How To Make Vibrant, Robin Egg Blue Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
The Easter season is here and what says “Easter” like DIY dyed Easter eggs? And bunnies. It’s not exactly Easter without lots of fluffy bunnies. More to come on bunnies, but for now enjoy this cute post on making pom pom bunnies from last year! This week, let’s talk about Easter eggs! And how to make the prettiest blue DIY dyed Easter eggs you’ve ever seen.
Surely you’ve seen those gorgeous Robin Egg Blue, speckled eggs going around Pinterest. I certainly have! DIY Dyed Easter Eggs from natural products is a pretty hot trend this year. So I wanted to give this project a try. Here’s what I made. Aren’t they gorgeous? Want to know how I did it?
These are hard boiled DIY Dyed Easter Eggs dyed blue using red cabbage.
Yeah. Isn’t that crazy? Why the red cabbage makes the eggs turn blue is a complete mystery to me, but it definitely works.
I found a tutorial I wanted to follow and basically did what she recommended.
I’m going to share my lessons learned from making these DIY Dyed Easter eggs, and give you some advice about making them for yourself. Let’s get started!
Here’s what you need to make your own Robin Egg Blue DIY Dyed Easter Eggs
- a dozen white, hard boiled eggs
- 1 head of red cabbage
- 4 tsp of white vinegar
- metallic gold paint (make it edible if you want to eat these eggs)
- thick bristle paintbrush or old toothbrush
What You’ll Do:
- Hard Boil your eggs, and allow them to cool off in the fridge.
- Coarsely chop up your cabbage, put it into a big pot, and cover with water.
- Boil the cabbage at a low boil for about 45 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let the cabbage sit in the water until it’s completely cool.
- Strain out the cabbage and reserve the liquid….which is a gorgeous, deep purple.
- Put the hard boiled eggs into the cabbage water and let the sit for at least a couple of hours. Rotate them around so the coloring will penetrate the shell evenly.
- If you want an ombre of color, take some out every few hours and set them aside. The longer the eggs sit in the solution, the darker they get. If you take out a few every couple of, hours your eggs will be in several shades of blue.
- Allow the eggs to dry completely.
- Using an old toothbrush or a coarse brush, flick the gold paint all over the eggs.
- Allow the gold paint to dry completely, flip the eggs over and repeat on the other side.
And Voila! The prettiest DIY Dyed Easter Eggs ever!
OK, that’s the Reader’s Digest version. Simple and sweet. Right?
Well…..there are few things about this project that nobody tells you until you get started.
The big thing about this project is that it’s super stinky! I mean, SUPER stinky! So my biggest tip for you is that if you live in a tiny Brooklyn apartment with no access to the outdoors, think long and hard about doing this project.
First, you have to hard boil eggs. So there’s that. Then you are boiling the cabbage and letting it cool down. And if you leave a cover on it, it like NEVER cools off! Even uncovered it took a few HOURS to cool down enough. So if you are cooped up indoors with cooling cabbage you’re gonna putrify your whole floor. And you’re not going to win your neighbors back over to your side with these eggs. I don’t care how pretty they are!
The way I got around it is this. I boiled the cabbage as instructed and then I put the hot stock pot outdoors. It was a cold spell, so it was actually colder than my fridge outside. I let the pot cool uncovered for almost two hours. Then I strained the boiled cabbage out of the water solution and threw it into my garden as a compost. I recommend using a stockpot with a strainer so you can just lift the cabbage out of the solution without having to take that stinky mess back inside the kitchen.
Plus the stock pot with strainer worked well for actually dying the eggs.
I poured 2 or 3 tablespoons of white vinegar into the cooled the solution and swished. I added the hard boiled eggs into the purple cabbage and vinegar solution and let it sit outside until about 10PM. Every 30 minutes I went and lifted the strainer and moved the eggs around a little bit. I pulled my first two or three out after about 2 hours so I would have some lighter shaded eggs. In another 2 hours, I pulled out 3 or 4 more. The rest I allowed to remain in solution over night.
I did not get up every two hours to move them around as is suggested, because I’m not Martha Stewart. And let’s be real. She pays people to do that sort of thing. Me? I’m just one person making projects at home and sharing my results with you. This is the real world, people, and I’m not getting out of bed at 3AM to shift Easter eggs.
I let the solution with remaining eggs sit in my garage overnight. It was unusually cold at this time so leaving it in the garage was fine.
Let me be extremely honest with you right now. This part of the project is so stinky, you would not believe it. The cabbage juice combined with vinegar and hard boiled eggs was pretty rank! Each time I lifted the strainer up and ran it up and down to move the eggs and flush solution over them that smell would just about knock me over. Oy. This is definitely an outdoor or garage project!
But the reward is amazing. You get the prettiest blue eggs you’ve ever seen.
The eggs took quite a while to dry thoroughly. Like a couple of hours. That surprised me.
The recipe I followed called for “edible gold paint.” Well, my Michael’s store did not have this. The best I could come up with was a gold edible glitter from Wilton. The store associate said I could mix it with vodka and flick it on that way. Well, let me tell you something. Getting the consistency right with that recipe was really tough! The first flick was way too watery. I had to add more glitter and let it all sit for a while. And there’s not very much glitter in the tube from Wilton. It’s also not exactly inexpensive.
If I ever make this project again, I’m going to use regular gold craft paint. The consistency is perfect and would yield a much prettier egg. I have found I’m not really interested in eating the eggs at this point, just taking the photos and using them decoratively. So craft paint is perfectly fine. But if you want to actually eat them, you would need to use an edible paint to be safe.
What lessons did I learn doing my own DIY dyed Easter eggs?
- The first big take away is that this is a really, and I mean REALLY, stinky project. So know that going in. If you don’t have outdoor access to do some of this project, I recommend thinking long and hard about it. Or at least be prepared for it. ‘Cause don’t say I didn’t warn you!
- Secondly. This is a very time consuming and labor intensive project! I was really surprised by how long each part took to complete. You’re going to need all weekend to do this because of the time it takes to get the eggs where you want them color-wise and all the drying and cooling times. I had to babysit this project an entire Saturday and Sunday. So this may not be practical for you if you have full time work to be worried about. Just know ahead of time it’s time consuming and plan your time well. You’re not going to start this on Saturday morning with your kids at 9 am and be done for 11 am swim practice.
But if you plan your time well, and know the truth of the project, it’s well worth doing .
It really is beautiful and I would totally do it again. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ll remake them next year and shoot a video of the process. And I will probably try a couple other natural products to see how it works. Tumeric and onion skins yield absolutely gorgeous results. At least that’s what Pinterest says. I’ll let you know!
What about you? Is this a project you want to try? Or is it too much? Let me know! What do you think?
What ever your opinion, there is no denying this is a gorgeous finished project. And having this as your Easter Table centerpiece would be stunning.