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How to Make Eco-Friendly Easter Eggs

Start a new family tradition: decorating Easter eggs with fruit and vegetable dyes you and your kids create together. Here’s how.

By Reader's Digest Editors

Why buy another box of artificial dyes when Mother Nature’s own colorful palate is right there in the produce aisle? This year, start a new family tradition: decorating Easter eggs with fruit and vegetable dyes you and your kids create together. Here’s how:

1. Plan your color palate.
You’d be amazed how many fruits and veggies can be used to create dyes. To keep things simple, decide on 3-5 different colors and shop accordingly. For the most vibrant colors, go with…

  • Frozen blueberries = blue
  • Red cabbage = blue/purple
  • Grape juice = purple
  • Beets, frozen berries, or cranberry juice= red
  • Turmeric (spice) = yellow
  • Spinach = green
  • Orange juice = orange
  • Tea or coffee grounds = brown

2. Boil the eggs.
Everyone has their favorite tried-and-true method of hard boiling eggs. Use yours, or try this one: Put your eggs in a pot and cover them with 1-2 inches of cold water and a dash of salt. Bring the water to a boil. Once the water has boiled, turn off the burner and let the eggs sit in the hot water on the stove for 10-15 minutes. Remove the eggs from the pot, place them in a bowl and let them cool before dying.

3. Boil down the dyes.
Most natural dye ingredients need to be boiled to produce the desired intensity of color. Fill a saucepan with approximately two cups of fruit, vegetables, or spices and cover with water. Once the mixture has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer until you’re satisfied with the color. Pour the dye through a strainer into a bowl and stir in a few teaspoons of white vinegar. Repeat the process for each of your desired colors. (Note: Fruit juices do not need to be boiled.)

4. Dye the eggs.
Using your fingers or tongs, dip the eggs into the various colored dyes to create solids, stripes or patterns. Use eco-friendly soy crayons for decorating. (Note: You may need to leave the eggs in the natural dye longer than you would if using a store-bought petroleum based dye.)

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Sources: Mothering.com, Kiwimagonline.com, Celebrategreen.net

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