How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

*recipe and steps from www.mommypotamus.com

To Dye Easter Eggs Pink, You’ll Need

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups peeled, grated beets
  • 1-2 tablespoons white vinegar

See the “Three-Step Process for Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally” section below for specific instructions on how to make the dye, prepare the hard boiled eggs, and then color the eggs.

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To Dye Easter Eggs Orange, You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups yellow onion skins
  • Enough water to cover skins by 1 inch
  • 1-2 tablespoons white vinegar

Scroll down to the “Three-Step Process for Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally” section below for detailed instructions.

To Dye Easter Eggs Yellow, You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar creates

This recipe creates a vibrant yellow on white eggs and a deep gold on brown ones. The egg to the left of the one marked “turmeric” above is an example of what a brown egg looks like.

Other options: Strongly brewed chamomile tea creates a soft yellow.

See the “Three-Step Process for Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally” section below for step-by-step instructions.

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To Dye Easter Eggs Green or Blue, You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • Enough water to cover cabbage by 1 inch
  • 1-2 tablespoons vinegar

Brown eggs will turn green and white eggs will turn blue.

Other options: Strongly brewed hibiscus tea (with one tablespoon vinegar per cup) will create the dark green pictured in the photo at the top. Blueberries will create a slightly marbled blue color.

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes

My Three-Step Process for Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally

In this three-step process you’ll make all the dyes first, then boil and prepare the eggs, and finally dye the eggs.

You’ll need:

  • Natural dye materials (shredded beets, turmeric, etc)
  • Filtered water
  • 1-2 tablespoons vinegar per dye color
  • Pots for simmering ingredients and boiling eggs
  • Mesh strainer
  • Small bowls or mason jars
  • Eggs
  • Coconut or olive oil (optional – for adding luster to eggs)

STEP 1: MAKING NATURAL EASTER EGG DYE:

  1. Bring  the dye matter (cabbage, turmeric, etc.) and water to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues.
  2. Remove the egg dye from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  3. Pour the dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.
  4. Add hard boiled eggs to the dye and place it in fridge until the desired color is reached. I started mine in the early afternoon and let them infuse overnight.

STEP 2: DIRECTIONS FOR BOILING & COLORING THE EGGS:

  1. Add the eggs to a medium pot and cover them with cold water. Bring the water to a hard boil, then turn off the heat and cover the pot. After 10 minutes, place the eggs in a bowl of cold water and let them sit until they’re cool to the touch.
  2. Drain the bowl and replace with warm, soapy water  – I use non-toxic castile soap. Gently rub the eggs with a washcloth or your thumb to remove oils that prohibit the natural dyes from adhering effectively to the egg shell.

STEP 3: COLORING THE EGGS

  1. Lower the eggs into the dye and place them in the fridge. Soak until your desired color is reached. (We usually soak ours overnight.)
  2. When the eggs are ready scoop them out with a slotted spoon and place them on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
  3. Naturally-dyed eggs have a matte finish. If you’d like to add a little luster, rub with a drop or two of coconut or olive oil.

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