How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Dyeing Easter eggs naturally is really easy and so much fun! 😀

Each Easter we dye Easter eggs with natural dyes. Over the years we’ve tried different vegetable dye materials: vegetables, herbs, teas etc. Onion skins and red cabbage produced the most vibrant colors. But this Easter I also wanted naturally dyed green, pink and yellow Easter eggs! 😀

How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

 

Difference Between Hot Method And Cold Method

Easter eggs can be dyed using the hot method or cold method.

Hot method: The eggs are cooked in the dye bath for 10 minutes. Then the eggs are removed from the dye.

Cold Method: Boiled eggs are soaked in the (cold) dye solution for some minutes or overnight.

 

Natural Easter Egg Dyes DIY Tutorial Recipe

 

How To Prepare Eggs For Dyeing

Wash the eggs with warm water and soap. For the cold method: Bring eggs to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.

 

Natural Easter Egg Dyes DIY Tutorial Recipe

 

Light Blue

While it’s difficult to dye fabric blue with natural dyes, dyeing Easter eggs blue is very easy.

Red cabbage, cold method, white eggs:

  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

Bring red cabbage and water to a boil and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Strain out the red cabbage – use it for another recipe – add vinegar and boiled eggs. Let the eggs soak for about 5 hours in the dye.

 

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally Blue Red Cabbage Purple Cranberry Juice
Red cabbage dye must be made fresh, because red cabbage dye dramatically changes its color when exposed to air

 

Blue

Red cabbage, hot method, white eggs:

  • about half a head of red cabbage, chopped
  • enough water to cover the eggs
  • 1-2 tbsp vinegar

Bring red cabbage and water to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain out the red cabbage – use it for another recipe – add vinegar and eggs and cook for another 10 minutes. Let the eggs soak overnight in the dye.

-> Tutorial: How To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs Blue With Red Cabbage

 

Red Cabbage Natural Blue Easter Egg Dye
Red cabbage, hot method, white eggs

 

Dark Blue

Easter eggs dyed with blueberry juice are purple at first, blue the next day, and turn brown after about two days.

Blueberry juice, cold method, white eggs:

  • 1 cup blueberry juice
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

Let the eggs soak for about 1.5 – 2 hours in the dye solution.

 

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally Blue Purple Blueberry Juice

 

Red cabbage, hot method, brown eggs:

  • about half a head of red cabbage, chopped
  • enough water to cover the eggs
  • 1-2 tbsp vinegar

Bring red cabbage and water to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain out the red cabbage – use it for another recipe – add vinegar and eggs and cook for another 10 minutes. Let the eggs soak overnight in the dye.

 

Hibiscus tea, cold methot, brown or white eggs:

  • 1/2 cup of hibiscus tea
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

Pour boiling water over the tea, steep for 15 minutes. Strain out the tea and add vinegar. Let white eggs soak for 15 minutes for blue eggs, let brown or white eggs soak for 2.5 hours for dark blue eggs.

 

Natural Blue Easter Egg Dyes Hibiscus Tea Red Cabbage

 

Spring Green

Green is very difficult to dye naturally. I tried to dye Easter eggs green with spinach, stinging nettle, grass … – but all didn’t work. This Easter I thought why not overdye yellow eggs with blue – and it worked! Yay! 😀

Turmeric + red cabbage, cold method, white eggs:

Dye eggs yellow in yellow turmeric dye below. When the eggs are dry, let the eggs soak in the blue red cabbage dye for about 2 hours.

 

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally Green Turmeric + Red Cabbage Blue Red Cabbage

 

Grey Green:

Red cabbage, cold method, brown eggs:

  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

Bring red cabbage and water to a boil and simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Strain out the red cabbage – use it for another recipe – add vinegar and boiled eggs. Let the eggs soak for about 5 hours in the dye.

 

Olive Green:

Turmeric + red cabbage, cold method, brown eggs:

Dye eggs yellow in yellow turmeric dye below. When the eggs are dry, let the eggs soak in the blue red cabbage dye for about 2 hours.

 

How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

 

Yellow

Turmeric, cold method, white eggs:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

Let the eggs soak overnight.

 

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally Yellow Turmeric Orange Onion Skins

 

Orange

Onion skins, hot method, white eggs:

  • 1/2 cup red or brown onion skins
  • enough water to cover the eggs

Bring water and onion skins to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes. Add the eggs and cook for another 10 minutes.

-> Tutorial: How To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs Orange Brown With Onion Skins

 

Turmeric, cold method, brown eggs:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

Let the eggs soak overnight.

 

Onion Skins Red Natural Easter Egg Dye
Onion skins, hot method & soaked overnight, brown eggs

 

Red

Onion skins, hot method, brown eggs:

  • 1/2 cup red or brown onion skins
  • enough water to cover the eggs

Bring water and onion skins to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes. Add the eggs and cook for another 10 minutes. Optional: For a deeper color, let the eggs soak overnight in the dye.

 

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally Pink Beetroot
Raw beetroot, cold method, white eggs

 

Pink

I’ve seen beautiful pink Easter eggs naturally dyed with beetroot on the internet. So I tried to dye eggs with boiled beetroot, raw beetroot, with and without vinegar or salt – but all was just brown or brownish pink. I also tried to overdye brownish pink beetroot dyed eggs and red onion skin dyed eggs with natural blue and purple dyes but nothing dyed the egg pink. I think the egg shell is too alkaline: so it’s easy to dye Easter eggs blue, but it’s not possible to naturally dye Easter eggs a true red or pink. Below you’ll find the beetroot dye which produced the best color.

Beetroot, cold method, brown or white eggs:

  • 1 grated beetroot
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp vinegar

Strain the raw beetroot through a sieve, add water, vinegar and eggs. Allow eggs to soak overnight.

 

How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

 

Purple

Grape juice + baking powder makes sparkling Easter eggs – they look like glittering jewels! 😀

Grape juice, cold method, white eggs:

  • 1 cup red grape juice
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

Let the eggs soak overnight.

 

Dye Easter Eggs Naturally Purple Grape Juice

 

Dark Purple

Cranberry juice dyes eggs a dark purple, but the color rubs off and because cranberry juice is so acidic it eats away the shell!

Cranberry juice, cold method, white eggs:

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 tbsp vinegar

Let the eggs soak for some hours or overnight.

 

How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

 

The Best Natural Easter Eggs Dyes

So it’s possible to dye Easter eggs with natural dyes in all colors of the rainbow! 😀 My favorite colors are grape juice (cold method, white egg), red cabbage (hot & cold method, white & brown eggs), hibiscus tea (cold method, white & brown eggs), turmeric overdyed with red cabbage (cold method, white & brown eggs), turmeric (cold method, white & brown eggs) and onion skins (hot method, white & brown eggs).

 

DIY Natural Easter Egg Dyes

 

Naturally Dyed Speckled Easter Eggs

You can also make naturally dyed speckled robin eggs! 😀

-> Tutorial: How to make naturally dyed speckled Easter eggs

 

Naturally Dyed Blue Green Easter Eggs Speckled With Coffee

 

12 thoughts on “How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

  1. Oh wow and I just went and got some dye this morning. If I had seen this earlier I definitely would have tried it. Your eggs are so pretty and certainly much nicer than the other method. You know what I think I’m going to try your method and throw away all that artificial dye. Lina, I am pinning this to make for Easter!

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment! 😀 Isn’t it crazy that one can dye Easter eggs in all colors of the rainbow just with natural dyes? Happy dyeing!

  2. My girls and I did this one year and it was so fun! I love the colors that you came up with. Hope to find time to maybe do it again this year. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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