Why spend money on an Easter Egg dye kit when you most likely have several natural dyes in your home right now. Using berries, vegetables, and even spices, you can create just about any color Easter Egg dye you want, ranging from spring-like pastels to deep hues. Best of all, once finished you can toss all your leftover dye in the compost pile! Check out these natural dyes for Easter eggs and get ready to make gorgeous, fun-colored eggs that are perfect for your Easter Egg Hunt!
Keep in mind that when you use natural dyes for Easter Eggs, it will take longer than using a dye kit. Depending on the material used to create the dye, it can take anywhere from several hours to overnight. So be sure to plan ahead and leave some extra time to get the results you want.
Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs
Fruits and Vegetables
Yellow onion skins = yellow to dark orange
Red onion skins = lavender or red eggs
Red beets = pink on white eggs, maroon on brown eggs
Purple cabbage = blue on white eggs, green on brown eggs
Spinach = green
Raspberries or blackberries = pink to purple
Yellow or green apple peels = yellow-green
Cherries and strawberries = deep red
Blueberries = Blue
Carrots = Yellow/orange
*Use 1 cup of fruit or veggies to 1 cup of water
Turmeric or cumin = pale yellow eggs
Chili powder = light orange eggs
*Use 2 tablespoons per cup of water
Liquids like tea or juice:
Purple grape juice (use as is) = Lavender
Coffee (use as is) = Tan to brown
Cranberry Juice (use as is) = pink
How To Use Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs
Ingredients/Supplies for Making Natural Easter Egg Dye
- Natural dye materials (shredded beets, turmeric, etc)
- Filtered water ( I usually use 1 cup of water per 1 cup of fruits/veggies; 2 tbsp of spice per cup of water; 1 bag of tea per cup of water)
- 1 tablespoon vinegar per dye color
- pots for simmering ingredients and boiling eggs
- mesh strainer
- small bowls or mason jars
- coconut or olive oil (this is optional – it will add luster to eggs after dying)
Directions for Making Natural Easter Egg Dye:
- Begin by bringing the dye matter and water to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. The eggs will be several shades lighter than the dye so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues. Check by dipping the corner of a white rag into the dye to get a general idea of depth of color.
- Next, remove the liquid from heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Now pour the dye through a mesh strainer into bowls and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.
Directions for the Eggs
- Begin by adding the eggs to a medium pot filled with cold water. There should be enough water to completely cover the eggs.
- Bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and cover the pot.
- After 10 minutes, place eggs in a bowl of cold water and let them sit until they’re cool to the touch.
- Next, drain the bowl, and add some warm, soapy water (I prefer to use castille soap).
- Gently rub eggs with a washcloth or your thumb to remove any dirt or oils that will prohibit the natural dyes from adhering to the egg shell.
- Gently lower the eggs into the dye then place them in the fridge. Soak until your desired color is reached.
- When the eggs are ready scoop them out with a spoon and place on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
Add the Finishing Touches
Although solid-colored eggs are beautiful on their own, add a bit of glam with the following ideas:
- Cut hearts, flowers, circles, stars, and other designs out of colored tissue paper. While the colored egg is still damp, lay the tissue paper design on top of it. The juice residue will work like glue to keep the design on the egg.
- Add intricate designs using metallic paint pens
- Add some sparkle and shine by sprinkling a little bit of glitter over your eggs.
- Add some stickers for an easy, yet fun decoration.