Dyeing Eggs with Plants

 

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Coloring eggs with plants is a good experiment, but usually this type of egg dying takes some time. One option is dyeing some of the eggs the day before. Different plants dye egg shell at varying speeds. Onion skin dye effects the shell immediately, but eggs placed in red cabbage dye need to sit in the fridge over night. If I was going to do this activity again, I might just use the onion dye. It makes a variety of pleasant shades from light yellowish pink to rosy ocher, and you don’t have to wait. We ended up dyeing most of the eggs before the activity and showing the teens the different types of dyes. They were able to decorate on top of the plant dye with acrylic paint. It would be good to open a window to deal with the egg smell. Here is a link with directions and some lovely pictures:

Dying with eggs with plants (flowers and nylons): http://bigsislilsis.com/2010/04/02/natural-dye-colored-easter-eggs/

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