Monday, February 9, 2009

Monday Make A – Natural Egg (or anything really…) Dyes

Natural Egg Dyes



Type of Magic



Blue to Purple Grape Juice Fertility, Garden Magic, Mental Powers,Money Add 1 cup frozen juice concentrate to 1 tsp. vinegar. Eggs may be simmered right in the juice to cook.


Colts-foot, bracken,
for a pale green: spinach leaves, or red cabbage & tumeric combination

growth, prosperity

Pour scant tsp. of turmeric and 2-3 tbsps. of chopped red cabbage in a heat safe cup then add boiling water.


Yellow green

Carrot tops,
for a green-gold: yellow delicious apple peels

fertility, new beginning

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for a light yellow: orange or lemon peels, carrot tops, celery seeds or ground cumin

sun, energy, vitality

Put -1-2 tsp. ground turmeric powder in heat proof cup. Fill 2/3 full with boiling water. Add 1 tsp. white vinegar.

Works quickly.
Turmeric stains so be careful.
Wipe dusty spice residue from eggs.



Yellow onion skins

sun, energy, vitality

Use 1 large handful of onion skin for each cup of water. Simmer 20 minutes then add 1 tsp. of white vinegar.



Onion skin


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Madder root
for a pale red: fresh beets or cranberries, frozen raspberries

sacred eggs

Put 2-4 tbsps. freshly grated beets in heat safe cup. Fill 2/3 with boiling water. Add 1 tsp. white vinegar.

Speckled design.
Dye may be strained before use.
Orange beets may be used to obtain saffron color.


Madder root

love, affection

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Bright blue

Red cabbage leaves

Spirit, Sky Father

Put 2-3 tbsps. chopped red cabbage in heat safe cup. Add boiling water. Add 1 tsp. white vinegar.

Let sit overnight.
Avoid excess handling.

Beige to brown

strong brewed coffee, for a reddish brown: limes, deep brown: pecan or walnut shells

  Earth, Mother Goddess, pecans-Money, Employment, walnut-Health, Mental Powers, Infertility, Wishes, Lime-Healing,Love,Protection, can’t find any for coffee :(

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Pale Green red onion skins same as yellow onion same as yellow onion Allow long steeping time.

To dye the perfect eggs the natural way, here's what to do:

1. Put eggs in a single layer in a pan. Pour water in pan until the eggs are covered.
2. Add about a teaspoon of vinegar.
3. Add the natural dye appropriate to the color you want your eggs to be. (The more eggs you are dying at a time, the more dye you will need to use.)
4. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15
5. Remove the substance you used to color the eggs. Put eggs in a bowl. If you want your eggs to be a darker shade, cover them with the dye and let them stand overnight in the refrigerator.


Use small leaves from fresh or dried herbs like flat parsley, rue, thyme or fern. Press the leaves against the egg and wrap securely with a section of old nylon stocking. Do this before putting in the dye bath. After dyeing, rinse these eggs in clear water before unwrapping.The area under the leaves will have little or no dye if done properly.

Glue dried, pressed flowers, sequins, crepe paper, or similar flat decorations to the eggs. Use your imagination.

Create designs with markers, stickers, paints. NOTE: Drawing designs with crayons won't work here as the waxy crayons will melt off in the boiling process.

Taken in part from Lakewinds

Disclaimer: No one involved in this blog or its contents may be held responsible for any adverse reactions arising from following any of the instructions/recipes on this list. It is the reader's personal responsibility to exercise all precautions and use his or her own discretion if following any instructions or advice from this blog.

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