How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally (Using Food Ingredients As Natural Dyes)

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Learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally using food ingredients as natural, plant-based dyes. Plus unique Easter egg design ideas using foraged botanicals or store bought herbs.

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally (Using Food Ingredients As Natural Dyes) & Easter Egg Design Techniques to Try! Learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally using food ingredients as natural, plant-based dyes to craft Easter holiday DIY home decor, spring decorations or edible Easter treats for Easter baskets. Plus unique Easter egg design ideas using foraged botanicals or store bought herbs. #eastereggs #diyhomedecor #holidays #diy

When I was a little girl I would dye Easter eggs with my mother every spring. My mom would hard boil eggs and buy my brother and I an Easter egg decorating kit she’d picked up from the grocery store. We’d dye our Easter eggs a rainbow of colors and patterns. Using things like stickers,rubber bands and white crayons to create our own Easter egg designs. The one thing we never did, however, was dye our Easter eggs using natural dye.

As it turns out, it’s rather easy to learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally. You can still achieve a rainbow of colors based on the foods you choose. Or experiment with natural plant dyes such as indigo powder or turmeric. Just because you aren’t using commercial food dyes, doesn’t mean you can’t create a multitude of Easter egg designs and patterns. You can still do all the same things you did with traditional dyes. Methods such as wax resist or using stickers to create shapes work beautifully with natural Easter egg dyes too!

For the purpose of this tutorial however, I’ll teach you how to use plants, leaves and other foraged botanicals or herbs to create beautiful Easter egg designs. While also using common foods and herbs from the grocery store to create a rainbow of Easter egg colors. If you’re a soapmaker, like me, then I also encourage you to pull out your stash of all the natural dyes you’ve hoarded – er, collected – for naturally coloring cold process soap.

Ready to get your craft on? Keep reading to learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally using common vegetables and plant materials.

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally (Using Food Ingredients As Natural Dyes) & Easter Egg Design Techniques to Try! Learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally using food ingredients as natural, plant-based dyes to craft Easter holiday DIY home decor, spring decorations or edible Easter treats for Easter baskets. Plus unique Easter egg design ideas using foraged botanicals or store bought herbs. #eastereggs #diyhomedecor #holidays #diy

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Choose and prepare your eggs.

When buying your eggs, you should choose white eggs for bright colors. Or give brown eggs a go for more muted tones. Once you have your eggs in hand, hard boil them prior to dyeing. Alternately, you can also blow out the eggs for decorative home decor you can use through the entirety of spring. Or keep your eggs in storage to reuse the following year.

Decide on the colors you’d like to use.

I used onion skins and red cabbage to naturally dye my Easter eggs. Yellow onion peels impart an orange hue on eggs while red cabbage will turn your eggs blue. You can also use coffee for brown colored eggs. Or try one of these other color ideas:

  • Blueberries = Blue-Gray
  • Red Onion Skins = Green
  • Red Cabbage = Blue
  • Yellow Onion Skins = Orange
  • Coffee Grounds = Brown
  • Paprika = Light Red-Orange
  • Dill Seed = Brown-Gold
  • Grape Juice = Lavender
  • Violet Flowers = Green
  • Lavender Flowers = Blue Green & Brown
  • Beets = Light Pink
  • Beet Root Powder = Red
  • Spirulina Powder = Green
  • Turmeric = Yellow (Beware. This will stain everything!)
  • Hibiscus Tea = Black
  • Spinach = Yellow-Green

Make your natural Easter egg dye.

You should follow these guidelines for the amount of plant material to use when making your natural Easter egg dye. Adjust the recipe as needed to accommodate the number of eggs you’ll be making.

  • For spices and powders, use two Tablespoons per 1 1/2 cups water.
  • When using dried flowers or other botanicals, use four Tablespoons per 1 1/2 cups of water.
  • Combine one cup of cut fruits or vegetables with 1 1/2 cups of water.

How to naturally dye Easter eggs. It's super easy! Learn how to craft beautiful homemade Easter eggs using plant and food based dyes. As well as how to create unique botanical designs on your Easter eggs to give as gifts or use as holiday or spring DIY home decor.

Dye your Easter eggs.

Once you’ve prepared and measured out the plant material for your egg dye, you’ll need to combine the dye material with 1 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Then remove from heat.

Allow the natural dye to cool. Then strain out the plant material. Add dye to a bowl or a large mason. For every cup of water left (after the process) add one Tablespoon of white distilled vinegar to the dye.

Now add your eggs to the container of dye. Leave the eggs in the dye until they’ve reached the desired color. For deeper colors, place the container of eggs in the dye in your refrigerator and leave overnight.

Once the dyeing process is complete, remove the eggs from the dye. Place on a cooling rack or paper towel to dry. Then rub with olive oil, if desired, to add shine.

Naturally dyed Easter eggs. How to craft beautiful homemade Easter eggs using plant and food based dyes. As well as how to create unique botanical designs on your Easter eggs to give as gifts or use as holiday or spring DIY home decor.

How to add designs to naturally dyed Easter eggs.

Leaf & flower prints.

It’s easy to use  leaves or flowers, like parsley or four leaf clovers, to create leaf or flower shaped designs on your Easter eggs. To do this, simply place the plant matter onto your egg. Then wrap the egg tightly in either pantyhose or cheesecloth to hold the leaf or flower in place. Next, simply follow the above tutorial on how to dye Easter eggs naturally. Your final eggs with come away with a beautiful design. If desired, you can go back and dye your eggs again with an alternate color.

Wax resist method.

Simply use a wax crayon or beeswax to draw a design onto your eggs. Then dye your eggs per the above instructions. (Be sure your dye is cool so as not to melt off the wax.) Once you’ve dyed and dried you naturally dyed Easter eggs, simply rub off the wax with a soft cloth.

Rubber bands.

Rubber bands are an easy way to add random stripes to your Easter eggs. Just wrap rubber bands around your eggs, then dye as usual. Once the eggs are dry, remove the rubber bands to reveal your unique Easter egg designs.

For more Easter egg design ideas, be sure to check out my Easter board on Pinterest. Or learn how to make glitter Easter egg bath bombs for a non-food Easter basket treat.

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Herbal Dry Shampoo Recipe with Natural Ingredients

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You’re going to love this herbal dry shampoo recipe! Made with natural botanicals, clay and essential oils, this dry shampoo not only keeps your hair looking great, but it smells amazing!

Herbal Dry Shampoo Recipe with Natural Ingredients! You're going to love this herbal dry shampoo recipe! Made with natural botanicals, clay and essential oils, this dry shampoo not only keeps your hair looking great, but it smells amazing! A modern day cult favorite, dry shampoo is a must for summer. Not only does it absorb the excess oil that can leave hair looking dirty and greasy, but it's also great for styling and volumizing fine, limp hair. #dryshampoo #diy #botanicals #beauty

A modern day beauty cult favorite, dry shampoo is a must for summer. Not only does it absorb the excess oil that can leave hair looking dirty and greasy, but it’s also great for styling and volumizing fine, limp hair. My favorite way to use dry shampoo is for a boost of volume. However, it is also an absolute must for when I go camping or hit weekend festivals where a shower is probably not an option.

A lot of commercial dry shampoos unfortunately contain talc powder. As talc has recently been linked to cancer, you should look for dry shampoos that use arrowroot or rice powder instead. Or you can simply make your own!

Following you’ll find my favorite herbal dry shampoo recipe. It’s made using only natural ingredients. I first tested out this herbal dry shampoo recipe over a four-day festival. Not only did it keep my hair from looking like a limp, greasy mess it also helped deter insects. Additionally I only got a lot of compliments on the fragrance. So much so that I was “shampooing” the hair of others throughout my stay.

Another big plus? Because this dry shampoo doesn’t come in a can with propellant, there’s no need to worry about the heat possibly causing the can to burst. And it’s a more eco-friendly option than spray cans. Because you can use the same container for every new batch of my herbal dry shampoo recipe you make, there’s less packaging and therefore less waste.

If you’re not quite ready to jump into making our own herbal dry shampoo, then I recommend Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Dry Shampoo for Dark and Light Hair. Available from Mountain Rose Herbs, this herbal dry shampoo is perfect for all hair types and textures. This dry shampoo powder helps to restore shine and body to your hair between washes and comes packaged in an environmentally friendly cardboard paper tube.

Herbal Dry Shampoo Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour White
1 Tablespoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 Tablespoon Rhassoul (Red Moroccan) Clay
1 Tablespoon lavender flower powder
1 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 ml patchouli essential oil
1/2 ml rosemary extract

Instructions:

Not everyone’s hair is the same color obviously. To account for this, you can easily swap out the red Rhassoul clay called for in my herbal dry shampoo recipe with another type of cosmetic clay that better suits your hair color.

For lighter hair you may prefer white cosmetic (kaolin) clay or even Fuller’s earth clay. Or for darker hair consider adding 1/4 teaspoon of hardwood activated charcoal.

Using a Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure out the rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, arrowroot powder, clay and lavender flower powder. Combine in a glass measuring cup.

Next, using a different graduated plastic transfer pipette for each of the essential oils and rosemary extract, measure out and add these to the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon, then slowly pour into a coffee bean grinder and mix well. Once mixed, simply pour into two 4 oz. containers of your choice.

To use simply apply to hair and lightly massage into your hair and scalp with your hands. (A makeup brush actually works great for applying your herbal dry shampoo!) Then brush your hair as usual to remove the excess and evenly distribute throughout your hair.

If you like my herbal dry shampoo recipe, then also be sure to check out my natural flea repelling dry dog shampoo recipe! My flea repelling dry dog shampoo recipe is made with natural ingredients that deodorize your dog’s coat while also helping to repel fleas.

Much like my herbal dry shampoo recipe, my dog shampoo contains natural clays and botanicals that gently deodorize dog’s coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt. The addition of neem oil then also helps to repel fleas. You can find my herbal dry shampoo recipe for dogs here.

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Natural Vegan Bath Bombs with Lavender & Chamomile

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Do you love natural vegan skin care products? Then these natural vegan bath bombs with lavender and chamomile may be right up your alley! Made using all natural vegan ingredients, these natural vegan bath bombs are perfect for a long relaxing soak in the tub!

Natural Vegan Bath Bombs! Do you love natural vegan skin care products? Then these natural vegan bath bombs with lavender and chamomile may be right up your alley! Made using all natural vegan ingredients, these natural vegan bath bombs are perfect for a long relaxing soak in the tub!

My homemade lavender chamomile bath bombs are made using a fizzing combination of baking soda and citric acid, not potentially skin irritating SLS, so they are suitable for even sensitive skin. They also contain skin soothing shea butter and anti-inflammatory French green clay. Combined with the aromatic properties of dried botanicals and lavender essential oil, these natural vegan bath bombs just might soak your cares away! (Figuratively, of course.)

Natural Vegan Bath Bombs! Do you love natural vegan skin care products? Then these natural vegan bath bombs with lavender and chamomile may be right up your alley! Made using all natural vegan ingredients, these natural vegan bath bombs are perfect for a long relaxing soak in the tub!

Ready to dive into making bath bombs this weekend? You can learn how to make my natural vegan bath bombs with lavender & chamomile now via my guest post at The Nourished Life blog.

This vegan solid lotion bar recipe is made with soothing oat butter, plantain infused olive oil and lavender essential oil. It's the perfect treat for sunburned skin this summer. Also try this vegan friendly moisturizer DIY on dry or rough feet, hands and elbows!

If you like my recipe for creating natural vegan bath bombs, then you may enjoy some of my other vegan skin care recipes. These recipes include my vegan solid lotion bars with soothing oat butter & lavender, my vegan friendly rose body butter moisturizer, my coconut milk facial cleanser with bamboo extract, and my foaming oat body scrub with frankincense & tamanu oil. (For even more vegan skin care recipes, visit Soap Deli News blog here.)

Mermaid Lagoon Bath Bomb Recipe! Learn how to DIY a mermaid lagoon bath bomb for a fun and colorful addition to your bath time ritual. This mermaid lagoon bath bomb recipe yields two large bath bombs with moisturizing cocoa butter shells.

Alternately you can also find my other homemade bath bomb recipes here.

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And, just as a reminder, be sure to share photos of your finished products you’ve made with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with!

Natural Herbal Calendula Balm Recipe with Calendula Infused Oil

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Natural Herbal Calendula Balm Recipe made from Harvested Botanicals, Raw Local Beeswax and Olive Oil! Use this natural herbal calendula balm recipe to help promote healing with the power of calendula when used on minor cuts, bruises & insect stings.

Learn how to make your own natural herbal calendula balm recipe!

With spring here I decided to finally take advantage of the natural botanicals that grow in my area as the weather starts to turn warmer. Some common ingredients you can find right now include plantain and wild violets. The leaves of both of these plants actually have healing properties making them great for inclusion in a natural balm recipe.

My yard was short on plantain, however, there were plenty of wild violets. So I picked wild violet leaves and combined them with some organic calendula petals and blue vervain leaves in olive oil and made an herbal infusion. I then combined my infusion with locally sourced, raw unfiltered beeswax from my local farmer’s market to create a balm.

You can use this natural herbal calendula balm recipe topically to treat minor cuts, bruises, and stings. If you don’t have these plants available to you, or if it’s just the wrong time of the year, they can all be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Following is my natural herbal calendula balm recipe. Feel free to make substitutions to get your own perfect, custom product.

DIY Natural Herbal Calendula Balm Recipe! Use this natural herbal calendula balm recipe to help promote healing with the power of calendula when used on minor cuts, bruises & insect stings.

Natural Herbal Calendula Balm Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3 oz. herbal oil infusion
1 oz. beeswax
1 ml GMO-free vitamin E oil
1 ml rosemary extract
.5 ml chamomile essential oil (3-5% dilution in jojoba oil)

Instructions:

The vitamin E and rosemary extract are optional in this natural herbal calendula balm recipe. While vitamin E is naturally healing, both the vitamin E and rosemary extract will help to extend the shelf life of your oil.  The essential oil is optional as well or you can substitute with your favorite organic essential oil based on the properties you’re looking for in your balm.

How to Make Herbal Infused Oil for Making a Natural Herbal Calendula Balm!

To make your infusion, fill a mason jar about 3/4 of the way full of olive oil. Add equal parts of dried blue vervain leaves, wild violet leaves and calendula flowers to the oil until it reaches the same level of the oil. (Feel free to sub with herbs of your choosing.) Store in a cool, dark location for 3-6 weeks, then strain through cheesecloth.

If you’re in a hurry, combine the ingredients in a double boiler or in a mason jar inside of a pot filled about 2/3 of the way full with water. Heat on warm to low for 3-4 hours, then remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain the oil through cheesecloth back into your mason jar.

Using a digital scale weigh out the beeswax and melt in double boiler. Then weigh out the herb infused out and stir into the melted beeswax.

Natural Herbal Calendula Skin Balm Recipe! Use this natural herbal calendula balm recipe to help promote healing with the power of calendula when used on minor cuts, bruises & insect stings.

Next, use graduated transfer pipettes to measure out the vitamin E, rosemary extract and chamomile essential oil. Stir into the liquified beeswax and oil mixture then pour into glass salve jars or tins. Allow to cool completely then use as desired wherever your skin needs a little extra love!

Cocoa Calendula Balm from Buttercup & Jake. This handcrafted buttery balm gently soothes and protects dry, irritated skin with organic cocoa butter and organic vanilla beans. It's made with golden Calendula flower oil - locally and sustainably produced in the Hudson Valley - it's truly all-natural, preservative-free and 86% organic.

Don’t want to make your own? There are a lot of wonderful sellers on Etsy that sell their calendula balms and salves! For kids I’m partial to the Cocoa Calendula Balm from Buttercup & Jake. This handcrafted buttery balm gently soothes and protects dry, irritated skin with organic cocoa butter and organic vanilla beans. It’s made with golden Calendula flower oil – locally and sustainably produced in the Hudson Valley – it’s truly all-natural, preservative-free and 86% organic. You can buy it here.

Calendula Balm from The Home Apothecary made with handcrafted organic calendula oil.

I also like the Calendula Balm from The Home Apothecary made with handcrafted organic calendula oil. You can get it here. Also be sure to check out The Home Apothecary’s other amazing products including their Peppermint Mocha Body Balm and amazing Black Drawing Salve. Shop The Home Apothecary here.

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Homemade Natural Rhassoul Clay Mask Recipe

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I created this homemade natural Rhassoul clay mask recipe especially for those with maturing, dry and even sensitive skin. I use red Rhassoul clay as it’s suitable for all skin types.

Home Spa DIY - Natural Rhassoul Red Clay Face Mask Recipe - Perfect Homemade Beauty Gift for Mother's Day, Bridesmaids Gifts, or Stocking Stuffers - Free Printable Labels for Gifting

Mineral rich, cleansing and detoxifying, Rhassoul clay helps to rebalance dry flaky or mature skin, improve texture and elasticity and can help those suffering from eczema or psoriasis. It can also help to reduce those under eye bags. I combined the clay with botanical ingredients and natural essential oils as well as soothing colloidal oatmeal for the perfect mask for just about everyone.

Home Spa DIY - Natural Rhassoul Red Clay Face Mask Recipe - Perfect Homemade Gift for Mother's Day, Bridesmaids Gifts, or Stocking Stuffers

Natural Rhassoul Red Clay Mask Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz. red rhassoul clay
1 Tablespoon lavender blossoms
1 Tablespoon chamomile flowers
1 Tablespoon calendula petals
1 Tablespoon colloidal oatmeal
12 drops bergamot essential oil
12 drops lavender essential oil
12 drops frankincense essential oil

Directions:

Using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out 2 oz. of clay into a container. Then measure out 1 Tablespoon each of the lavender, chamomile and calendula flowers and place into a food processor or coffee grinder. Grind into a powder and add to the clay. Measure out the colloidal oatmeal and add to the clay as well. Using a dropper or pipette, add twenty drops each of the bergamot, lavender and frankincense essential oils. Mix well with a fork, then place into an air tight container.

Home Spa DIY - Natural Rhassoul Red Clay Face Mask Recipe - Perfect Homemade Gift for Mother's Day, Bridesmaids Gifts, or Stocking Stuffers

To use, simply mix two Tablespoons of clay with one Tablespoon of water, milk, green tea or aloe vera juice. Apply to face and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Finally using a damp washcloth gently remove the mask and pat dry.

Home Spa DIY - Natural Rhassoul Red Clay Face Mask Recipe - Perfect Homemade Gift for Mother's Day, Bridesmaids Gifts, or Stocking Stuffers

To gift, simply print out the recipe and labels here and apply to your containers of choice. I bought these fun little jars from JoAnn Crafts for a dollar each. I think they would be perfect inside of a gift basket as a Mother’s Day gift with other natural homemade bath and beauty products. Or tuck them inside your beauty conscious girl’s stocking as a Christmas gift. Alternately, they’d also be perfect tucked into a spa gift basket as bridesmaids gifts.

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