Plant Dyed Eggs
I don’t know about you, but in our household we love decorating for the season. Naturally, for the start of Spring we dyed eggs. I love the tradition of decorating and displaying artful eggs. It’s like creating a little alter to birth and life, all that springtime promises. And it is beautiful.
We are really into natural plant dyes here, and even plan to expand the dedicated dye garden this season. But even if natural dyes are not your personal jam, I promise that for this project they’re no more intensive a process to use than those dye kits from the grocery store. Nor do they cost more. I saw kits this year selling for $3, sans eggs and splash of vinegar. This project cost me $2, sans eggs and vinegar. Using plants for dyes will take more time, but not time spent doing much of anything, just time spent simmering a pot on the stove. And time spent letting your eggs soak until they reach the hue you like.
Pictured on this post is dyeing done with red cabbage. We chose red cabbage for the extra bonus of being seasonal and thus local. We have also used Turmeric, red beets, and red onion peels to dye eggs with great success.
We also printed botanical pieces onto a few of the eggs. It turned out beautiful, but is totally optional, of course.
Dyeing agent (we used red cabbage. Other good ones are red beets or red onion peels)
Eggs (we used brown because that’s what we had from our chickens. But use white if you have a choice)
Distilled white vinegar, just a splash
Pretty leaves or flowers (optional)
Panty hose or cheese cloth (optional)
Rubber bands or string (optional)
Chop up the entire cabbage and put it into a pot of water. I used about 1.5 gallons.
Bring cabbage to a boil, then turn down to simmer for an hour
While the cabbage is simmering, get your eggs ready. We picked pieces of foliage and (dried) flowers. Press them smoothest side down upon the egg, then snugly wrap the egg in cheese cloth, tie closed with a rubber.
After an hour of simmering, scoop out the cabbage leaves and compost them. We fed ours to the chickens as thanks for their lovely eggs!
5. Gently submerge your prepared eggs into the dye water, bring the water to a rolling boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. (This will leave your eggs hard boiled.)
6. Turn off the heat and let sit for one hour to overnight. I soaked them overnight because we were using brown eggs and thus needed more pigment to show up. Remember to refrigerate after an hour or so.
7. When the color is as vibrant as you would like, scoop out the eggs, remove the cheese cloth and foliage, and leave eggs to dry.
8. Enjoy your beauties!