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Simple Step-By-Step Guide To Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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I’ve long wanted to try dyeing Easter eggs naturally, but shied away because it seemed so complicated. This year, I decided to dive in and crack the code. And you know what? It’s really not complicated at all. In fact, naturally dyed Easter eggs are super fun to make. The process lends itself easily to experimentation and improvisation, and the results are gorgeous. The eggs are suffused with vibrant, deep, natural color, and are sure to lend warmth and beauty to your Easter celebration. Look Ma — no chemicals!

There are two ways to approach naturally dyed Easter eggs. The first is to create your natural dyes and cold dip hard boiled eggs until you’ve achieved the desired color, anywhere from several minutes, to overnight in the fridge. For the beet-derived pinks, I found that boiling raw eggs in the dye was the best way to get an even color. Check out the slideshow below for instructions on how to make each color.


The more of each ingredient you use, the richer and more potent your dye will be. For the most part, I went with a weaker solution and soaked most of my eggs overnight. If you’re dyeing with kids, it might be more fun to have a stronger solution and soak the eggs for a shorter stint–so, unless otherwise noted, my instructions above are for a strong solution that should color eggs within a half hour.

For our instructions on perfectly hard boiled eggs, click here.

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How to Dye Beautiful Easter Eggs Naturally

Pink

4 cups red beets, rough chopped
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 quart water

Combine the beets, vinegar, salt and 1 quart of water, bring to a boil, and then simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain the beets, and set the liquid aside.

Natural dye recipes adapted from Martha Stewart.

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9 thoughts on “Simple Step-By-Step Guide To Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

  1. Aislinn says:

    Hi there!

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  2. Janet says:

    Even though those colors are really pretty, it seems like a really big PITA to create all the dyes, not to mention the cost involved (especially the beet and cabbage dyes – my favorite shades of the group). Also, if you want brown eggs, why not just buy brown eggs? I would think that’s even more natural. I could see this being a good project with older kids that could help create the dyes.

  3. Anna says:

    And expensive.

  4. brooklynsupper says:

    Hi Janet and Anna, Thanks for checking out the post. You both have commented that these are expensive to make, but the ingredients needed (1 head of cabbage, 6 loose beets, 2 bunches spinach, turmeric — if you need to buy it, and some coffee) run around 12 bucks, while the Paas kit is about 5. So yes, it is more expensive, but not extravagantly so.

  5. Harry says:

    Hi… if you are eating healthy this is a good concept and not really hard to do; and you can an educational moment with your kids. I suppose $7 more is still $7, but you get your money’s worth!! The side benefits are worth at least $7….. There is a little chemistry involved, a little art, exercising your reasoning skills (How do I make it darker or lighter?), and it is an excellent bonding moment with your kids…. and I don’t know how to value the thrill of doing something yourself and the self confidence that comes with it…. Anybody can buy a kit, but there is something special about doing it yourself….

  6. brooklynsupper says:

    Thanks Harry! Glad you agree.

  7. Sara says:

    I love the idea of naturally dying eggs. Does the egg under the shell turn the color of the dye as well? Can I avoid that by using a less potent version of the recipe? Fifty percent of the ingredients? Thanks!

  8. brooklynsupper says:

    Hi Sara, For most of these, we cut down the dye amounts by half and left the eggs to soak overnight. The pink egg dye went through the shell (in both the overnight soak and boil and soak methods), as did just a bit of the cabbage “blue.” For other colors, my guess is that a more potent dye left to soak for a shorter time will be the least likely to penetrate the inner egg. Of all the eggs we tried, only the pink fully saturated. It’s worth noting, though, that the porousness of eggs could vary wildly, so there’s really no telling.

  9. Anna B says:

    Just did this today with my little ones, and it was so fun to show them how colors can be created naturally. Making the dyes was totally easy, and it was super cheap… 3 tsp tumeric, 3 T coffee, 3 beets (I sliced em and ate them afterwards) and 1/2 head of purple cabbage. And I had a bunch of dye leftover that I hadn’t even touched, so I passed it on to a friend to use with her kiddos. What I love the most, though, is that we can eat the hard boiled eggs after we hunt for them because they won’t be contaminated with blue lake # whatever poisonous substance. This is a rad idea!

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