Last year, I bought the Paas dyes for the kids and they were able to experience their first egg dying! So this year, I wanted to do something a little different. In keeping with my complete inability to plan ahead, inspiration struck me this morning and I thought, "Maybe we can go all natural this year!" So I googled it.
I found a lot of suggestions of great foods to dye eggs with. Only one problem. They had to sit for 5 hours to overnight. Being the last minute me that I am, I didn't have time to wait for the eggs to sit that long, so we decided to improvise. And this is what we came up with!
While I was at the store, my husband boiled the eggs and had four pots of water heated to a rolling boil by the time I got back.
When the food was prepped, we put them in the pots to boil. We were winging it with time, but the longer we boiled the food, the richer the water became. We ended up boiling each food for about 30 minutes.
Not pictured below was a container of boiling water with cherries for red dye.
I turned off the heat for the dyes and added vinegar to the mixtures (about 1 tbsp/1 cup of colored water). Then we added the eggs! We left them to sit while we tie dyed some more eggs.
Then I spooned the whipped cream into a muffin tin, one for each egg. I had the kids each pick 3 colors of food coloring and added a couple drops to each of their cups. Using toothpicks, they swirled the drops together, making a neat design. Then they put their egg in the cup and turned it until it was covered in color. Then we let them sit for at least 20 minutes to let the color set.
For the tie dye eggs, I took the eggs careful out of the muffin tin and rinsed them off in the sink. Voile! They were done!
I took the soaking eggs out and let them dry on a rack.