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How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With Everyday Ingredients

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Want to skip Blue #2 and it's associated brain tumors year? You can still have beautiful, vibrantly colored eggs using items from your kitchen!

Hey mamas, it’s time to get YOUR basket out!

C’mon, you know you want to snap up brightly colored gems while little giggles and squeals surround you. And if a soft breeze wants to play with your hair in the golden sunshine? Well, so be it. Let your hubby, mom, or bestie handle the DSLR while you jump in the photos for once.

That’s what I’m planning to do at least, and then of course I’m going to chop up our jeweled treasures for Jenny’s pesto egg salad! (Note: You can use brown or white eggs with these dyes. They will turn out different but both versions are beautiful)


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Two cups water plus 3/4 tablespoons turmeric creates this vibrant yellow on white eggs and a deep gold on brown ones. Other options: Orange or lemon peels, carrots, chamomile tea, celery seed, green tea, ground cumin, saffron



Two cups water + two cups grated beets OR raspberries, red grape juice or beet kvass (skip the vinegar for the kvass)


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Two cups yellow onion peels plus five cups water. Other options: Carrots or paprika

Green / Blue

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Three cups tightly packed shredded cabbage plus enough water to cover one inch above shreds. Brown eggs will turn green and white eggs will turn blue. Other options for green include fresh basil and liquid chlorophyll. (Grass clippings are supposed to work too but I tried it and the water turned brown)

Other options for blue include ½ cup blueberries plus 1½ cups water (pictured on the right) or purple grape juice.


Rusty Red


Three to four cups tightly packed red onion peels plus water to cover about one inch above. Other options: Rose hips, pomegranate juice, raspberries. If you’re using brown eggs beets will turn them maroon – while eggs will be pink)


Ingredients/Tools Needed:

  • Natural dye materials (shredded beets, turmeric, etc)
  • Filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar per dye color
  • pots for simmering ingredients
  • mesh strainer
  • small bowls or mason jars (order mason jars here)
  • eggs
  • medium pot
  • coconut or olive oil (optional – for adding luster to eggs)

Directions For Making Dye

  1. I’ve included estimates for proportions based on the dyes I made, but if you’re using different ingredients here are a few rules of thumb: Use about ½ to ¾ cup of the natural dye ingredient per one cup of water (except spices . . . you’ll need a lot less!). The water should come to ½ – 1 inch above your dye material.
  2. Bring dye matter and water to a boil.* Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature
  4. Pour dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 3 teaspoons of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid
  5. Add hardboiled eggs and place in fridge until desired color is reached (I started mine in early afternoon and let them set overnight)

If you’re using juice skip the boiling. Just add the vinegar and get started.

Directions For Eggs:

  1.  In a medium pot cover eggs in cold water.  Bring pot to a boil. Once it’s rolling turn off the heat and cover the pot, After 10 minutes, place eggs in a bowl of cold water and let sit until they’re cool to the touch.
  2. Drain bowl and replace with warm, soapy water (I used castille soap). Gently rub eggs with a washcloth or your thumb to remove oils that prohibit natural dyes from adhering as effectively to the egg shell.
  3. Lower egg into the dye and place them in the fridge. Soak until your desired color is reached.
  4. When the eggs are ready scoop them out with a spoon and place on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
  5. Naturally-dyed eggs have a matte finish. If you’d like to add a little lustre rub with coconut our olive oil and polish with a paper towel.



Thank you Two Men & A Little Farm for inspiring this post!


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75 Responses to How To Dye Easter Eggs Naturally With Everyday Ingredients

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  2. Margaret says:

    I just did mine, and turmeric and red cabbage together make a pretty green, even though the dye looks just kind of maroon when you mix them. I also tried to get red with cranberries and it did not make them red, instead they became speckled gray.

  3. Kelly says:

    Oh I love how your dark grape colored ones turned out! I didn’t do blueberries this year but I was happy with my rainbow from the turmeric, beets, onions and cabbage. :)

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  6. Leah Hughes via FB says:

    Kim Bruizeman Weller, looks good!

  7. Kim Bruizeman Weller via FB says:

    Thanks Leah Hughes…love these ideas!!

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    Mariya Kudyakova, April Shaner, Stefani Williamson Gentry This is just what we were talking about the other night!

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  17. C-ski says:

    Great tips, thank you!
    Another trick my mother-in-law does is to wrap an egg in an old sheer nylon sock or cut -off foot of pantyhose, stick some small leaves (clover or similar) onto the egg, knot tightly and then dye the egg. The shape of the leaf will stay on the eggshell and give it an extra nice pattern.

  18. Cathy says:

    We tried these and some worked and others didn’t. Next year we’ll do some more research and try again.
    I followed the directions exactly.

    Turmeric for yellow was great!
    Purple cabbage for blue was okay.
    Onion skins for orange was very good.
    Spinach for green was a DUD as was the cranberries for pink. Both left my white eggs a mottled grey. ICK! My natural brown and greenish blue eggs are much prettier than these!! I’ll use the ugly ones for egg salad right away. :)

  19. kelli says:

    Can’t wait to try these this Easter, thanks for the great idea’s and this wonderful website!

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