Homemade Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

Easter is so early this year, it has definitely snuck up on me. Luckily spring break started this week for my husband, so we’ve had some free time. Even though I don’t have kids yet, I enjoy having fun traditions with my husband. I like to dye eggs ahead of time, have an Easter egg hunt on the morning of, plus there’s Easter dinners over the weekend where we get to spend time with our families.

I enjoy dying or decorating eggs, and I have always wanted to try making natural dyes at home. This year I finally did it. Brad and I had fun experimenting with different ingredients and seeing what colours they produced – 12 different ones in total. Honestly, they didn’t turn out quite as vibrant as I had hoped, but I’m happy with them overall. Here is my method of natural dye for Easter eggs, and how you can make them too.

Homemade Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

Homemade Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

colour ingredients (listed below)
1/4 c vinegar
water

Depending on what dye ingredient you’re using, you may need to chop or shred larger items.
In a small pot over high heat add your dye ingredient, vinegar, and enough water to cover it.
Bring to a boil, then simmer with the lid on for 30-60 minutes.
Strain if necessary and pour into a small jar or bowl.

Dying the Eggs

Boil eggs as you usually would.
Gently place egg into the hot solution ensuring it’s covered.
Put into the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
(You may want to spin them around occasionally.)
Allow to dry and store in the fridge.

Homemade Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

Colours and Ingredients

1 – Paprika 7 – Carrot
2 – Rooibos Tea 8 – Spinach
3 – Red Onion Skins 9 – Turmeric Powder
4 – Orange Pekoe Tea 10 – Green Tea
5 – Coffee 11 – Blueberries (Short Soak)
6 – Juice from Strawberries 12 – Blueberries (Long Soak)

Have you made natural dye for Easter eggs? Do you have any tips for making the colours more vibrant?

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12 Comment

  1. Reply
    liz n.
    March 18, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Unless you add chemicals, most natural dyes will not give you bright, bright color…but you get such gorgeous colors anyway!

    Dried mustard or mustard seed and red onion skin together make a really nice orange. Strawberries and/or cranberries give you a really pretty pinkish-red, and cranberries or cherries and blueberries together make a very nice purple. Walnut shells give you kind of a tobacco-brown, but you’ve got to let them soak for a long time. Other good natural dye sources: black tea, iris, dandelion, fresh grass, acorns, roses, clover blossoms, cherries and cherry pits, avocado skin, pomegranate skin and seeds, zinnias, honeysuckle, trumpet vine, and bougainvillea blossoms, moss, wood ash (not bbq briquettes or fire starters; it has to be real wood ash), copper coins (like pre-1980), red clay soil (this one’s tricky, though), tree bark (especially black oak, pecan, and walnut trees), pink or red crape myrtle blossoms (the purple ones are disappointing). Basically, if it’s part of nature and has a leaf, fruit, or flowers, it can be made into dye.

    If your kids want to decorate the eggs with designs, they can draw on the shells with a candle or crayon before dropping the eggs into the dye and then remove the wax after the eggs have cooled enough to handle (just wipe off with paper towel or clean rag). It’s kind of a cheater’s way of doing Pysanky eggs!

    1. Reply
      liz n.
      March 18, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Duh, pantry staples: dried kidney beans, bay leaf, paprika, cilantro, ketchup, tomato juice, grape juice, Jell-o powder, peppercorns, cumin seed, black sesame seed

      Mushrooms give you all kinds of colors, from taupe to pink to purple to browns. Nettles and thistles are good natural dyes, but then you’ve got the ouchy bristles to deal with…Spinach, red cabbage, and pumpkin skin are good but smell absolutely awful when boiling!

      1. Reply
        liz n.
        March 18, 2016 at 8:39 am

        Last comment, I promise: if you dye with berries, don’t use only the juice. Use the whole berry. You’ll get much better color. You can also alter the color by adding fresh lemon juice.

        That really is it. I promise.

        1. Reply
          Grace
          March 18, 2016 at 11:12 am

          Aw, all the comments were wonderful, I don’t mind one bit. Wow, what a wealth of knowledge regarding natural dyes you have. Thank you! I guess it makes sense that anything with colour will produce some colour. I’m excited to try out some more of these next year. The mushrooms sound really intriguing. I would love to get some pink or purple tones.

  2. Reply
    Kim Cunningham
    March 24, 2016 at 10:19 am

    These look like jewels! You did a lovely job.

    1. Reply
      Grace
      March 24, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  3. Reply
    Jesh StG
    March 24, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Interesting -never thought of some of the food listed here as dyes, but could have know it, realizing how hard some of the stains are to get out of clothes:) Hope the eggs taste good:) Happy Easter to you and your hubs!

    1. Reply
      Grace
      March 25, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Haha, good point about the stains! Yes, I was surprised as well by all the different foods that could be used. Thanks! Happy Easter to you as well. 🙂

  4. Reply
    Lisa @ LTTL
    March 25, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I have wanted to try this for a long time now. I’m not prepared this year, so maybe next… but I am glad for Liz’s comments as well. She is a plethora of information.

    Love this post!

    Lisa @ LTTL (www.lisakerner-slp.com)

    1. Reply
      Grace
      March 25, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Awesome! Yes, I was so impressed by all of Liz’s information. I can’t wait to try it again next year – should be even better.

  5. Reply
    Angelina @ Peonies & Orange Blossoms
    March 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    These are great! Have you tried using beets for dye too? Happy Easter and thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

    1. Reply
      Grace
      March 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Beets would be great I’m sure! I didn’t have any in the house this time, but next year I want to try them out.

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