Egg decorating is a festive activity that celebrates the arrival of spring, the season of renewal. The egg, an ancient symbol of rebirth and new life, has a long and storied history tied to holidays and seasonal celebrations around the world, including Easter. In fact, if you have laid hand-dyed eggs, you inadvertently, participate in one of the oldest known decorative art forms. In 2010, archaeologists in South Africa Discovered engraved ostrich eggs Dating back some 60,000 years. Since then, eggs have been decorated in every way imaginable, including traditional strange (Ukrainian Easter Egg Decoration) and dicoup eggs inspired by arts and crafts.
This tutorial keeps things simple and relies on natural ingredients, resulting in rich, jewel-toned colors that cover the eggs in colored smoke but also show the shell’s charred beauty. Drawing on the color palette of spring for inspiration – from Robin’s egg blue to daffodil yellow – the dye recipes shared here require some kitchen ingredients and a little patience.
These dyes are not working as fast as their commercial counterparts; Eggs need to be soaked for at least a few hours. To get the vibrant colors shown here, you must soak your eggs overnight. If you prefer more pastel tones, a short soak is effective. Keep in mind that this is not an exact science – the colors will vary greatly depending on many factors, including the color of your egg shells and the amount of soaking them for you.
Natural dye materials, such as
Roughly 8-10 onions, 3 cups yellow onion skins
3 cups of red cabbage, almost chopped
3 tablespoons ground turmeric
3 cups beets, sliced
3 cups frozen blueberries
3 tablespoons hibiscus loose leaf tea
1.5 quar water per dye component
12 tablespoons white vinegar
2 dozen white or brown eggs, or both, boiled
To make a dye bath, mix the same natural dye ingredient (listed above) with one and a half quarters of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. After the water boils, reduce the heat and boil for about 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool before pouring the liquid into a large glass jar or bowl. Avoid using stoneware as a dye stain. Manure or disposal of solids. Stir two tablespoons of white vinegar into the dye.
Repeat these instructions for each dye material in separate dishes, or thoroughly wash the same pot after each preparation.
To dye the eggs, pour a layer of hard-boiled eggs into a jar or baking dish, and dye them until they are completely submerged. For soft, pastel colors, allow the eggs to soak for two to three hours; For vibrant, rich colors, keep a dip of egg dye in the fridge and allow them to soak overnight. You can experiment with the vibrancy of the dye by soaking the eggs several times, but just make sure to dry them in the middle of the soaks. You can dip eggs in different baths to achieve different colors; Purple eggs were produced by coloring eggs in beet dye and later in cabbage dye.
To remove eggs from the dye, it is best to use a slotted spoon. The key is to remove them gently and allow you to handle them before they dry completely – if you handle or wash eggs before drying, the dye may rub off or streak. Use a cooling rack or empty egg carton to dry.
As long as the eggs are properly refrigerated and stored according to food safety guidelines, they are completely safe to eat for up to a week, and the dyes leave no palatable taste.