Dyeing eggs naturally
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Project DIY: Dyeing Eggs Naturally

Easter is a time for vibrant colors and festive traditions, and dyeing eggs naturally has, in the past, been at the heart of these celebrations. While store-bought dyes offer convenience, there’s something special about harkening back and creating your own natural dyes using ingredients found right in your kitchen!

Not only is it a fun and creative activity, but it’s also a way to avoid the chemicals found in commercial dyes and the plastic these items are usually wrapped in.

In this guide, we’ll explore how to dye eggs naturally. If you’re looking for more fun spring activities, check out our past post here!

Dyeing Eggs Naturally: Gather your ingredients

The beauty of natural egg dyeing lies in its simplicity. Start by gathering common kitchen ingredients that can (surprisingly!) create a rainbow of colours:

  • Red cabbage with a dash of baking soda (for blue)
  • Turmeric (for yellow)
  • Red onion skins or paprika (for orange/red)
  • Beets (for pink/red)
  • Blueberries (for purple)
  • Green – mix yellow and blue!
Beet and yellow onion skin dyes

Dyeing Eggs Naturally: Prepare Your Eggs

Before diving into the dyeing process, prepare your eggs by hard-boiling or blowing out the contents. Once they’ve cooled and/or dried, you’re ready to begin. For best results, it’s a good idea to give your eggs a gentle scrub to remove any residue that might affect the dyeing process.

Dyeing Eggs Naturally: Create Your Natural Dyes

This part was so fun – I couldn’t believe the colours I could achieve with food and spices! My kiddos were very excited to help so it was easy to turn this into a bit of a science experiment. Here’s my basic guide to making dyes from common kitchen ingredients:

  • For blue: Chop up red cabbage and simmer it in water for about 15-20 minutes. Strain out the solids and add a pinch of baking soda, the liquid will be amazingly blue.
  • For yellow: Simply simmer turmeric in water until you achieve your desired shade.
  • For orange/red: Boil red onion skins in water until the color deepens to your liking.
  • For pink/red: Simmer beets in water until the color intensifies.
  • For purple: Simmer frozen blueberries in water for 15-20 minutes.

My rule of thumb was 1 cup of water per 1 cup of vegetable/skin. For yellow I added 1 tablespoon of turmeric per cup of water. Make sure to refrigerate as these liquids have organics in them and so can mold.

Boiling red cabbage – it didn’t smell great!

Dyeing Eggs Naturally: Dyeing Process

Once you’ve prepared your natural dyes, it’s time to immerse your eggs! Here are some tips for getting those vibrant colors:

  • Submerge your eggs in the dye for at least 15-30 minutes, or longer for deeper colors.
  • For a marbled effect, try dipping your eggs in multiple colors or using rubber bands or wax crayons to create patterns before dyeing.
  • You can also try gently rubbing the dyed eggs with a bit of vegetable oil to give them a glossy finish.
  • After dyeing your eggs, place them on a wire rack or paper towels to dry completely. Avoid stacking them while they’re still wet to prevent colors from transferring.

Once your eggs are dry, marvel at the amazing colours you’ve created using only natural ingredients. Display them in a basket as a centerpiece for your Easter table, and post to your social media (and tag us!) for the inevitable oohhs and ahhs!

My cabbage and turmeric dye


Dyeing eggs naturally is not only a fun Easter tradition but also a creative way to explore the colors found in everyday kitchen ingredients. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or trying your hand at egg dyeing for the first time, this is a simple and eco-friendly approach to celebrating the season with beautiful colours and lots of fun. So gather your ingredients, unleash your creativity, and enjoy the magic of natural egg dyeing this Easter!

dyeing eggs naturally
My green egg!

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One Comment

  • Molly | Transatlantic Notes

    I was introduced to this particular Easter activity by my husband when I moved to the U.S. and have tried it a few times, but never using natural ingredients. I much prefer this idea, and if we do it again this year, I will do this instead of buying the kits. Thanks!

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