I know we’ve spoken about dyeing with tea before. But have you thought about dyeing your Easter eggs with tea? It’s actually possible! It’s a natural way to dye your eggs.
This is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy! You can sip teas, have festive Easter treats, and dye those eggs. The colors may not be quite as neon bright as those store-bought dyes, but they’re natural and beautiful all on their own. And isn’t it fun to incorporate tea into your Easter Egg project? There are endless teas you can use, as long as you use one that has a lovely color you’d like to use.
First, A general recipe for tea-dyeing your eggs:
-hard boiled eggs (at room temperature- use as many as you like!)
– bowls of very strongly concentrated cooled teas (1-3 cups of tea, enough to cover a few eggs). Use 3-4 teabags and steep until the tea is quite dark.
-1 tablespoon of vinegar per bowl of steeped tea
To get even more festive, take crayons and make fun designs on the eggs before dyeing them. The tea won’t stick to the crayon, so your designs will pop and the tea will stain the background!
You can wrap rubber bands around the eggs in any formation you like, and then dye the eggs. Just like tie-dyeing, the bands will block the color and make an interesting pattern while the tea stains the exposed egg shell.
You’ll need to leave the eggs in for long enough to get the color you like. We left ours overnight to ensure they had a nice dark color. Be sure to pop the bowls of eggs in the refrigerator if you’ll be soaking them for this long.
Here are a few colorful teas you can use for your dyes:
Turmeric- you can use a teabag, a tablespoon of dried turmeric, or the grate the natural stuff (you may want to wear gloves if you are a bit messy- that stuff will stain your fingers for a while!). Your eggs will have a nice vivid yellow color from the turmeric.
Berry teas- teas with strong red colors like red berries will actually turn your eggs a vibrant blue!
Matcha- place 2-3 tsps of culinary grade matcha in a jar with 2 cups of water, put the lid on and shake away until it’s combined. The eggs will turn out a pale green-remember that the eggs won’t end up a dark as the tea’s color.
Green tea- this will produce a light yellow egg. It’s subtle but lovely for Easter.
Black tea- it may seem a bit simple, but black tea gives a lovely rustic brown shade to the eggs. This also makes a lovely backdrop for decorating with markers or glitter.
Hibiscus tea- Steeping up a strong bowl of hibiscus actually looks quite dark but it’ll give your eggs a grey/blue color. Sounds strange but it’s quite beautiful! In our picture above Kat used a floral tea with lots of hibiscus and the egg turned out very dark blue!
If you aren’t happy with the colors, you can always add some juices to your tea as well. Beet juice or Cherry juice will give you a lovely pink, for example.
When removing your eggs from the dye, be careful. The dye can still come off so use a spoon or tongs to carefully remove. Kat likes to use the egg carton to rest the eggs in, that way there is less possibility of the dye rubbing off onto a plate or a paper towel To create a marbled effect, gently pat the dyed eggs with a damp sponge. You can rub a little bit of vegetable oil onto your eggs if you’d like to give them a shiny finish.
Enjoy yourself and get creative! Do you have a tea that has an interesting color? Try dyeing your eggs and see what you get! If you are tea-dying your own eggs, I’d love to see them! Tweet them and tag me @thelovelyteacup!