Extracting natural Easter egg dyes from vegetables and making a dye bath is easier than you think. Not only are the colors beautiful and vibrant, but you’re not adding any artificial food coloring into the mix. And with the extra touches, your designs can be truly remarkable!

How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally?

Dye Easter Egg. Easter is known for its gorgeous pastel colors and spring vibes running throughout all the food, decor, and arrangements. From setting the breakfast table and little Easter bunny chocolates to the infamous egg hunt and pastel-dyed easter eggs. 

But, is there a way to dye your Easter eggs naturally, without using any artificial colorings? Yes, there is. And it’s simpler than you might think. 

Dyeing Easter Eggs With Onion Skins

Using onion skins and herbs creates gorgeous patterns on your eggs, making them look like a real painting. If you use red onion skins, your eggs will turn a beautiful dark red color, and if you use yellow onion skins, they’ll be closer to golden. And for your patterns, you’ll want to use any kind of herb or flower that will leave its imprint on your eggs. 

An important thing to remember before you start: soak the onion skins for a few hours or overnight in order to obtain that beautiful rich color.

How To

For this technique, you’ll need a pair of nylon stockings that you’ll cut into 5-inch squares. Grab the flower or herb and stick it on your egg with a drop of water, wrapping it with nylon, and tying at each end.  

Add the onion skins with 2 teaspoons of white vinegar into a big pot and cover with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes, and then add the hard-boiled eggs gently, one by one into the pot. Boil for additional 8-10 minutes and let cool off. Once completely cooled off, cut the nylon stockings with scissors and discard the herbs or flowers. You should be left with gorgeous red and golden eggs with unique patterns. 

Dyeing Easter Eggs With Cabbage

Ever thought that one of the natural Easter egg dyes is blue? Yeah, and the culprit is red cabbage (or purple cabbage). The procedure is so simple, I’m not blaming you if you go right ahead and try it out just to make yourself certain you’ll get the color blue. 

How To:

All you really need to do is cut up your red cabbage and cover it with water in a large pot. Let it come to a boil, and then reduce it to a simmer for about an hour. Afterward, strain the liquid and stir in four tablespoons of white vinegar. Place the hard-boiled eggs into the mixture and let sit until they reach your desired color. The longer the eggs soak, the more intense blue they’ll get!

Bonus Tip: You can also get the pretty blue Easter egg dye with a mixture of grape juice and white vinegar. Place eggs in the bowl and leave overnight. You might get a more marbled texture, adding something pretty unique to this year’s Easter breakfast. 

Dyeing Easter Eggs With Turmeric

Looking to turn your white eggs into gold? Turmeric is the magic key and one of the most potent natural dyes. This amazing spice will easily color your eggs while adding a plethora of anti-inflammatory health benefits to the table. 

How To:

Place one tablespoon of turmeric into a pot and cover with 2 cups of boiling water. Let steep for up to two hours to extract all the color. Once cooled off, stir in two tablespoons of white vinegar and place your hard-boiled eggs into the liquid. Refrigerate your eggs into the natural dye and let them soak up to a day. The longer they stay, the more vibrant the color. 

Dyeing Easter Eggs With Black Coffee

If you’re interested in bringing some novelty to the Easter table, these naturally dyed Easter eggs will shine in a gorgeous brown color, thanks to the magic of black coffee. Now you can make your morning pot and use the rest to dye your Easter eggs. 

How To:

After you’ve made coffee, mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup white wine vinegar and add a handful of salt. Gently place each egg into the mixture and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. And to answer your burning question: no, the eggs will not taste like coffee. 

Dyeing Easter Eggs With Red Beets

Now that you know how to make your eggs that gorgeous pastel blue and yellow, what about pink? That’s where red beets come in. Think about what happens to your hands when you slice beets to use them in a recipe – the color stains your skin, making you 100% sure it will never get off. That’s what makes it the perfect natural Easter egg dye. 

How To:

Cut up or slice up the beets and add them to a large pot. Cover with water and add two tablespoons of white wine vinegar. Bring up to a boil and reduce to a simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain the liquid and submerge your white eggs. Leave them in the refrigerator overnight and wake up to gorgeous pastel pink-colored Easter eggs. 

Dyeing Easter Eggs With Spinach

Another incredible vegetable that makes it on the list of natural Easter egg dyes is spinach. Pastel green is in demand, and this leafy green definitely delivers. 

How To:

Fill a pot with water, two tablespoons of white vinegar, a whole bunch of spinach, and eggs. Bring the water to a boil and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the eggs to cool in the water, mixing them every so often. Refrigerate overnight and wake up to beautiful green Easter eggs. 

Extra Touches

You can leave your beautifully colored Easter eggs as is, or you can use these tips to put some extra touches. Just like with the onion egg dye, you can easily add patterns to all the other colors. Simply use the nylon technique and you’ll get the same results! 

And for the shine, after you take them out from the natural dyes mixture, pat them dry with paper towels, and rub some olive oil or coconut oil. This will make all the difference.

And remember, you can dye brown eggs as well, but for the purpose of more vibrant natural dyes, you’ll want to use white eggs. 

Final Thoughts

Extracting natural Easter egg dyes from vegetables and making a dye bath is easier than you think. Not only are the colors beautiful and vibrant, but you’re not adding any artificial food coloring into the mix. And with the extra touches, your designs can be truly remarkable! 

Challenge yourself to dye Easter eggs naturally this year and bring some variety to the nutritious Easter food spreads that await. 


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