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.
Natural dye recipes adapted from Martha Stewart.
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