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Natural Way to Dye Easter Eggs

The dye for these Easter eggs is totally natural! Get cookbook author and stylist Libbie Summers' secret ingredient while you learn how to make a pretty gingham pattern on your eggs.

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I love Gingham, and I love Easter eggs. This magic Gingham Easter egg only has one thing you'll need to do all the dyeing technique, and that's a pickled beet. Next time you eat pickled beet, save the juice. Take one egg. It could be hardboiled or not. And we're going to use electrical tape. We've tried so many different tapes at Better Homes and Gardens. But electrical tape is the tape to use. Take electrical tape, and we're going to make a little bit of a checkerboard pattern on our egg-- which is little squares that we've cut out of the electrical tape. And we place it on the egg in a checkerboard pattern. I like to dye-- do this kind of magic dyeing of Easter eggs with a raw egg because the shell is harder. And we're putting, you know, kinda pressing our-- all of our tape into this egg. It's nice that we have a little bit sturdier surface to work with. Just use a little spoon, a little knife, anything. And you wanna burnish the edge. And when I say burnish, all I mean is a fancy word for just pushing that down and making sure the tape is secured on all sides. This first little row of electrical tape, these squares, that's gonna give us the white part of the egg. We're gonna put this in our pickled beet juice. And I'm telling you, this takes like just that amount of time because the first layer, all we want is a really faint, subtle color. Put on a little paper towel, wipe it off. You can barely even tell that you have dye on there, but trust me, you do. What we're doing now is covering the squares going down and across. So, we're really covering up that little quick dip that we just did. All right. So, we're all taped up with our second layer. We're gonna put our egg back into our pickled beet juice, and it's gonna set there. This is what's gonna give you that really intense color of your Gingham. So, it's gonna stay a little bit longer in your pickled beet juice. It's been about ten minutes since we put it in to the final dip of the dye. Put it out on our paper towel, and dry it off. It's adorable. And there you go. Ready for your Easter egg hunt or your Easter dinner table.