How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

how to dye easter egs

Why make your own egg dyes? Well, since eggs are an edible decoration, I would always prefer to feed my family actual edible food items instead of chemicals. Plus, it’s just fun to make up natural dyes and create unique combinations!

Update: Check out my segment on Fox Rochester where I give in-depth instructions and you can see exactly how my eggs turned out!

how to dye eggs

I practiced using natural dyes on my Easter eggs last year too, but I think the process went much better this year. The process is actually quite important, and there are a few things I added to my repertoire this year that helped.

First, you’ll need to gather the raw materials to make the dyes. Here are my favorite fruits, vegetables and spices to use, as well as what color they’ll produce (each quantity is per 1 cup of water). Or, just feel free to pin the chart above.

Raspberry Zinger Tea (3 bags) – Red

Red Cabbage (1 cup) – Blue

Blueberries (1/2 cup) – Purplish blue

Turmeric (3 tbsp) – Dark Yellow

Coffee (2 tbsp ground) – Brown

Yellow Onion (skin of 3 onions) – Orange

Beets – Reddish brown

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

1. Add the raw material (blueberries,turmeric, whatever) to a pot with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Once it’s at a rolling boil, reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.

2. Strain any solids out and pour the liquid into a glass jar, leaving room for eggs.  Add 1-2 tsp of white vinegar.

3. Place the egg(s) carefully into each glass container. Then put the whole thing into the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes.

4. When the eggs are finished, take them off, dry them, and massage some cooking oil into the shell to make it shine.

It’s important to add the vinegar to the dye to help it “stick” better. Also, placing the eggs and dye in the refrigerator also helps create more vibrant colors.

Have you tried doing your own Easter Egg Dye? I’d love to hear what you used!

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  1. What a great idea. We don’t usually die eggs, but this is definitely the way to go.

  2. Great idea! I never thought of doing it the old fashion way!! What a great thing to teach kids!!

  3. Great tips, I visited a llama farm in Washington and they use those same very things to dye wool they spin into yarn! I love the natural option!

  4. What a wonderful idea! I never thought of using beets to die my eggs . This sounds like the prefect science lesson with the kids!

  5. This is such a cool idea! I’d love to get my son to try this sometime. It would be fun.

  6. Have you eaten the eggs afterwards? Do the natural dye flavors effect the eggs flavor?

    • I don’t think so Cheryl. Even with the turmeric-dyed eggs, I don’t notice it (and turmeric is a pretty strong flavor!)


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