Nothing says easter like dipping fresh white eggs into little bowls of colour and watching them change. This year we decided to go back-to-basics and cut out artificial dye by using tea instead! The process is simple, the colours are all-natural, and the clean up is a lot easier, especially when you’ve got little hands at work!
A safety pin
1. Boil the kettle
2. While the kettle is boiling, poke a small hole in both the bottom and the top of your egg with a safety pin. Wiggle the pin to widen the bottom hole and break the yoke inside the egg. Blow into the top hole and drain the inside of the egg into a bowl so you can use it for scrambled eggs!
3. When your egg is empty, give it a good rinse with soapy water (carefully) and let it dry.
4. Combine 4-5 Tablespoons (higher amount will lead to darker colour) of tea with enough boiling water to cover your eggs in a small bowl. You’ll need a different bowl for each colour egg you’d like to produce. We did one bowl of black tea to yield a yellow colour, and one with hibiscus and pink dragonfruit for a deep purple.
5. Let the tea steep loosely in the water until the colour deepens to your liking, then strain out the large chunks. You can also leave the chunks in for a marbled result like we did.
5. Place the eggs in the dye and let sit. Rotate frequently but don’t handle too often or they will become splotchy. Let your eggs sit until your satisfied with their colour (You can even leave them overnight) and then remove. Let the eggs dry and decorate or craft with them as you please!