Easter Egg Coloring – My Experiment using Natural Dyes

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

 Update: See this printable chart of natural easter egg dyes and my step-by-step video tutorial on how to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally.

To be honest, I’ve never been into the crafty aspect of many holidays. The food? Absolutely. But when it comes to anything remotely artsy, I usually drop the ball.  This year, I thought, I’d finally experiment with some natural Easter Egg Dyes.  My kids have both been sick for weeks, and they (and I!) needed a little pick me up. So we spent a morning seeing what colors we could make our eggs  with what natural ingredients we had on hand.

First, you need some hard-boiled eggs. I like to use my favorite hardboiled egg technique here.

Next, mix up some coloring. We used:

  • Beet Juice (2 cups) + 2 tbsp vinegar
  • Curry Powder (1 tsp) + 2 cups water + 2 tsp vinegar
  • Turmeric (1 1/2 tsp) + 2 cups water + 2 tsp vinegar
  • Red Onion Skin, boiled in water, + splash vinegar

Natural Egg Dye

It’s really easy to use natural ingredients.  We soaked our eggs for about 30 minutes in each mixture then laid them on a towel to dry. The turmeric definitely gave the most vibrant results.

Natural Easter Eggs

Overall, I think our results were good, not great. I wish I had tried blueberries to get a stronger purple or blue color. I’m lucky though, that my kids are young enough that they didn’t mind the lack of variety in colors we created. In fact, my son kept opening the refrigerator door “just to check” on his eggs.

Natural Dyed Easter Egg

What kind of natural dyes do you want to try with your eggs?

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  1. Pretty! In my experience turmeric and blueberry are the most saturated colors. And the spices may affect the taste — which makes for great egg salad!

    • Mason had the turmeric egg today and he didn’t report any odd flavors. He loved it. :)


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