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Gingersnap
03-30-2010, 09:25 PM
Colored Easter Eggs Using Natural Dyes

By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., About.com Guide

It's safe and easy to make your own natural Easter egg dyes from common foods and flowers.

It's fun and easy to use foods and flowers to make your own natural Easter egg dyes. The two main ways to use your own dyes are to add dyes to the eggs when boiling them or to dye the eggs after they have been hard-boiled. It's a lot faster to boil the dyes and eggs together, but you will use several pans if you want to make multiple colors. Dyeing the eggs after they have been cooked takes as many dishes and more time, but may be more practical (after all, most stoves only have four burners!).

Try both fresh and frozen produce. Canned produce will produce much paler colors. Boiling the colors with vinegar will result in deeper colors. Some materials need to be boiled to impart their color (name followed by 'boiled' in the table). Some of the fruits, vegetables, and spices can be used cold. To use a cold material, cover the boiled eggs with water, add dyeing materials, a teaspoon or less of vinegar, and let the eggs remain in the refrigerator until the desired color is achieved. In most cases, the longer you leave Easter eggs in the dye, the more deeply colored they will become.

I'm not really an organic chemist (heh, heh) but I've dyed eggs with natural colorings. It's pretty fun!

Handy table of ingredients at the link.

Chemistry (http://chemistry.about.com/od/holidayhowtos/a/eastereggdyes.htm)

Rockntractor
03-30-2010, 09:29 PM
The Easter bunny died?:confused::(

patriot45
03-30-2010, 09:30 PM
PAAS rules!!!

Rockntractor
03-30-2010, 09:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcrg0B_yJAo

Gingersnap
03-30-2010, 10:02 PM
You guys! It's impossible to civilize you people.

Naturally colored eggs are very beautiful and subtle. While it's true that professionally I tend to favor corrosive dyes, at home a completely different (and less lethal) effect can be achieved with flowers, herbs, barks, and other materials. ;)

PoliCon
03-30-2010, 10:51 PM
Are you NUTS? I have to do my part for global warming!!

Gingersnap
03-30-2010, 10:53 PM
Are you NUTS? I have to do my part for global warming!!

Think of it as murdering a plant for Jesus. I know I do.

PoliCon
03-30-2010, 11:01 PM
Think of it as murdering a plant for Jesus. I know I do.

I have to consider my carbon footprint here. And the easter bunny has awful big feet . . . .

linda22003
03-31-2010, 08:05 AM
The moment I saw the title of this thread I knew who was behind it. :p

Gingersnap
03-31-2010, 09:38 AM
The moment I saw the title of this thread I knew who was behind it. :p

I can't help it. The homemade granola and organic cotton underwear actually changes your brain structure over time. :D

Rockntractor
03-31-2010, 09:41 AM
I can't help it. The homemade granola and organic cotton underwear actually changes your brain structure over time. :D

At least you don't make your underwear out of hemp!

RobJohnson
03-31-2010, 01:59 PM
At least you don't make your underwear out of hemp!

She would be hungry for sex all the time.

Gingersnap
03-31-2010, 02:32 PM
She would be hungry for sex all the time.

I'd probably just be fat and watch 'South Park' a lot.

PoliCon
03-31-2010, 04:11 PM
I can't help it. The homemade granola and organic cotton underwear actually changes your brain structure over time. :D

Organic cotton?? :rolleyes: All cotton is organic. I mean it grows on plants.

Gingersnap
03-31-2010, 04:25 PM
Organic cotton?? :rolleyes: All cotton is organic. I mean it grows on plants.

Not according to the Federal government, it doesn't. :D

Articulate_Ape
03-31-2010, 05:15 PM
You guys! It's impossible to civilize you people.


Says the squaw who paints the ova casings of birds using compounds gleaned from her woodland habitat.

Gingersnap
03-31-2010, 05:21 PM
Says the squaw who paints the ova casings of birds using compounds gleaned from her woodland habitat.

I'd resent that bitterly if it wasn't true. :mad:

Articulate_Ape
03-31-2010, 05:26 PM
I'd resent that bitterly if it wasn't true. :mad:

Don't worry, I meant that in a good way. Maybe you should paint yourself blue and go Na'vi all the way? :D