One of my favorite parts about being a ‘grown up’ the ability to celebrate holidays anyway I’d like. As a kid, there was nothing I loved more than dying eggs bright neon colors. These days I’m more excited about decorating my hard boiled beauties with natural colors ‘upcycled’ from around the house.
With this DIY, there’s no need to go buy expensive ingredients or cardboard easter egg kits — instead, just poke through your cupboards for some fun colored foods and spices you already have! The dying method method and ratio can be used for almost any ingredient and is a great way to clear out anything hiding in the back of the fridge.
- measuring cups
- white vinegar
- hardboiled eggs (we used white eggs, but brown eggs are great for a darker color)
- instant coffee
- ground turmeric
To create this great golden color, all you need is a cup of strong coffee or tea. I used instant coffee and was pleasantly surprised by what a deep and rich color it made.
To make: Brew 1-2 cups of strong coffee and add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. Submerge your hard boiled eggs in the coffee mixture and refrigerate overnight.
Here in Seattle, blueberries are everywhere right now. You can pick up a large container of them from the grocery store or farmer’s market for just a few bucks. I’m obsessed with the deep indigo color they created! My for my next batch, I’m definitely playing with some rubber-bands for a blueberry shibori effect.
To make: Mash 2 cups of blueberries and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of vinegar then strain the blueberries from the mixture and submerge your hard boiled eggs overnight.
These bright beauties might be my faves! The ground turmeric created the happiest yellow — these would be great for doing designs with a wax crayon reliefs.
To make: Combine 2 tablespoons of turmeric with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Stir in 2 tablespoons of vinegar and submerge your hardboiled eggs overnight.
Project and styling by Gwen McKenzie for Jojotastic.
Photography by Meghan Klein.
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