Earth Friendly & Natural Coloring Techniques
By using common foods and flowers, you have the ability to dye Easter eggs naturally. The longer you soak the eggs in the following natural dyes, the more intense your eggs will become. Before coloring your eggs, make sure they are cleaned by removing any oily residue with warm soapy water. It's faster to bulk dye your eggs by dyeing them while hard boiling the eggs. If you want to make multiple colors, you'll need to use several pans. By boiling the colors with white vinegar you'll be getting a richer shade.
For pink and red, use cranberry juice, beets, pomegranate juice or raspberries.
For yellow, use saffron or turmeric (boiled).
For purple, use red wine.
For blue, use red cabbage leaves (boiled), purple grape juice or blueberries.
For brown, use grape juice, black tea or coffee.
For orange, use yellow onion skins (boiled) or paprika.
For green, use spinach leaves (boiled).
If you are using a cold material, cover the boiled eggs with water, add the dyeing materials, a teaspoon or less of vinegar, and let the eggs remain in the refrigerator until you achieve the desired shade of color.
Some materials need to be boiled to impart their color.