HOMEMADE Baby Safe Easter Eggs
First off, let me apologize for not taking pictures of the actual process. I was kind of a hot mess trying to do a million things at once + tend to my 7 month old. I'll try to be as thorough as I can describing the steps :) Since having Nixon I've been wanting to do any and everything I can NATURALLY.
I home-made egg dye... it took me a couple times to get it right but I'm pretty happy with the results. I know I could have bought "natural egg dye" but where's the fun in that??? I'm loving how the colors are more natural looking, this appeals to me. PLUS they're safe, and Nixon can hold them/mess with them. Until they crack of course ha.
There's TONS of recipes for different colors/shades but I went with 3 to make it easier on my self. I chose a dark orangy-red, baby blue, and mustard yellow. Definitely not your typical easter colors but I wanted to do something different. A lot of this process was trial & error, so some of the eggs are darker or more streaked than others, but it gives them character!!
For the BLUE:
2 cups of frozen or fresh blueberries (I did frozen)
2 cups water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1. Smash the berries then place them in a small pot with 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and then stir in vinegar.
2. Set aside to let cool until warm or room temperature, add vinegar.
3. Add your already hard boiled eggs. Leave 8 minutes for a light blue, 4+ hours for a dark blue.
For the YELLOW:
3 tablespoons turmeric
Enough water to submerge the eggs
1. Stir in turmeric
2. Add eggs
3. Boil for 30 minutes, less if you want them lighter
For the RED/ORANGE:
4 red onion skins
4 yellow onion skins
4 cups water
1. Place skins into water
2. Bring to boil
3. Place eggs carefully into boiling water and continue boiling for 10 minutes
4. Let eggs sit in mixture for as long as it takes for them to reach the desired color.
I can definitely see myself doing this for future easters! I'm sure at some point, for Nixon's enjoyment we will resort back to the regular pre-made natural dyes. His cutie outfit he wore today is from https://milkbarnkids.com/collection/ :)