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Non-Toxic Easter Craft Alternative

Updated: Apr 12, 2019

Introductions are probably in order so here it goes: Hi! My name is Justin. I've recently joined the Coral Team so hopefully you like me (and I'll stick around). It's my job to coordinate content and manage its distribution, which is just fancy talk for "I reply to your tweets and comments".

So now that we've covered introductions, you should also know something else about me. I. Love. Easter. Not going to lie, it's 100% biased because my birthday is in April, but spring in general is just a whole lot of lovely. Sign me up.

One day Dani walks into the office with a magazine article that's talking about how awful dyes are. Full disclosure - I didn't read it - but my guess is it was focusing on food waste and the environmental impact. With Easter right around the corner, Dani and I decided to dip-dye some eggs, but challenged ourselves to do so using only natural dyes.

With Google as our best friend, we made a small list, gathered all our materials, and got ready to shoot!

Here's what we used:

  • 1 carton of eggs

  • ⅓ of a cabbage

  • 2 tsp of tumeric

  • 4 avocado peels and pits

  • 1 cup of blueberries

  • 1 cup of spinach

  • Metal Drying rack.

If you haven't already seen the video (I'll embed it at the bottom of this post) - spoiler alert; THE AVOCADO TURNS PINK. While it was probably the least successful dye, it's still counter intuitive enough to turn heads.

(Shout out to our awesome Director of Photography - Janelle Carpenter - for filming the entire project!)

In terms of how to actually do this project, it's incredibly simple. All you do is throw each natural ingredient into its own pot of boiling water and wait for the colours to emerge! At the same time you're going to want to make some hard boiled eggs (and if you need help with that, our good pal The Domestic Geek has you covered) and then you just dip the eggs into the colours!

WARNING: They're still dyes - so grab some gloves and if you're working with children lay down some drop sheets, because those beautiful hardwood counter tops WILL STAIN.

We had so much fun making these and hope that you will too! If we left out some other natural dyes feel free to leave other suggestions in the comment section below for the rest of the community!

And last but not least - Happy Easter! Enjoy the time with your loved ones.