4 Different Ways to Dye Easter Eggs

  • By Strive Fuel Team
  • 13 Apr, 2017

Eco-Friendly, DIY Easter Eggs using dyes made with things at home!

With Easter right around the corner, you might not have time to go out and buy your Easter egg dying kit. But don’t worry! There are several eco-friendly recipes using things you already have around the house:

1.  Classic Home Made Dye. Your classic homemade dye is made with vinegar, water, and food coloring.

 -  First boil your eggs. (For egg dying purposes it is best to use white eggs, simply because the brown egg will not hold the color as well. Save your brown eggs for eating)
 -  Once eggs are boiled, allow them time to cool.
 -  Boil a pot of water. Once boiling, separate into glass cups.
 -  Add 1 tbsp. and food-coloring to each glass.
 -  Let them sit until color has set in.
 -  To decorate these eggs, use things you have around the house! Circle sticker, bunny stickers, masking or electrical tape.
 -  Get creative! With the stickers and tape, you can create different layers of colors.

2.  The Natural Route. There are several different things you can use to create natural dye each recipe is per cup of water:

 -  1 cup chopped purple cabbage — makes blue eggs

 -  1 cup red onion skins — makes lavender or red eggs

 -  1 cup yellow onion skins — makes orange eggs

 -  1 cup shredded beets — makes pink eggs

 -  2 tablespoons ground turmeric — makes yellow eggs

 -  1 bag Red Zinger tea — makes lavender eggs

Boil your eggs, then let them cool to room temperature. Pour the amount of water you need for the dye you're making into a saucepan. Add your dye ingredient and bring the water to a boil. Once it is boiling bring it down to a simmer for 15-30 minutes. You want your dye to be a couple shades darker than the color you want on your egg. Let the mixture cool. Once cooled pour over a strainer into a bowl and add 1 tbsp. of vinegar per cup of dye. Pour the dye over the eggs, make sure the eggs are fully submerged, and allow to cool completely in the fridge. Remove from dye and your eggs are done!

3.  Kool-Aid Dye. This is a fun inexpensive way to make your eggs, and it will make your eggs smell fun and fruity!

 -  Boil your eggs and allow them to cool.

 -  Mix one single pack of Kool-Aid with 2/3 cup of water.

 -  The eggs do not have to sit long before they become brightly colored from the dye.

 -  To get a nice yellow, use one packet of Lemonade mixed with a quarter to half packet of Orange.

 -  To get light pink, use one packet of Pink Lemonade and add a little bit of Cherry or Strawberry.

 -  To get an indigo color, add some Berry Blue to the mix of Grape. 

 -  These eggs are fun and colorful! Once the dye has dried, your egg will not taste fruity when you eat them!

4.   Shaving Cream. This is a create fun way to get tie dye eggs! You might want to wear some gloves for this one.

 -  Boil your eggs and allow them to cool.

 -  Grab your shaving cream and fill an aluminum tray about ¾ full. You might need a couple cans. It needs to be foam, not gel.

 -  Next, start dripping in your food dye!

 -  With a straw or knife, drag the colors around the shaving cream to create tie dye swirls.

 -  All you need to do is roll your eggs around the swirls! You can always add more food dye as you go.

 -  Place the shaving cream covered eggs on a plate or cardboard so they won’t roll.

 -  Let them dry about 10 minutes before washing them off.

 -  Your eggs should turn out with swirled, fun colors!


With all Easter dying, you should not throw out these eggs! Most dying will only stain/flavor the outer shell of the egg. The edible parts of the egg will still be edible! If you do feel the need to throw them out, compost them!  Happy Easter! 

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Refuse

The refuse concept can get lost, what does it mean? Refuse is a simple concept: Don’t take the freebie. That Frisbee that they’re giving out at a baseball game, say no to the pen at the bank. Another concept of Refuse is to decline a bag at the grocery store. If you only got a few things, no need for a bag! Basically, if it can’t be recycled or is emits harmful chemicals to the environment “refuse” and go with a better, greener alternative.

Reduce

Think of all the ways that we could reduce waste! Get your bills electronically, unsubscribe from that magazine you never read or use sticky notes on your device. This can also be applied to your energy usage. Turn off your electronics when they are not in use, unplug the charged cell phone that stays on the cord all night and only charge it when it is needed. Another way you can reduce your energy usage is by being hyper aware of your air conditioning/heat. Only heat or cool a home when you’re there. If you are going on vacation, turn the heat down or the AC up. You can even have an expert come and audit your energy use. This a lot of times is free and will save you money down the road!

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Cover your windows. These bright sunny days make for great summer activities, but a lot of the heat that gets in the house comes through windows. When the sun shines through, it warms up the room. Use curtains to cover the windows. This gives you control of the amount of sunlight entering your home. You can also use shutters and work from the outside before the heat has a chance to get inside.  

Seal draughts. Heat can sneak into your home through the cracks under doors and around windows. Sealing drafts can help prevent the unwanted heat, and make it easier to cool down your home. Seal cracks with fillers around the window and door frames. Use draught strips and weather-seals to seal gaps under doors. If you are trying to cool your home on a tighter budget, try pushing a towel under your door to prevent heat from slipping in!

Ventilate your home. If the weather cools down for a day or an evening, try ventilating by opening your windows and doors. This will flush out the warm air and let in the cooler air from outside!

By Strive Fuel Team 13 Apr, 2017
With Easter right around the corner, you might not have time to go out and buy your Easter egg dying kit. But don’t worry! There are several eco-friendly recipes using things you already have around the house:

1.  Classic Home Made Dye. Your classic homemade dye is made with vinegar, water, and food coloring.

 -  First boil your eggs. (For egg dying purposes it is best to use white eggs, simply because the brown egg will not hold the color as well. Save your brown eggs for eating)
 -  Once eggs are boiled, allow them time to cool.
 -  Boil a pot of water. Once boiling, separate into glass cups.
 -  Add 1 tbsp. and food-coloring to each glass.
 -  Let them sit until color has set in.
 -  To decorate these eggs, use things you have around the house! Circle sticker, bunny stickers, masking or electrical tape.
 -  Get creative! With the stickers and tape, you can create different layers of colors.

2.  The Natural Route. There are several different things you can use to create natural dye each recipe is per cup of water:

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