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Dyeing Eggs With Kitchen Scraps


Before these strange times began, our elementary school class was about to embark on an egg-dyeing project. We love to use local dyes and vegetable dyes to create eggs!


To reduce food waste, consider blowing the eggs and use clean materials to do so. This allows you to save the inside of the egg if you are careful.


You can also use this technique to temporarily dye play silks, cotton shirts, and any kind of natural fabric. It washes out over time. An old white sheet is ideal for this, and you can make it into many things later - a rainbow fort, perhaps?


Red cabbage dye turns eggs or fabrics purple or blue. Eat the main part of the cabbage and chop the hard ends into fine pieces. Boil it with a tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 2 cups of water until the ends are white and the purple colour is in the vinegar water. If you'd like a blue dye, you can add a small amount of baking soda to the final product.


Onion skins turn eggs yellow-orange or dark reddish-orange. This website describes how to layer the onion skins and the eggs in a pot to get the best colouring.


The coffee grounds from your morning coffee will dye white eggs a lovely brown colour. Add ground coffee, water, and vinegar (the same ratio as above) to a pot and boil the eggs.


If you would like to create a print of a leaf or flower on your egg, attach the leaf to the egg with oil and place the eggs inside an old piece of cheesecloth or pantyhose while you dye them to secure the leaf in place.


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