The boys and I dyed Easter eggs today and I think they turned out so nicely. We did this method using little bits of plants growing in the backyard. I wanted to try my hand at making natural dyes this year but never got around to gathering the supplies I needed. Instead I faked it by mixing my own dyes with food coloring and vinegar in more muted tones. I got these pretty colors by toning down the bright artificial colors by adding a little bit of the color's opposite; the red has a little green in it, the blue has a little orange in it etc. We also rubbed a tiny bit of vegetable oil on the eggs once they were dry to give them a little bit of shine and bring out the depth of the colors.