs in the pots and bring to a boil. Keep them boiling for a few minutes, then turn off the heat but leave the pots on the burners.
4. Let them sit, covered, for about 15 minutes.

You'll have dyed and hard boiled eggs when you're done! For a darker colored egg, you can soak them for a bit longer. Or lets be honest- just add a little food coloring. Go crazy, no one needs to know! :)

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