Easter is a fun and exciting time to get creative and maybe a little messy with your little ones. I love this natural dye recipe as it is non-toxic but also teaches your kids the age-old techniques of making home dyes…. And these very easy steps do not have to be limited to just dying eggs, they can unearth a bounty of other activities for you to do with your kids… but that’s another post for another day!
Create your natural dye by adding 2 cups of water to each ingredient and bringing them to boil, and then simmer for 1 hour. Strain your dyes, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to each dye and allow to cool.
Blow out your eggs by using a pin to make a hole in the top and bottom of the egg.
Cut your feathers or quills into different forms. I put a small and large pin into two pencils, these will become your tools to dip the heated wax in.
Heat equal parts beeswax and white candle wax together. I recommend a half a tablespoon of each. You can heat the wax by bending an old spoon and fastening it to a bottle or object and then lighting a candle under the spoon.
Dip your tools into your wax and then press gently onto the egg shells creating your designs.
Dip the egg into your dye, make sure your dye is cooled otherwise the wax will melt off.
Allow the eggs to dry and then place them into an oven for 2 minutes, this will melt off the wax. Use a rag to rub the wax off your egg, and you will find the waxed designs a vibrant white against your dyed eggs.
Many of the vegetables in your refrigerator can be boiled down to create natural dye, for example:
Brown - Onion skin
Orange - Carrots, orange sweet potato
Blue - Red Cabbage
Green - Spinach
Purple - Purple sweet potato
You can create different colors and designs by layering your wax designs between dipping the eggs in colors. For example, to create a green egg, first dip the egg into the blue dye, allow to dry, scrape off your wax design and then dip in yellow dye.
This is a messy project so we recommend doing it outside where your little ones can create a mess to their hearts desire. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to supervise the wax decorating and we don’t want little hands to be burnt by the candle wax or flame.
Approximately $10-$15. I was able to find a lot of the items at home.