You may be asking yourself -- wait, why would I want to use anything but food coloring to dye my eggs this Easter (or whatever non-denominational, spring-based, egg-dying holiday you are planning to celebrate)? Food coloring is safe, easy, and allows you to craft nearly any variance of color and design on your egg-canvasses, right?
Well, you're not wrong. But think of it this way: what's more rewarding, building a table from scratch, with your bare hands, or schlepping down to your local Swedish-owned furniture mega-store, and picking out a premade option with an alarming number of vowels in the name? Dying your eggs without the aid of store-bought food coloring is obviously much simpler than building furniture from scratch -- but you should still feel that same tingle of self-assurance when you can get some technicolor dream eggs with nothing but beets, onion skins, and elbow grease.
Think of this as DIY holiday fun, on a reasonable scale. And save your food coloring for green beer… even if it might be out of season.