Art Ed Wednesday....on Thursday

Art Ed Wednesday is written each week by Rachel Johnston, an area fiber artist and early childhood art educator If you’re planning to dye eggs this week, consider trying the following ideas for natural egg dyes! Kids will enjoy seeing which colors they get from different plant materials. Try other veggies, flowers, teas, and herbs as well to come up with your own color ideas!

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Natural Egg Dyes

Blue: Cut ¼ head of red cabbage into large dice and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Orange: Add the skin of 6 yellow onions to 2 cups simmering water and simmer for 15 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar.

Brown: Add the skin of 6 red onions to 2 cups simmering water and simmer for 15 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar.

Dark pink: Cut 1 medium beet into large dice and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Light yellow: Cut 1 medium golden beet and ¼ head of red cabbage into large dice and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Pastel pink: Chop the stems off of 3 bunches of red chard and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Pastel yellow: Simmer the tops of 2 bunches of carrots in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar.

Let dye cool to room temperature and strain. After straining, dye boiled eggs as usual. Natural dyes generally provide less saturation, so if you want darker colors, leave the eggs in the dye a little longer. For the eggs pictured, I used onion skins, blueberries, and hibiscus tea. I used tan eggs, so the colors would turn out differently on brown or white eggs.