A naturally beautiful rainbow of colors

For the second year in a row, I made our Easter egg dyes out of foods and spices. This year’s dyes were made from the following ingredients:

Pink – canned beets
Orange – chili powder
Yellow – tumeric
Green – spinach with tumeric and purple cabbage mixed in
Blue – purple cabbage

I have to say I’m quite pleased with how they turned out. :) Yes, it was another year of mommy having more fun dyeing the eggs than the kids. But the kids had a great time finding the eggs (over and over again) in our Easter egg hunt, so it all evened out. ;)

Here’s my best shot for this week – a rainbow of eggs:
2009's batch of naturally-dyed Easter eggs

Want to know how I did it? Check out my tutorial on dyeing Easter eggs naturally.

I’m also fond of this picture, which isn’t my usual style, but I liked the motion blur of the kids off to find more Easter eggs while daddy paused to recall exactly where he hid them all. This so perfectly represents life in our home on most days.

The kids look for more eggs, while daddy ponders where he hid them all.

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17 thoughts on “A naturally beautiful rainbow of colors

  1. Your turmeric yellow eggs turned out much brighter than mine did :( I tried that and cochineal this year, it only takes a wee bit and you get this really stunning and bright purple!

  2. Those are great.

    We tie dyed some at our house, with silk ties that were my dads. Really fun. Pictures on my blog.

    I love the blue! Who knew?

    And that last picture? That could be at just about every house on Sunday morning. We only had one that took us all searching to find cause Dad couldn’t remember! Great shot.

  3. Ooooh, I love the yellow!

    You have inspired me so I tried the purple cabbage this year. I also melted some candle wax and put it on the eggs before I inserted them in the colorful bath. The eggs don’t look as “polished” as I wanted them to be but there’s always next year :)

    pictures of the result:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/16496288@N03/3438542218/

  4. Using the blue and yellow dyes to make green is inspired! It seems like green is a hard colour to replicate with just one ingredient. I ended up going with artificial colour for that one. But thanks to you, I now have a much better idea for next year. :)

  5. I have to admit I’d never thought of dyeing easter eggs like that. What a neat idea. The colors sure turned out nice in the picture. And yes, I too can relate to having more fun coloring the eggs then the rest of my kids. ;)

  6. I like both of these pictures. I didn’t know you could even dye eggs with spices. I love the way they turned out.
    I also love the picture of your family. The energy in it is amazing. It tells the story.

  7. I love those types of pictures! I’m always trying so hard to get things perfectly in focus that sometimes I forget the best images are the ones that show children as they really are: a blur of motion, activity, happiness, and life.

  8. My mom during the dust bowl and she was one of 12 kids.
    That is how they died their eggs.

    My boys are grown and we don’t do the eggs but I miss that part.

    Coffee is on.

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