Celebrating Easter this year is going to be very different, we want to be really aware of what we’re using and try to use items we have laying around the house. The idea of painting eggs and then throwing them out seems so wasteful, so I came up with a great zero-waste Easter Egg craft!
We are going to dye our eggs using natural dyes, so you can eat them once Easter is over.
You can dye hardboiled eggs, and they’ll keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Remember, if you are using these eggs for decorations, they cannot be out longer than 2 hours.
All you will need for this craft is some hardboiled eggs, water, white vinegar, turmeric for yellow eggs, red cabbage for blue eggs, and beets for pink eggs.
Dye with Tumeric (Yellow)
Boil 1 litre of water with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
Add 3 tablespoons of turmeric, let simmer for 30 minutes. Let mixture cool and add eggs. Let eggs soak at least 30 minutes or until desired colour
Dye with Cabbage (Light Blue)
Boil litre of water with 2 table spoons of white vinegar
Add 3 cups of purple or red cabbage and simmer for 30 mins. Let mixture cool and add eggs
Allow eggs to soak for 30 minutes, or overnight (in the fridge) for the brightest blue
Dye with Beets (Pink)
Boil a litre of water with 2 table spoons of white vinegar
Add 4 cups chopped beets and let mixture simmer for 30 mins. Strain the mixture and let it cool Place eggs in mixture for at least 30 minutes, or longer for deeper tones
Once the eggs have reached a colour you like, remove them with tongs and pat dry. And don’t forget, these are zero waste Easter eggs, my family is going to be having colourful egg salad sandwiches on Monday!
Another tip I’m going to throw at you, save your egg shells from meals during the week. You can dye these as well, or have your kids paint them, and now you’ve got decorative Easter egg shells!