Coloring Easter eggs with tea is a special way to share this holiday with your children or grandchildren. Using teas instead of commercially prepared dyes gives you a more natural look, and you don't have to worry about anyone being allergic to any of the commercial dyes. You can mix different types of tea, which will give you a unique color mix. Be creative and have fun!
Things You'll Need
- Newspaper or other paper to cover work area
- Eggs, hard boiled and cooled completely
- Teas of whichever types you want (herbal ones work best)
- Bowls or other containers
- Measuring cup
- Boiling water
- Egg spoon, slotted spoon, or tongs
- Empty egg carton
Cover the work area with paper to protect wood from moisture.
Wash the eggs in warm soapy water to make sure there aren't any oils or soil on the egg to interfere with coloring. Hard-boil the eggs.
Make the dye mix. Pour 1 cup boiling water over at least 2 tea bags and steep for 15 minutes. Squeeze out the tea bags to remove all of the dye and set aside. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to the mix and allow to cool to room temperature. Different teas can be used in different bowls for variety.
Gently add eggs to the desired bowls. Make sure each egg has room so that liquid touches all sides.
Allow the eggs to float in the tea bowls for at least 1 hour.
Lift the eggs out of the bowl and check the coloring on the eggs. Return to the solution if the desired color is not achieved.
Carefully remove the egg from solution and lay out to dry. Make sure not to let the eggs touch, an empty egg carton works great here. Try not to touch the eggs until they've had a chance to dry.
Tips & Warnings
- Teas that contain hibiscus will give purplish color; chamomile will give yellow tones; green tea will produce bright yellows; black tea and chicory give shades of brown and orange.
- Use either wax crayons or a stick of wax to draw messages or designs on an egg before dyeing, and the message will appear on the finished egg.
- Polish a dyed egg after drying with vegetable oil on a paper towel to create a sheen.
- Dab a clean wet sponge on an egg while still wet from dyeing to create a textured, marble look.
- Some teas may change the flavor of an egg.
- Don't use herbal teas if you have an allergy to anything in them.
- Refrigerate eggs in their tea soak if you're going to leave them overnight.
- Adult supervision is required when handling boiling water or around an oven.
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