Coloring Easter Eggs.
A dish of colored eggs is a necessity on the Easter breakfast table and they are so little trouble to dye. You will need an old sauce pan, or even an empty tomato can, which can be thrown away after using. to make the eggs pink fill the saucepan with enough water to color the eggs and add enough cochineal to color it with a strainer.
Then add more cochineal, to color the remainder a deep red or flaming scarlet, according to amount of color used. Powdered logwood used in purple, from a pale lavender to deep pansy purple and black, by adding more of the logwood.
Old coffee boiled up strong will give all shades of brown. Red and yellow onions peelings will give all shades of brown. After the purple eggs are all colored add a little vinegar to the dye and you will get a beautiful shade of crimson: a lump or two of sulphate of iron added to it will give a brilliant blue. Spinach water will color green.
Leave a few of them white after they are boiled hard brush them over with gue and sprinkle thickly with “flicker” or gold dust. When the eggs are all finished rub them with sweet oil until they take on a fine gloss. – Ex.
Source: The Daily Argus news – 1896