How to blow out and naturally dye eggs

Natural Dye


Decorating eggs is a tradition that dates back at least some 2,500 years. It is widely accepted that these coloured eggs are a symbol of rebirth and new life. So gather the kiddos and have a blast dyeing eggs with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen:  Eggs, white vinegar & food colouring. Although often associated with Easter, these can make beautiful all year round ornaments.

Method: Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food colour in a cup to achieve desired colours. Repeat for each colour. Dip hard-boiled eggs in dye for about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs to add and remove eggs from dye. If you are more of a DIY-dyer you are welcome to try the following methods that are eco-friendly and safe for the kids. All the below involve boiling 4 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar: Although these natural methods all take a bit longer than using food dye, the result is a more rustic and unique look…and way more fun and creative.

Red cabbage: Believe it or not red cabbage will, or at least should, turn your eggs a lovely, vibrant, gleaming blue.

Beetroot:  Beetroots are an ideal natural option to give your eggs a deep red or pinkish hue. Who doesn’t love pink?

Other popular natural dyes are turmeric spice (yellow), paprika spice (light orange), red onion skins (deep red), blueberries (dark blue), spinach leaves… you guessed it, green!

You can of course also use acrylic paint to decorate hollowed out or hard-boiled eggs. Use acrylic paint for spots, dots, stripes or even drawing emoji faces. The possibilities are endless!

How to blow out an egg to make it hollow

Step 1: Wash egg with warm water and dry thoroughly afterwards

Step 2: Use a sharp object, such as a needle or pin, to poke a small hole into the egg on the small end and a slightly larger hole on the large end. You will want to ensure the hole is big enough that you can effectively blow out all the egg’s contents. In addition, be sure to break up the yolk with the needle.

Step 3: People often use their mouth or a small coffee straw, but even a syringe will work for pushing air into the hole and literally blowing out the contents of the egg.

Step 4: Rinse the egg in warm soapy water, making sure to clean out the inside of the egg as well as the outside. You can run water from the tap through the eggshell to help rinse out the eggy insides.

Step 5: Set the egg aside to dry, making sure the bottom/fatter side is pointing down so the water can drip out of the eggshell. Once it’s dry you can decorate it however you’d like, and it should last for years!

Watch this online video thanks to Amber Davenport –

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