Natural Egg Dyes
Boiling a single onion skin with a few eggs will give you a soft orange-do this when you are cooking them in a separate pot to avoid overcooking.
Orange to red/brown is obtained from onion skins. Gather the dry outer skins of onions. It takes several cups of skins. Cover with water and boil for about 30 minutes. Add the eggs. Watch the color. You can dye various hues of orange to brown depending on the length of time in the dye.
One-half teaspoon of turmeric gives a sunny yellow.
Another way to obtain a clear, bright yellow is from the inner bark of apple branches. Prune a few small branches (not limbs) from an apple tree. Scrape the bark into a pot. Cover with water and boil for about 30 minutes. To roughly 3/4 cup of bark and 2 quarts of water, add 1 scant teaspoon of alum. The alum will bring out the yellow dye.
Beet juice and vinegar make pink
A soft, robin’s egg blue is obtained by boiling red cabbage. Slice the cabbage. Cover with water and boil for 30 minutes. Let the cabbage dye cool. This dye will look purple but will dye the eggs blue. NOTE: Cabbage dye does not work when it is very hot. It will only dye the eggs when it cools.
Concord grape juice –lavender/gray
Ground coffee-creamy brown
Cinnamon powder-light mahogany
Carrot tops-soft gold
Yellow delicious apple peels-light green-gold
You can rub blueberries and cranberries right on the shells for soft blues and pink. Blend them for another pretty result.
Color your Flowers
Put water into three glasses and add drops of food coloring to each. Stand white flowers in each glass-good choices are daisies or carnations. After a few days, the petals will start to change color. Leave for two more days and the flowers will be the same color as the water they’re standing in. Great way to create colorful centerpieces or altar decorations.