I’m always up for a fun, new craft — with or without my kids. That’s why I was excited to try a new technique for dyeing Easter eggs.
Numi Organic Tea sent me these instructions and some of their tea to try out tea-dyed eggs. I got the Golden Tonic Turmeric and the Matcha (although in the instructions below, there are a variety of other color possibilities listed).
- Eggs (hardboiled)
- 6 cups or glasses
- 1-2 teaspoons Numi Matcha (use more for a brighter green)
- 1 teabag Numi White Rose
- 1 teabag Numi Gunpowder Green
- 1 teabag Numi Rooibos
- 1 teabag Numi Breakfast Blend
- 1 teabag Numi Turmeric Golden Tonic
- Bring a big pot of water to boil and boil the eggs for 10 minutes. This works best if the eggs are room temperature and a few days old.
- Add one tea bag to each pot and let it steep for 30 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and add 1-2 teaspoons of vinegar to each one.
- Add one boiled egg to each cup.
- Leave the eggs overnight.
- Carefully remove and wipe with a towel.
- Decorate your house or serve them to eat! The taste of the egg inside is not altered by the tea.
I tried a few different variations (adding more tea bags or more matcha, letting the tea steep for less or more time than recommended) and I have to say the results are pretty. I would totally use these eggs in a centerpiece on my brunch table.
I was, however, a little surprised at the smell emulating from my egg cups. Let’s just put it this way — it was not a candle scent I would want to purchase. I also felt that the matcha was a bit messy, both before and after the dyeing process. When I pulled the eggs out, it seemed to stick to them. But thankfully, with a quick rinse, I was able to get most of it off.
It is also recommended that you let the eggs soak overnight in the tea. Not exactly instant gratification! So, while the end result is definitely pretty, I’ve gotta say, I would not try this with the kiddos (at least not mine —they are too impatient).
Do you dye eggs for Easter, or just chow down on Easter desserts? Do you go with a kit or are you game to try something new? —Jenn A.