First, this idea sounds easier than it actually is. Handmade easter egg dye has proven challenging for me and some lessons were definitely learned. Dye can be made from a number of plants and vegetables and this was my experiment. I chose the following vegetables for color:
- Yellow-Golden Beets
- Green-Asparagas and wheatgrass
- Purple-Purple Cabbage
I boiled each of these for approximately an hour in separate pots and let cool. I took recycled peanut butter jars and filled them with three tablespoons of vinegar. I then poured the dye about 3/4 up to the top(leave enough room for eggs to soak). The dye I made was not quite dark enough for my liking and had I let the veggies boil double the time they would have been much darker. Previous to this I had boiled eggs and let then cool. Now it was time for the soak. This too was a lesson, I soaked for about 20 minutes and they really could have soaked longer, probably up to 40 minutes for a brighter shade. Once the soak was done they were drained in a collider and the colors splashed on each other giving a tie dye effect.
Over all this was a fun thing to do with Little B but in the future I think I will buy concentrated plant dye. The cost was not reasonable, unless you have these already in your garden and the waste of the vegetables is disheartening. I used the beets for a salad but the asparagus was mush. You never now unless you try!