This year we are really getting creative with Easter egg dyeing at my house! We decided a fun Easter activity would be to naturally dye eggs. Since I have seen my fair share of blueberry stained faces and clothing over the years, I decided that they would be the perfect fruit to start with. Dyeing Easter Eggs With Blueberries will transform your eggs from boring white to beautiful hues of blue and purple.
With just a few simple steps and materials you can create a natural blueberry dye to use on your Easter eggs.
How To Dye Easter Eggs With Blueberries:
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup of vinegar
- Paper towel lined tray
- Medium sized saucepan
- Cups or containers for vinegar and blueberry juice
- White eggs (hard boil the eggs ahead of time)
Making blueberry dyed Easter Eggs is really a two step process. The first part is actually making the blueberry natural Easter Egg dye, and the second is making the blueberry dyed eggs.
How Do You Make Blueberry Dye For Eggs?
Mix the blueberries and water together in the saucepan.
Put the saucepan onto the stove top and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it is boiling, remove the pan from the stove top and allow it plenty of time to cool off.
Once the blueberries have completely cooled off it is time to strain them.
Strain the blueberries through the colander (or strain through a fine mesh strainer) and have the liquid drain into the pitcher.
Discard the skin of the blueberries that is left in the colander.
Pour the blueberry liquid into a cup (or a few cups). You will want the cups to be large enough to hold not only the liquid, but also an egg without overflowing.
Now it’s time to learn how to dye eggs with blueberry dye!
Dyeing Your Easter Eggs With The Blueberry Dye:
Once you make your blueberry Easter egg dye, its time to actually dye your eggs!
Put a few tablespoons of white vinegar into a cup. You will want enough tablespoons of vinegar to cover your egg when it is placed into the cup.
Dip one egg into the vinegar for a few seconds, then place it into the cup with the blueberry dye.
After letting the egg sit in the dye for a few minutes, take the egg out of the dye and set it onto the paper towel lined tray.
Roll the egg around on the paper towels to remove any excess liquid. Try not to rub the egg with the paper towels because this may cause the color to be removed or smear.
You will want to periodically move your egg as it is drying so that you don’t get one spot with a lighter stain or paper towel print. You can also try propping the eggs up against a tray for an even dry.
Repeat until all of your eggs are dyed and ready for the Easter Bunny!
More Fun Easter Egg Ideas For Preschoolers:
- Decorate plastic eggs with your smaller children. This is a great activity for fine motor skills! Use markers, stickers, foam letters, and glitter pens.
- Use your blueberry dye to paint fun patterns on card stock shaped eggs. This can make an adorable Easter card!
- Try to create more natural dye from other fruits or vegetables that are known to have colorful stains.
- Practice counting and number recognition with these fun egg puzzles.