For a natural way to dye Easter eggs, why not use tea? Plants have been the source of dyeing for over 5,000 years now so it makes sense that we can use plants to dye eggs, right? I mean, I know commercial dyes are meant to dye things quickly and permanently but when it comes to food is that always the best route? I know I’d prefer a natural way to color my food. For those of you that’s with me on this, I’ll share with you how to dye eggs with tea! (And other herbs found in tea).
It’s a simple process that requires nothing more than eggs, vinegar and the plants we’ll be using to dye. It’s a great activity to do with kids and a fun way to dye Easter eggs this year.
In my opinion, it’s best to use white eggs. Brown eggs will definitely work but the colors come out more vibrant when using white eggs. I suppose it’s all about color preference. Feel free to use both white and brown eggs and decide which works best for your egg dyeing project.
I was surprised by the color turnouts, I knew turmeric would be a soft pale yellow but I was totally surprised by hibiscus’ turnout. I thought for sure hibiscus would produce a bright red shade but it was actually a blue with soft purple undertones.
How to dye eggs with tea
To begin, hard boil the eggs. I used 6 hard boiled eggs. Learn how to make the best hard boiled eggs here.
To prepare for egg dyeing, use a mason jar for each tea that will be used. Boil enough water to allow the eggs to be fully submerged in the water. Add 2 tablespoons of dried herbs/ tea to each mason jar. Pour the hot water over the tea/herbs, about halfway full. Allow the mason jars to cool to room temperature.
Once the hot water has cooled, add a splash (about 1 teaspoon) of distilled white vinegar to each jar. Gently place the eggs into the mason jars. I used a spoon to slowly lower the eggs to prevent them from cracking. Cover the jars with their lids and place them into the refrigerator. Refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight is best. Check the progress of the eggs as you go, then remove them from the jars once you’ve reached the colors you like. Rinse the eggs with cool water and dab dry with paper towels.
I had so much fun with this project! There’s so many options when using tea and plants, the colors you can come up with are basically endless. Do you dye eggs for Easter?