Nature can be pretty amazing. Would you ever guess that you could dye Easter eggs blue naturally with red cabbage? Today I’m going to show you exactly how to dye eggs with cabbage for Easter this year. It’s very simple!
Thee naturally dyed eggs are just gorgeous. Depending on how long you leave the eggs in the mixture, you get a broad range of blue eggs, from pale light blue all the way to a beautiful dark indigo blue.
This fun alternative way to die Easter eggs (goodbye cheap chemical tablets from the grocery store) gives you such beautiful, vibrant results that you’ll never want to settle for those pre-made egg dye kits again!
How to Dye Eggs with Cabbage
- Hard boiled eggs
- Whole red cabbage
- 4 Tbsp. white vinegar
Step 1. Chop a whole red cabbage, then place into a large pot. Add just enough water to cover the cabbage, then boil on high.
Once the mixture is boiling, turn heat down to medium-low and simmer for about an hour. Let mixture cool until it’s warm, then drain the liquid through a strainer to remove the cabbage.
Step 2. Stir 4 Tbsp. of white vinegar to the cabbage liquid. Place the hard-boiled eggs into the cabbage water and let sit until they reach your desired colors.
If you’re like me, you’ll probably be skeptical at first. I thought this might be a massive fail because the cabbage water was a reddish-purple color. I figured there was no way that it would make blue eggs, just purple. I was totally wrong!
I took at the first egg after about an hour and it was a very pale blue. I wanted an ombre, gradient look to my eggs, so I took out one egg every 30 minutes to an hour (depending on when I remembered). I did this for the first half of the eggs until I went to bed.
When I went to bed, I left the rest of the eggs in the cabbage water mixture overnight.
In the morning the eggs were significantly darker, and I removed them throughout the day when I remembered. I wanted some of the eggs to get very dark so the last eggs weren’t pulled out until later the next day.
I love the deep indigo blue colored Easter eggs that were made by leaving the eggs in the cabbage water mixture all day. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Each egg is unique and has its’ own little markings on them, which I love.
These blue eggs are like little mini works of art!
And of course you feel okay about eating them since they’re just hard-boiled eggs and they were dyed naturally without any chemicals or weird ingredients.
These natural-looking Easter eggs look right at home in the DIY bird nest I made a few years ago, don’t they?
I hope you enjoyed this how to dye eggs with cabbage tutorial as much as I enjoyed making these pretty blue Easter eggs!
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