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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Naturally dyed Easter eggs. DIY dyed Easter eggs at home with these natural egg coloring techniques.

A great way to celebrate and enjoy nature this spring is to use what we have around us to make naturally dyed Easter eggs. Collect a variety of flowers and leaves from your neighborhood and raid your refrigerator. Try a little bit of everything. What a fun reason to get outside and experiment! Use a pair of nylon stockings to anchor the flowers and leaves to the shells which will leave white voids in the dye creating beautiful spring time eggs.

Materials:

  Eggs

Vinegar or lemon juice

 Flowers, leaves

 Stockings

Veggies

                -we used purple cabbage, yellow onions, beets, and red onion but try whatever you have on hand and share your results on our Facebook page or Instagram #greenkidcrafts.

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Step 1:

Stick flowers to eggs using lengths of nylon stocking

Eggs_1

Step 2:

Add chopped veggies, 1 tbs of acid (either vinegar or lemon juice), and eggs to a pot of water. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes. Turn the heat off the pots and leave the eggs to soak for more saturated color.

Blue: Red Cabbage

Green: Beets, Red onion

Terra Cotta: Yellow onions.

 

Why does it work? Chemistry! The acids in the plants along with the added acids from the vinegar or lemon juice create a chemical bond between the colored plant molecules and the shell making it stick!

Experiment time:

Get some ph strips and different acids and see how changing the acidity of the water effects the saturation of your naturally dyed Easter eggs!

Further Reading:

Our friends at Science Friday have a great explanation of the process! http://www.sciencefriday.com/educational-resources/eggs-to-dye-for/

 

 

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