Since Easter is fast approaching, I thought I'd share this little DIY project. It is totally possible, and way more satisfying, to dye your eggs using fruits, veggies, and teas instead of food coloring or dye tablets!
This is the first time I've attempted to dye eggs using natural ingredients, and I'd love to do it again to try other veggies/fruits/teas. Maybe I'll just dye ALL of my hard-boiled eggs from now on.
I found this awesome list of ways to make specific colors on Better Homes & Gardens, and went from there. For this round, I decided to test out green tea, beets, purple cabbage, and paprika, but found that the beets (magenta eggs) and green tea (gold-ish eggs) worked the best (even if the beets temporarily made my kitchen look like a barbie murder scene). The cabbage didn't do much, so I got annoyed and put a teensy bit of blue gel food coloring in there because it was the end of the day and I was way over-committed with other projects. The paprika didn't really work either.
You can also vary the color by leaving the eggs in the dye for different amounts of time. The one suggestion I would make is to briefly scrub your hard-boiled eggs clean before sticking them in the dye. It will help the dye stick a little better. And if you're doing this with kiddos who want their eggs to be more fun looking, you can always have them draw on the eggs with a white crayon first, and then the design will show through once the eggs are dyed.