This year forget the chemical dyes, instead have fun decorating Easter eggs using your own 100% natural dye from red cabbage. If you are decorating eggs with your kids, this is a fantastic way to get really vibrant colours from nature. This tutorial will show how easy it is to achieve stunning results using red cabbage that will give your Easter eggs a contemporary and stylish decorative twist. It is hard to believe that you get such an electric blue colour from a red vegetable, but you really do, and it is super easy.
Natural Easter Egg Decorating Using Red Cabbage Dye
- One red cabbage
- Five mugs of water
- One quarter mug of vinegar
- Eggs (white shells if possible)
Place some eggs in water and bring to the boil. Continue to cook for another eight to ten minutes until hard boiled.
Next cut or rip up the caggage leaves and place them in a saucepan Add the five mugs of water and the quarter mug of vinegar and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 45 minutes. When the water is a deep red in colour remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Strain the cabbage and and decant the red cabbage water in a container that is deep enough to cover the eggs.
Allow the red cabbage water to cool down and then place the eggs into the dye. Leave the eggs submerged for at least two hours and then check on the colour. If you are happy with the shade remove the egg, or if you prefer a deeper colour of blue leave the eggs in the dye for another two hours. The darkest eggs in the image above were left in the dye overnight, but if you leave them this long remember to also place them in the fridge.
Leave the eggs to dry and watch how the intensity of the colour continues to darken over the next few hours.
Isn’t this an amazing colour? If you are trying this activity out with children, try asking them what colour they think the eggs will turn out, it will be such as surprise when a blue egg pops out of red cabbage water! The alkaline eggs change the PH acidity of the red dye to give the blue hue.
Now, go get boiling!
— Bunny xox