How To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

How To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

It’s almost Easter! This year I wanted to try something a little different and dye our Easter eggs naturally with food and ingredients we already had in our house. Not only is it much safer than conventional egg dyeing kits sold in stores (yeah you know the ones I’m talking about!), but I really love the rustic look of how the colors turn out!

Heads up mamas! I did have to leave the eggs in the dyes overnight to achieve more vivid colors. This process is slower than the egg dying that most people are accustomed to. I just wanted to add that in the beginning of this post just in case you have eager little ones (like me) who can’t wait to see how their eggs turned out. We did ours in the evening and by the next morning my kids were so excited to pull the eggs out and see the final product.

We used five different colors and I must admit, I was surprised by how some of them turned out!

First I hard-boiled all of my eggs. While I normally use brown eggs to cook with, I picked up some white eggs for this project. You can still dye brown eggs, they just will alter the colors a little. After the eggs were cooked and cooled I started making the dyes. I’ll go through each color, what I used, and how I made the dyeing solution.

 


 

Yellow – Turmeric

Ingredients:

  • 32 ounces water
  • 4 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower heat, then simmer for about 15-20 mins.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly (It’s ok if liquid is still hot when you pour over eggs, but be careful if your kids are helping!)
  4. Place desired number of eggs in a bowl (or container of your choice) and pour liquid over eggs. Make sure all of the eggs are completely covered in liquid.
  5. Let sit 30 minutes to overnight, depending on how vivid you like the color.

 

Orange – Onion Skins

Ingredients:

  • 32 ounces water
  • skins from 3-4 medium/large yellow onions
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower heat, then simmer for about 15-20 mins.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  4. Strain onion skins from liquid. (It’s ok if liquid is still hot when you pour over eggs, but be careful if your kids are helping!)
  5. Place desired number of eggs in a bowl (or container of your choice) and pour liquid over eggs. Make sure all of the eggs are completely covered in liquid.
  6. Let sit 30 minutes to overnight, depending on how vivid you like the color.

I was very surprised by how well the onion skins worked to dye the eggs! The color was so bright!


 

Green/Brown – Spinach & Turmeric

Ingredients:

  • 32 ounces water
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower heat, then simmer for about 15-20 mins. (I mashed the spinach leaves a few times while they were simmering in the pan.)
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  4. Strain spinach leaves from liquid (It’s ok if liquid is still hot when you pour over eggs, but be careful if your kids are helping!)
  5. Place desired number of eggs in a bowl (or container of your choice) and pour liquid over eggs. Make sure all of the eggs are completely covered in liquid.
  6. Let sit 30 minutes to overnight, depending on how vivid you like the color.

The color ended up being a mixture between yellow, brown, and olive green.


 

Purple/Grey – Beets

Ingredients:

  • 32 ounces water
  • 2-3 beets peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower heat, then simmer for about 15-20 mins.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  4. Strain beets from liquid. (It’s ok if liquid is still hot when you pour over eggs, but be careful if your kids are helping!)
  5. Place desired number of eggs in a bowl (or container of your choice) and pour liquid over eggs. Make sure all of the eggs are completely covered in liquid.
  6. Let sit 30 minutes to overnight, depending on how vivid you like the color.

I was going for a pink or red with this one but it surprisingly turned out a dark grey with a hint of purple. I still loved the look!


 

Blue – Red Cabbage

Ingredients:

  • 32 ounces water
  • 1/2 head red cabbage (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Lower heat, then simmer for about 15-20 mins.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  4. Strain cabbage from liquid. (It’s ok if liquid is still hot when you pour over eggs, but be careful if your kids are helping!)
  5. Place desired number of eggs in a bowl (or container of your choice) and pour liquid over eggs. Make sure all of the eggs are completely covered in liquid.
  6. Let sit 30 minutes to overnight, depending on how vivid you like the color.

These eggs were my absolute favorite! I was shocked at how beautiful the color came through!

 

 

Try these out with your family! It’s a lot of fun playing with unusual ingredients to make beautiful and safe Easter eggs. Let me know in the comments how yours turn out and if you discover any other fun ways to dye eggs with food! Until next time, thanks for stopping by!

 

 


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