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By Nellie's Kindness Crew
Have you ever wanted to mix up your own egg dyes at home? Dreamed of trying your hand at making patterned Easter eggs? Now's your chance! Follow these DIY instructions to create red, orange, yellow, teal, dark brown, blue, and grey egg dyes that look beautiful on naturally brown Nellie's Free Range Eggshells. With so many stunning shades, stripes, and speckle patterns to choose from, you're sure to have the prettiest Easter eggs on the block this year.
With just a few things from the grocery store, some tools from your kitchen, and a little creativity, you're on your way to creating beautiful egg dyes in nearly every color of the rainbow! Start by choosing which colors you'd like to make.
These recipes make enough dye to color 2-3 eggs at once when using pint-sized Mason jars as your dye containers. If you’d like to dye more eggs at once, you can double or triple each recipe and use a larger container or pot to dye a big batch of Easter eggs together — fun for the whole family!
Please note: the fumes from the turmeric dye can get pretty strong, so we recommend running your stove fan while it boils. For the frozen blueberry dye, use only 1 cup of water instead of two per 16 ounces of blueberries.
All dyes should be stored in the refrigerator before and between use. You can also prepare your dyes ahead of time according to the specified shelf-life below:
Before you get creative with patterns and colors, you'll need to hard-boil your eggs. Use your Instant Pot or our tried and true steaming method for perfect hard-boiled eggs every time! Once they're cooked, let your eggs rest in an ice bath for no less than 15 minutes. This will help the dye stick to the shells and ensure that they peel like a dream if you decide to make deviled eggs or enjoy a snack later.
The dyeing process can range from 30 minutes to overnight, but we found that the following times worked best. Please note: if dyeing any eggs for more than 2 hours or overnight, store them in the dye in the refrigerator rather at room temperature.
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