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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Easter Egg Bath Bombs DIY (A Fun Non-Candy Easter Treat)

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These DIY fizzing Easter egg bath bombs add a bit of fun to bathtime! The finished DIY Easter egg bath bombs fizz & bubble and color & sparkle! They also nourish skin with natural cocoa butter, babassu oil and yogurt powder.

These DIY fizzing Easter egg bath truffles add a bit of fun to bathtime! The finished fizzing Easter egg bath truffles fizz and bubble and sparkle AND nourish with cocoa butter, babassu oil and yogurt powder! And, clean up is so easy! There's NO staining!

Plus, clean up is so easy! Because this Easter egg bath bomb recipe (made as indicated) calls for a non-staining bath bomb colorant, everything will rinse off your tub with ease! (Check out the video to see.)

These fizzing DIY Easter egg bath bombs make a wonderful addition not only to kids’ Easter baskets, but are also great gifts for friends, family and neighbors for spring!

This particular recipe was inspired by my friend, Cathy, who loves Lush’s golden glitter egg bath bombs. While these don’t have quite that much glitter, you can easily increase the amount of both the bath bomb color powder for more color as well as the amount of skin safe glitter for some serious sparkle! Following is my DIY Easter egg bath bomb recipe.

This fizzing Easter egg bath truffles DIY adds a bit of fun to bathtime. The finished fizzing Easter egg bath truffles fizz and bubble and sparkle AND nourish with cocoa butter, babassu oil and yogurt powder! And, clean up is so easy! There's NO staining!

Fizzing Easter Egg Bath Bombs Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

8 oz. citric acid
16 oz. baking soda
2 oz. cocoa butter
2 oz. babassu oil
.5 oz. kaolin (white cosmetic) clay
1 oz. SLSA
.5 oz. yogurt powder
.15 oz. neon bikini blue powder
.5 oz. skin safe azure blue glitter (or similar)
.5 oz. skin safe twinkling lights glitter (or similar)
.3 oz. essential oil of choice, optional

Instructions:

I used large plastic Easter eggs for my fizzing DIY Easter egg bath bombs. This recipe will yield seven large egg-shaped fizzing bath bombs.

How to make fizzing Easter egg bath truffles!

Begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the cocoa butter and babassu oil. Heat at 50% power in the microwave or in a double boiler until melted. If using a fragrance, weigh out the essential oil and stir into the wet ingredients.

How to make fizzing Easter egg bath truffles!

In a separate container, weigh out the baking soda, citric acid, kaolin clay, SLSA and yogurt powder. You will want to wear a mask for this step as the SLSA is an airborne product and it will get into your nose without a mask. Mix the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.

How to make fizzing Easter egg bath truffles!

Now weigh out the neon bikini blue powder and the glitters. (Feel free to mix up your own color combinations! The company I purchased my azure blue glitter from no longer had this product at the time of this post.)

How to make fizzing Easter egg bath truffles!

Mix the color and glitter into the dry ingredients until they are all a uniform blue color.

How to make fizzing Easter egg bath truffles!

Now combine the wet and dry ingredients. Mix well.

How to make fizzing Easter egg bath truffles!

You’re now ready to make mold your fizzing Easter egg bath truffles. Pile the mixture into one half of a plastic egg.

Repeat with the other half of the egg.

How to make fizzing Easter egg bath truffles!

Now mash the two sides of the plastic egg tightly together.

If your plastic eggs are a flimsy rather than rigid plastic, take care not to press either of the halves on top of the other. Otherwise your fizzing Easter egg bath truffles will be difficult to remove from the plastic egg mold.

How to make fizzing Easter egg bath truffles!

Repeat this process until you’ve molded all seven fizzing DIY Easter egg bath bombs.

Set the molded Easter egg bath bombs aside for an hour or two in a location where they won’t be disturbed. Then carefully unmold each fizzing Easter egg bath truffle and wrap or packaged as desired for gifting.

To use these fizzing DIY Easter egg bath bombs, simply add to warm running bath water and enjoy!

If you plan to sell your fizzing Easter egg bath bombs, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

It is important to note that, as this product contains SLSA, it is considered a foaming detergent bath product. As such labeling requires an additional caution to be printed on the label unless it states that the product is for adult use only. This is in addition to the ingredient list and directions for use and other information required for cosmetic labeling.

You can find the requirements for cosmetic labeling regulations regarding this product on the FDA website here.

For more great DIY Easter crafts, be sure to check out my DIY Homemade Easter Crafts and Treats Pinterest board. Or to discover more DIY’s similar to my fizzing Easter egg bath truffles as well as other homemade bath and body and soap recipes, be sure to check out my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.

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DIY Easter Crafts – Fun Easter projects to craft this weekend!

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Looking for fun DIY Easter crafts to create over the weekend? Then be sure to check out this fun collection of projects!

DIY Easter Crafts! Discover wonderful DIY Easter crafts to fill your weekend including these DIY Spin Art Easter Eggs via Hello Wonderful!

DIY Easter Crafts

These DIY Easter crafts are perfect for gifting to friends and family as spring gifts. Or many of these projects can also be use to fill your kids’ Easter baskets! (Well, except for the spiked Peeps marshmallows.)

Pictured above are DIY Spin Art Easter Eggs via Hello Wonderful.

DIY Easter Crafts! Discover fun DIY Easter crafts you can make over the weekend then gift friends and family! These also make great Easter basket fillers!

Pictured left to right: DIY Giant Knit Bunny via Flax and TwineDIY Peeps Soaps via Club Crafted / DIY Easter Egg Bath Bombs via Soap Queen / DIY Bunny Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess

DIY Easter Crafts! Discover fun DIY Easter crafts you can make over the weekend then gift friends and family! These also make great Easter basket fillers!

Pictured left to right: DIY Mini Easter Bunny Vases via We Are Scout / DIY Marbled Easter Eggs via Place of My TasteDIY Modern Easter Cookies via Tell Love and PartyDIY Spiked Peeps Marshmallows via Sugar & Cloth

Learn how to dye Easter eggs with natural plant based dyes at Babble.

Pictured above, learn how to dye Easter eggs with natural plant based dyes at Babble.

DIY Easter Crafts! Discover fun DIY Easter crafts you can make over the weekend then gift friends and family! These also make great Easter basket fillers!

Pictured left to right: DIY Honeycomb Bunny Cupcake Toppers via Oh Happy Day! / DIY Unicorn Easter Eggs via Little Inspiration / DIY Colorful Candy Easter Bark via Etsy / DIY Matcha Moss Cupcakes via Thirsty for Tea

Add a note of personalization to your Easter basket fillers with these monogrammed treat bags (there’s a free printable!) at julep.

Pictured above, add a note of personalization to your Easter basket fillers with these monogrammed treat bags (there’s a free printable!) at julep.

DIY Easter Crafts! Discover fun DIY Easter crafts you can make over the weekend then gift friends and family! These also make great Easter basket fillers!

Pictured left to right: DIY Thermochromic Color Change Easter Eggs via Dream a Little Bigger / Homemade Peanut Butter Cups via A Beautiful Mess / DIY Paper Carrot Treat Boxes via The House that Lars Built / DIY Crochet Easter Egg Chicks via love crochet

For more great DIY Easter crafts, be sure to check out my DIY Homemade Easter Crafts and Treats Pinterest board.

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Homemade Cold Process Egg Soap Recipe

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This homemade cold process egg soap recipe is made with egg yolks. Eggs have long offered skin care benefits that include tightening skin, shrinking pores, and calming redness and breakouts.

This homemade cold process egg soap recipe is made with egg yolks. Eggs have long offered skin care benefits that include tightening skin, shrinking pores, and calming redness and breakouts. In cold process soap they also help to create a rich, thick lather.

In cold process soap, egg yolks also help to create a rich, thick lather. If you’re looking for something eggs-stra fun to create this Easter, try making this luxurious homemade cold process egg soap recipe in lieu of – or in addition to – traditional Easter eggs.

This homemade cold process egg soap recipe is made with egg yolks. Eggs have long offered skin care benefits that include tightening skin, shrinking pores, and calming redness and breakouts. In cold process soap they also help to create a rich, thick lather.

Homemade Cold Process Egg Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3.92 oz. palm kernel flakes
3.6 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
9 oz. sustainable palm oil
10.8 oz. pomace olive oil
4 oz. safflower oil
1.08 oz. castor oil
3.6 oz. rice bran oil

11.5 fluid oz. distilled water
4.9 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

2 egg yolks
1 Tablespoon white kaolin (cosmetic) clay
2.25 oz. fragrance oil of choice, optional

Soap Notes:

Water as % of oils=32%
Superfat/Discount 6%

This homemade cold process egg soap recipe will yield 10-12 bars of soap approximately 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

There is zero egg smell to this cold process egg soap recipe once it has cured. I noticed a slight smell when I first cut my homemade egg soap into bars, however it had completely dissipated by the next day and smelled only like the fragrance oil I’d used for my own batch.

Instructions:

To make this homemade cold process egg soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe you can try.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

You’ll need to begin with eggs that are room temperature so I suggest removing your eggs from the refrigerator ahead of starting the soapmaking process. Crack the eggs open and separate the whites and yolk from two eggs. You’ll only be using the yolks for this egg soap recipe so feel free to scramble up the whites in an omelet! Alternately you could simply use one egg in its entirety – both the white and yolk – for a somewhat different result. While egg yolks serve as a fat in a cold process egg soap recipe, the protein in egg whites are believed to have an astringent effect on skin.

Once your eggs have reached room temperature, you are ready to begin the soapmaking process.

Begin the soapmaking process for this egg soap recipe by first measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. (Alternately you can use rosewater in place of the distilled water if you’re after a face specific soap.) Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the palm kernel flakes, coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, safflower oil, castor oil and rice bran oil using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until all of the oils have melted, then remove from heat and set aside.

Next weigh out your fragrance oil, if you’re choosing to scent your egg soap, and set aside. (You can also use essential oils in lieu of a fragrance oil, but you’ll want to use half the amount.)

Now measure out the kaolin clay and set aside.

Once the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°F you’re ready to make this egg soap recipe.

You’ll need to begin by tempering your egg yolks. To do this remove about a cup of oil from your cooled soapmaking oils into a cup or bowl. Add the egg yolks and mix well with a whisk, fork or even a stick blender. Set aside.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until you reach a light trace, then add the clay, fragrance, and egg-oil mixture. Mix again until the soap starts to thicken again and all ingredients are fully blended into the soap, then pour the soap into your prepared mold.

Lightly cover the soap with cardboard but don’t insulate the soap loaf.

This homemade cold process egg soap recipe is made with egg yolks. Eggs have long offered skin care benefits that include tightening skin, shrinking pores, and calming redness and breakouts. In cold process soap they also help to create a rich, thick lather.

After 24 hours you can unmold your homemade nut free soap loaf and cut it into bars. Allow your soaps to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

Want to try eggs in your own homemade cold process soap recipe? Give it a try! Just be sure to bring your eggs to room temperature and temper your eggs in your cooled soapmaking oils to avoid an eggy smell or scrambled eggs. then add the tempered eggs at a light trace.

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

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DIY Chalkboard Easter Egg “Baskets”

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DIY Easter Chalkboard Pots - Go from Easter basket to plant pots once the holiday is over!

Easter baskets are fun to fill, gift and receive, but when my son was little we used his basket once and then it would sit on the shelf in his closet for a year. Rather than buy something and use it once, why not upcycle your basket into something new after Easter is over?

Easy DIY Chalkboard Plant Pots

I was browsing Darby Smart when I fell in love with these super cute chalkboard plant pots (image above via Darby Smart.) Having happily purchased DIY kits from them previously for my son and niece this past Christmas I went ahead and purchased this kit without hesitation. Not only did they ship within two days, they arrived within two days of shipping and the kit was exactly as described. However, instead of making them into plant pots, I made mine into miniature Easter baskets!

Since the pots come with Cool Bistro Chalk Markers writing your message on these pots is a snap! You can then easily change the message by simply erasing the chalk marker with a wet paper towel and then write a new message. Easter and even spring gardening projects aside, these could also be used for small Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts. Here’s how you make them…

Easy DIY Chalkboard Easter "Basket" Pots

DIY Chalkboard Easter “Basket” Pots

You’ll need:

Three small terra cotta pots (3 1/2″ in diameter by 3″ height)
Broad Point Tip Fluorescent Blue Bistro Chalk Marker
Broad Point Tip Regular White Bistro Chalk Marker
Pebeo Porcelaine Black Chalkboard Paint
foam brush

What to do:

How to Make Chalkboard Planters

Using the foam brush paint your pots with chalkboard paint. Allow to dry 15-20 minutes then apply a second coat of paint.

Bake on the chalkboard paint

Once these finish drying, heat in the oven on a baking sheet at 300°F for 30 minutes, then turn the oven off and allow the pots to cool completely in the oven. This process bonds the chalkboard paint to the surface of the pots.

DIY Easter Craft Project - Easy Chalkboard Easter "Basket" Pots

Now write your message on the pots using your Bistro chalk markers and fill them with the goodies of your choice. I used the crinkle paper that my DIY Darby Smart Kit came packed in as Easter “grass” then filled them with candy, eggs and my DIY Easter “Peeps” Inspired Homemade Soap!

DIY Chalkboard Easter Eggs

I still had a bit of chalkboard paint left over that can be used for other projects. Darby Smart also has some other great Easter ideas and DIY kits right now that use chalkboard paint like the DIY Chalkboard Easter Eggs pictured above from their website.

DIY Chalkboard Coasters for Easter

And these easy to execute DIY Chalkboard Easter Inspired Coasters!

Right now I have three new Darby Smart DIY Kits I just purchased and received waiting for me to get my hands on them! I’m super excited. I’ll be making animal canisters, mini magnetic terrariums, and etched champagne flutes!

Looking for more quick and easy DIY Easter projects? Be sure to follow my DIY Homemade Easter Crafts and Treats board on Pinterest for more great ideas. You can also follow me on Blog Lovin‘, FacebookTwitterTumblrGoogle + and Instagram!