^
Keep Westword Free
4
| DIY |

Gettin' Crafty: Natural dyes for your Easter eggs

For all those who give pom-pom critters for birthdays, feel an urge to stick googly eyes on everything or just occasionally get a twitch to fold some origami, we bring you "Gettin' Crafty," where we feature a craft you can easily make with minimal supplies and limited finances. As fun as dying Easter eggs is, the neon tint that results is a little too artificial for our taste. So we have swapped the dissolving tablets for something a bit closer to nature. As the Easter Bunny would have wanted. Supplies

Turmeric Paprika (I added some saffron, too, which you may decline to do, based on the cost) Beets (I used two 14.5 oz. cans) Blueberries (frozen is fine) Powdered wheatgrass (available at health food stores in individual packets) Eggs White distilled vinegar Pots Bowl Slotted spoon Rubber bands White crayon

Instructions 1. Begin with the decorations. Seems counterintuitive, but trust me. Wrap the eggs with rubber bands to make stripes, or you can try and draw on them with crayon. The crayons didn't work for me, but you might have super-strong crayons. 2. Hard-boil half of the eggs you intend to dye. Put the eggs in a pan, cover with an inch of cold water and bring to a boil. Let boil 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Store in the refrigerator until ready to dye with the blueberry and beet solution (see step seven).

3. With the turmeric, paprika and powdered wheatgrass, hard boil the eggs in the spices. For every tablespoon of spice (or "dye"), add one tablespoon vinegar and one cup water. Make sure the eggs are covered by the dying solution. This means that you may need two or three times this amount.

4. Bring the eggs (in the dye solution) to a boil. Let boil 20 minutes. 5. Remove eggs from pan, and place in a bowl. If you want a deeper color on the egg, pour the dye solution over the eggs. Let stand until desired color. For an even deeper color, put in the fridge overnight.

6. Place the beets and blueberries in two separate pots. Add two cups of water and two tablespoons of vinegar to each pot. Bring to a boil, and boil for 20 minutes.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

7. Pour the dye solutions over the already hardboiled eggs. Let stand until desired color.

8. At this point, you should have yellow eggs (from the turmeric), orange eggs (from the paprika/saffron blend), green (from the wheatgrass), pink (from the beets) and blue (for the blueberries). When the colors have developed as much as you want, (I left mine in for 1 ½ hours), take out the eggs.

9. Remove any rubber bands you may have used, and admire the results. Sure, they may not be neon pink and green, but they are a lot more appealing to consume.

10. To add a glossy sheen, rub a little vegetable oil on the outside. Beautiful, shiny, marbled and muted; the perfect Easter egg. Follow us on Twitter!

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.