Naturally Dyed Easter Egg Activity | Desert Botanical Garden

OPEN DAILY 8 A.M.|7 A.M. FOR MEMBERS WED. & SUN.

Try this super simple process using food materials that you can source right from your own kitchen. Kids will also love testing out these items to see what color can be unveiled and it’s an earth-friendly way to get in the holiday spirit.  

The process is simple: bring water to a boil with two tablespoons of white vinegar and your food item. Let items simmer for 30 minutes.  Here‘s the tip – the egg also boils with the food item. It’s the heat that attaches the dye to the shell. Keep in mind natural dyes have a mind of their own, sometimes the expected color is blue but you just might get red! That’s a part of the natural egg dying adventure.

Supplies:

  •          Natural dyeing food items are listed below 
  •          White vinegar 
  •          Pot for boiling
  •          Eggs 
  •          Tongs 
  •          Paper towels 
  •          Drying rack 
  •          Varnish (optional)

Directions:

For each color, the expected boiling time is about 30 minutes. Ensure your eggs are always at room temperature before you boil. 

Pretty in Pink- four chopped beets to perfect this color.

Mellow Yellow- about three tablespoons of turmeric will do the trick for this one.

Baby Blue-use red cabbage to get this color.

Orange You Glad You’re Doing This – yellow onion skins from about 4 onions

Green Machine – use about 2-3 cups of chopped Spinach

 

Tips!

When eggs are done. Please use a cooling rack to cool.

These natural dyes may also stain your clothes and skin.  

The longer the eggs remain in the dye, the result may be a brighter color. 

What other items can you test out and make the perfect dyed Easter egg with?

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Dec. 1-24 & 26-31: Last entry at 2:30 p.m. Garden reopen at 5:30 p.m. for Luminaria ticket holders.
Dec. 3: Las Noches de las Luminarias is cancelled due to rain.  Call 480. 941. 1225 for a ticket exchange.