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Comments - Curbly Video: How to Make Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

valia on Mar 12, 2012:

this is amazing. Question, what does the alum powder do? Make the color more vibrant or is it used just to preserve it? thanks!


Liz on Apr 19, 2011:

Love it!!  I posted this video on my website and can't wait to try it this weekend!!


ModHomeEcTeacher on Apr 02, 2010:

Very nice Chris. I like the facial hair too.


vanessa on Apr 01, 2010:

That alum powder really is magic. I spent an entire freakin' DAY doing this last year and my eggs were horrible! It was such a let-down. My kids abandoned me straight off, despite my normally contagious enthusiasm, but I was committed and carried on. At the end of the day I had a LOT of egg shaped things the colour of mud, and not a nice mud.


The one technique that I was happy with were the onione skins. I wrapped the eggs in a couple layers of dry yellow skins, tied them in panty hose and threw them in the pot to boil. They are a lovely earthy colour and the pattern that the onions left on the eggs is all swirly and rich. They sort of look like they'd been tea dyed (which might work as well). I had filed the whole naturally dyed eggs idea in the trash, but I'll give it another go if I can find alum in Canadian grocery stores.


Thanks for a great post and renewing my enthusiasm.


PS I've heard that if you secure an interesting leaf or some grass to the egg with the pantyhose method, the colour will dye the egg around the shape and can lead to some pretty interesting results.


Anonymous on Mar 31, 2010:

Free press- I support it too.  I found this interesting and the photos BEAUTIFUL. I’ve spent years dyeing eggs both ways and like varying degrees of color that come from natural materials and synthetic dies. What I feel the need to say is.........................GoClick really? So much fuss and info challenging an alternative way to die eggs? die them (or don't ) any way you'd like and spend more time focusing on what makes you happy-unless what makes you happy is debating things like this.  Happy spring!


floridamommykat on Mar 27, 2008:

Thanks so much for this post!!!  My son is allergic to food dyes, so the most we can do with easter eggs is put stickers on them!  This is the greatest thing i've seen in a while!  I only wish i had seen this a week ago.


suzyrenovator on Mar 18, 2008:

Your creations are gorgeous!  I love how each egg is unique.  Would have to hard boil the eggs before dying them at my house.  I have a four year old who would be trying to crack them all!


LenkArt on Mar 14, 2008:

Good idea. I knew that onion skin could be used to dye an eggs. Thanks for advise, will use it this year.


catmum on Mar 05, 2008:

I used to take leaves or flowers and hold them on the eggs using squares cut from pantyhose, or rubber bands.  This makes really pretty resist designs on the eggs.  There are websites for fiber dyeing that list other natural stuff that makes good colors on proteinate materials like egg shells.  Even just tying the pantyhose in a knot makes a cool design!


DIY Maven on Mar 04, 2008:

Great job!


bruno on Mar 04, 2008:

Wow, awesome job, Chris. Very cool video. I hope there are more to come.


@GoClick: Silicone Dioxide, Zinc Stearate, Red #3, etc. I think the point is on showing off a cool, all-natural way of dying eggs, not on slandering the egg-dye industry.


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