If you’re looking for a fun and natural way to dye Easter eggs this year, look no further than blackberries! This easy tutorial will show you how to create beautiful colored eggs with just a few simple ingredients.
Dyeing Easter eggs with blackberries is a fun project for your entire family and the eggs will turn out so colorful! Using blackberries to dye eggs is such a fun project because no egg will come out like the other!
Not only is this method better for your family and the environment, but it’s also a great way to teach your kids about the process of dyeing Easter eggs naturally. So why not give it a try?
Your Easter egg hunt will be all the more exciting with these lovely blackberry-dyed eggs!
Why Should You Naturally Dye Your Easter Eggs?
When it comes to naturally dyeing Easter eggs, there are a few reasons why this method is better than using store-bought dyes.
For one, store-bought dyes can often be harsh and full of chemicals that you may not want your family coming in contact with. Additionally, naturally dyed Easter eggs tend to be more uniquely vibrant and beautiful than their store-bought counterparts.
Finally, naturally dyeing eggs is a great way to teach your kids about where dyes come from and how they can be made naturally at home! Naturally dyeing Easter eggs is a fun art and science project for your kids!
All in all, there are plenty of reasons to ditch the store-bought dyes this Easter and go natural!
What can I do with all my naturally dyed Easter eggs?
Well, you can always just eat them because they are boiled eggs and they are delicious. But, if you want to get a little more creative, here are some other ideas.
- Use them as part of an Easter egg hunt. This would be so much fun for the kids! They could search high and low for their dyed eggs.
- Use them as part of a tablescape for your Easter dinner. This would be such a fun way to dress up your table. You could even get creative and write each person’s name on their egg with a permanent marker.
- Eating them as-is for a few days can get a little boring, so why not make egg salad or spicy deviled eggs – I’ve rounded up recipes that use boiled eggs to help you (and me) use all your Easter eggs before they spoil.
There are so many possibilities for what you can do with your dyed Easter eggs. Get creative and have fun! And, if all else fails, you can always just eat them because they are boiled eggs and they are delicious.
What You’ll Need to Dye Your Easter Eggs with Blackberries
To naturally dye your Easter eggs with blackberries, you’ll need:
- White or Light Brown Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- White Vinegar
- A Pot
- A Strainer
- A Spoon for Stirring
- A Fork or Potato Masher
Before You Dye, You Must Hard Boil Your Eggs
The first step in naturally dyeing your Easter eggs is to hard-boil them.
How to Hard Boil Eggs on the Stove
Place eggs in a pot. Add enough cold water to come at least an inch above the eggs. Place the pot on the stove over high heat and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, remove the pot from the heat and cover it with a lid. Allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for 12 minutes. Transfer the eggs to an ice bath for five minutes.
How to Hard Boil Eggs in an Instant Pot
If you’re going to dye eggs, you might as well cook them correctly. We do ours in our Instant Pot! You can boil eggs in 3-7 minutes in your Instant Pot and they will come out perfect every single time! Depending on how long you cook them will make them a soft boiled, a medium-boiled, or a hard-boiled. I personally prefer a soft boil. I love a little runny yolk, so 3-4 minutes is the perfect time for me.
Place eggs in the pot. Add enough cold water to come at least an inch above the eggs. Place the lid on the pot, and set it to manual, high pressure for five minutes. When finished cooking, do a quick release by moving the valve from sealing to venting. Place eggs in an ice bath for five minutes.
The best part of cooking eggs in an Instant Pot is that they’re easier to peel than traditional hard-boiled eggs done on a stovetop and they don’t need to be monitored. The Instant Pot seriously has changed how we make eggs in our home.
How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs with Blackberries
Ready to get started? Here’s what you need to do:
First, you’ll need to gather your blackberries and place them in a pot. If you’re using fresh berries, you’ll want to use about two cups.
If you’re using frozen blackberries, you’ll need about one cup. Next, add enough water to the pot so that the berries are covered.
Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat and let the berries simmer for about 15 minutes.
Smash the berries and let simmer for 5 more minutes. After 5 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and use a strainer to strain out the blackberry juice. You can save the blackberries for later or discard them.
Now that you have your blackberry juice, it’s time to add the vinegar. For every 4 cups of blackberry juice, add one cup of white vinegar. Stir the mixture well and then add your eggs. You can place the eggs directly into the pot or put them in a bowl and pour the egg dye mixture over them.
Let the eggs sit in the mixture for at least 30 minutes, though you can leave them longer if you want a deeper color. I like to put my eggs in the fridge and let them sit in the dye for up to 8 hours.
Once the desired color is achieved, remove the eggs from the pot and place them on a paper towel to dry.
And that’s it! You’ve now successfully naturally dyed your Easter eggs with blackberries.
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs FAQS
What are Naturally Dyed Easter eggs?
One fun way to dye Easter eggs is by using natural ingredients. This method is simple, affordable, and produces beautiful results. Some of the most popular natural dyeing ingredients include beets, turmeric, and spin.
If you’re looking for a new way to dye your Easter eggs this year , try using blackberries! This method is easy and produces gorgeous results.
Can I use other berries to dye my eggs?
Yes! Using berries to dye Easter eggs is a great idea! You can use blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries to naturally dye your Easter eggs. Any berry will work! Just follow the same instructions as above.
What are other things I can use for naturally dyed eggs?
Turmeric, beets, onion skins, red cabbage, and blueberries are all great sources of natural egg dyes. There are a ton of other things you can use to naturally dye your Easter eggs!
Can I reuse the blackberry juice to dye my eggs?
Yes, you can definitely reuse the blackberry juice! Just strain it and add more berries if needed. You may not get as deep of color the second time around, but it will still work.
Do I have to refrigerate the eggs while they’re sitting in the dye?
No, you don’t have to refrigerate the eggs. However, I find that I get more vibrant colors when the eggs are refrigerated.
Can I eat the naturally dyed Easter eggs?
Yes, you can eat naturally dyed Easter eggs. However, keep in mind that the dye could transfer to anything the egg comes in contact with, including your hands and mouth. So be sure to wash your hands after handling them!
What if I can’t find white vinegar?
For this egg dye recipe, you can also use apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar. However, avoid using any other type of vinegar as it may affect the color of your eggs.
What if I don’t have a strainer?
You can also use a cheesecloth or coffee filter to strain out the blackberry juice. If you don’t have any of those either, you can just let the juice sit for a few minutes so that the berries settle to the bottom and then carefully pour off the liquid.
What if I want to dye my eggs a different color?
You can also naturally dye your Easter eggs other colors by using different fruits and vegetables. Check out the tutorials linked above for some inspiration!
How long do boiled eggs stay fresh?
Boiled eggs will stay fresh for up to one week if they are stored properly. Store boiled eggs in the fridge in an airtight container. If you notice that the egg shells are starting to crack, it’s time to throw them out.
How do I make fun designs with rubber bands?
To make fun designs with rubber bands, start by wrapping a rubber band around the egg in a spiral pattern. You can also make stripes by wrapping the rubber band around the egg in a zigzag pattern.
Where did the tradition of dyeing easter eggs come from?
The tradition of dyeing Easter eggs is believed to have originated in the Middle East. It is said that early Christians would use dyed eggs as a symbol of Jesus’ resurrection.
For Christians, the Easter egg is a metaphor for Jesus Christ’s resurrection. The eggs are dyed red in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches where they are used to commemorate Jesus Christ’s blood that was shed on the cross.
What eggs are best for dyeing? White eggs or brown eggs?
The type of egg you use for dyeing doesn’t really matter. I’ve used both white eggs and brown eggs with great results. The only thing to keep in mind is that the color of the shell will affect the final color of your dyed eggs.
For example, if you use a white egg, the dye will likely be a little brighter than if you had used a brown egg. If you want to achieve a really deep color, I recommend using white eggs. Otherwise, use whatever type of egg you have on hand is great for natural dyes.
What if I want to dye my eggs more than one color?
If you want to dye your eggs more than one color, you can either dip them in different dyes or you can use a technique called “painting.” To paint your eggs, start by hard boiling them. Once they’re cooled, use a cotton swab or a small paintbrush to apply the dye to the egg. You can get creative and make any design you want!
How to Dye Easter Eggs with Blackberries
- 1 Sauce Pan or Pot
- 1 strainer
- 1 Fork or Masher
- 4 Cups Water
- 4 Cups Blackberries
- 1 Cup Vinegar
- 12 Hard Boiled Eggs
- Add the water and blackberries to a boiling pot for about 15 minutes before smashing the blackberries.
- Stir and let simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, strain the mixture, and the vinegar to the remaining liquid in a large bowl.
- Add the eggs to the liquid and let them set in the dye. Move the bowl into the refrigerator and leave eggs in the dye until they reach the color you desire. I left them in the dye for about 8 hours.
- After your eggs are the color you desire, remove the foam from the top of the dye and gently remove the eggs from the bowl.
- Place them on paper towels to dry, flipping after a few minutes for the other side to finish drying. Happy Easter!
- I have seen a few other recipes call for only 1 tablespoon of vinegar and when we tried that, it didn’t allow the dye to really cling to the eggs. So, it’s imperative that you use enough vinegar in your mixture. However, don’t go over 1 cup or the vinegar could eat at the shell of the egg.
- We dyed about 12 eggs at once, but you can dye however many you want, you just might have to do it in batches like you would with most dying techniques.
- I left my eggs in the dye for about 8 hours. You can play with how long you want your eggs in the dye. You will get varying shades of color as you would with any dying technique.
- This dye won’t produce just one color on the eggs. It turns out to be a gorgeous speckled color of different shades of blues and purples and it’s absolutely stunning.
- If you want to try another technique, you can use fresh eggs and boil them in the blackberry mixture as you prepare it. You’ll want to up the cook time of the blackberries to about 30 minutes with this method. I haven’t tried this myself, but I’ve heard it works just as well.
There you have it! A simple and natural way to dye your Easter eggs this year. Give it a try and see how beautiful your eggs turn out!
Looking for more naturally dyed Easter egg inspiration? Check out these tutorials:
Have fun and Happy Easter!
Have you ever naturally dyed Easter eggs? What’s your favorite method? Share in the comments below!