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How to make natural Easter egg dye

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I’ve attempted to make natural Easter egg dye for a few years now. I’ve tested and tested again – playing with color combos and dipping eggs multiple times. This year I’m finally happy enough with a few of these recipes to share them with you!

 

Natural Easter egg dye has been a trend for a couple years and it is becoming more prevalent as people search for more natural solutions in their everyday lives. For me personally, using natural Easter egg dye has been about three things:

 

  1. I want to do things more naturally for my kids.
  2. Making things safer for the planet
  3. Ensuring that any from-scratch cooking that I do contains real, wholesome ingredients.

 

Creating natural Easter egg dyes can be about all of those things. Since my kids stick their fingers in the dye (and then stick their fingers in their nose, eyes, ears, etc.), I dump them down my drain into my septic tank and I cook with these eggs after we’re done.

How to make natural Easter egg dye

Things I love about natural Easter egg dye

One of the most beautiful things about using natural Easter egg dye is that there are limitless color combinations. It can be fun to try them year after year and see what new ones you can create. This year we created green by combining two colors. We also created black on accident. They’re what I like to call “Emo eggs” and I still think there’s something beautiful about them.

 

One of the most fun things about Natural Easter egg dye is that no two eggs will look the same. Even if you dip them in the exact same solution and let them sit for the same amount of time, you will probably still get different results.How to make natural Easter egg dye

 

Things I don’t love…

One of the most frustrating things about natural Easter egg is that the results can be inconsistent, and it can be difficult to get beautiful, solid color. You need about 1 – 1.5 tsp. of vinegar per half a cup of water to get consistent color – something I’ve found most blogs and instructions for creating natural Easter egg dye will not tell you. That said, you might still get some inconsistent results.

How to make natural Easter egg dye

 

Patience makes the best colors

Through it all though, this has been a fun experiment for the kids and I. They surprised me because they had some stellar patience through this process. Unlike the boxed Easter egg sets, Natural Easter egg dye needs to sit a bit longer to give you really bright eggs.

 

The longer you leave them in, the brighter the color. If you leave them in 5 minutes, you will have light pastel eggs, which might be perfect if you want them that way.

Tips for making and using natural Easter egg dye

  • Please, PLEASE use a heat safe container for your water and ingredient boil. I love using Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jars because the eggs fit into them nicely. In fact, you can fit more than one egg inside them at a time and you can use a regular spoon to lower and lift the eggs.
  • Again, the longer you leave the eggs in, the better the color will be. To get the really dark colors I like to leave them in overnight.
  • You should make the dyes one day and then dye the eggs the next day. I recommend this because it can feel like a lot of work to make the dye and boil the eggs if you don’t have a lot of pots going at once.
  • Another bonus to using Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jars is that you can store the dye in these containers in the refrigerator. You can actually keep these for weeks in these containers and use them to dye fabric too.
  • That said, once you add the vinegar, these mixtures WILL DYE all the things! I got some on my kitchen cabinets and spent 30 minutes trying to clean it off. Use something to cover your work surface like cardboard from a box. You want something the dye won’t soak through.
  • We used both white and brown eggs. I think the brown eggs actually work the best for this and look the prettiest at the end. They tend to turn deeper colors than the white eggs.

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Our favorite natural Easter egg dye recipes

Blueberries – Makes blue

  • 3 cups of water
  • ½ pint of blueberries (fresh)
  • 2 Tbsp of vinegar – If you use all 3 cups of water. You want to use 1 tsp. per half cup of water.

How to make natural Easter egg dye

 

Beets – Makes rose or pink

  • 3 cups of water
  • 4-5 small beets or 2 large beets
  • 2 Tbsp of vinegar – If you use all 3 cups of water. You want to use 1 tsp. per half cup of water.

How to make natural Easter egg dye

 

Turmeric – Makes yellow

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1.5 Tbsp. Turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp of vinegar – If you use all 3 cups of water. You want to use 1 tsp. per half cup of water.

How to make natural Easter egg dye

 

Onion Skins – Makes orange

  • 3 cups of water
  • Skins from two yellow or Spanish onions
  • 2 Tbsp of vinegar – If you use all 3 cups of water. You want to use 1 tsp. per half cup of water.

How to make natural Easter egg dye

 

Cabbage – Makes a light blue color

  • 3 cups of water
  • ½ red/purple cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp of vinegar – If you use all 3 cups of water. You want to use 1 tsp. per half cup of water.

How to make natural Easter egg dye

 

Combo color – Makes green. If you want to make this boil extra of the Blueberry and Turmeric

  • 1.5 cups of the blueberry boil
  • 1.5 cups of the turmeric color boil
  • 2 Tbsp of vinegar – If you use all 3 cups of water. You want to use 1 tsp. per half cup of water.

How to make natural Easter egg dye

 

Emo eggs – Black and brown*

  • 2 cups of grape juice or red wine
  • 4 tsp. of vinegar (or you could even leave it out)

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Steps for making natural Easter egg dye

  • Boil the water and the color ingredient in water for about 15 – 20 minutes.
    • * If you want to make the Emo eggs, you don’t need to boil the grape juice or wine. Just put it in a cup.
  • When time is up pour your mixture into a heat safe jar or bowl. I used these wide-mouth Ball canning jars.
  • Let it cool for about 20 minutes and add your vinegar.
  • Hard boil your eggs or steam them like I do in the video above.
  • Dip away and see what fun color combinations you can come up with!
  • You can leave them in for about 5 minutes for very light, pastel colors. If you leave them in an hour or more you will get deeper colors. We left some in a few hours and overnight for the boldest and most beautiful moody colors.

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I used Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jars for all the dyes. I bought them last year for pickling cucumbers and they are always helpful to have around. I’ve even made vintage farmhouse vases out of them that were just darling. You can find them {HERE}.

If you are interested in the tray I’m holding, it is from  a small shop here called The Counting House and they unfortunately don’t have a good website to order from. However, you can find some similar ones here.

The basket with the eggs that my daughter is holding is just from Michael’s!

The linens in the basket are napkins from William Sonoma and they’re on sale right now! I actually bought them last Easter for our Easter table.

Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you’ll come back and see everything we’re up to here at Sugar Maple Farmhouse. You can find more spring ideas here and you can find more recipes from scratch here.

How to make natural Easter egg dye

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28 Comments

  1. Amber Myers

    I might have to try this! I do have a kit all ready to go, but maybe we could also do this and compare! These are some pretty colors.

  2. Tasheena

    This is such a clever idea. Looking forward to making this with my kiddos.

  3. Pam Wattenbarger

    That’s a good idea. My mom used to make some natural dyes for Easter eggs too and we had trouble with the consistency of the colors.

  4. Lisa Joy Thompson

    I love these natural eggs. My kids are allergic to all kinds of synthetic dyes so we never dye eggs. We end up drawing on them or painting them. This is a great alternative.

  5. Sherry

    These turned out great! I prefer the look of the natural dye. I really like the light blue.

  6. Kita Bryant

    Those natural colors just look so much better. I would love to color them this way.

  7. adriana

    What a cool tip to use the mason jars now I know how to resolve for the different colors as I was planning to dye my eggs tomorrow. Thanks for the great tips!

  8. Catalina

    Oh my goodness! I love these eggs! Love these colors and how easy they are to make!

  9. Gervin Khan

    My kids are asking me to do this earlier for our Easter Egg Hunt and I think they will be happy if I am going to do this project with them, thank you for sharing your brilliant idea.

  10. These are very pretty. With easter a few days away, I dont think I’ll get the ingredients for this in time, but we are excited to dye eggs this year!

  11. Toni

    I love these!! They look really beautiful!

  12. Stesha

    Love, love the colors of the eggs. I have blueberries, beets, and vinegar in our pantry now. I’m definitely going to attempt to make some on Saturday.

  13. Cathy Mini

    What an awesome idea and it is really creative way to make it looks more natural. I will try it too.

  14. Lynndee

    Such pretty and colorful eggs! We used to do it back when my son was little and it was always fun.

  15. Shayla Marie

    These are so pretty! I use artificial eggs but this makes me want to try the real thing.

  16. These are GORGEOUS! I have never tried to create a natural dye for eggs, but this is inspiring!

  17. Sarah

    This is so great I didn’t think of creating my own natural dye.

  18. Krissy

    I love this! The colors are so pretty and perfect for spring and Easter. Definitely saving this one.

  19. Jamie H

    I love how pretty these turned out! I’m a huge fan of natural dyes, since chemical ones can be so harsh on our kids and ourselves. Thanks for the tips, and the honesty!

  20. Those eggs turned out so beautiful! I love that you used a natural dye for this. I totally want to try this tomorrow!

  21. Nadalie Bardo

    I just love the ones made from grapes. Those rusty gold and red eggs are stunning.

  22. Swathi

    These really beautiful and colorful. I like that you made with natural dye. I want to try it.

  23. Laura

    LOVE THIS POST!! I was actually considering trying out using beetroot juice to make red ones but I am hestitant to “waste” eggs while we are on lockdown!
    But I LOVE how these came out. Well done

  24. Christa

    These eggs are so beautiful! I love the idea of using natural dyes. I also think it would be fun to leave overnight so the kids can see the reveal the next morning.

  25. Deb B.

    I have never seen such beautifully dyed eggs. So pretty and photo-worthy!!! We are big fans of these warm tones too. And the presentation in that lovely basket is perfect 🙂 Happy Easter!

  26. Amy H

    I’ve been looking for a more natural way to make egg dye. We’re planning on doing our eggs tomorrow

  27. vidya

    simply gorgeous photos and thank you for the detailed instructions

  28. Aliya

    This is such a clever idea. I love this. The colors came out amazing. Thanks for sharing.


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