All-Natural Dyed Easter Eggs
What’s Easter without colored eggs? You make such an effort to only provide all-natural items in your home – why would you bring in artificial dyes into your home to color eggs when you can accomplish the same task (and get even prettier results, in our opinion) with fruits and vegetables? It takes some advanced planning, but it’s so worth the effort. Get ready for spectacular Easter eggs! Try our method, then show us your results!
What You’ll Need
A dozen (or more) eggs
Note: order your eggs early and let them sit in the fridge for at least a week. Super fresh eggs (as ours are) are more difficult to peel.
Also: we use brown eggs because that’s what our chickens produce; we think it makes for a prettier, more rustic look. You could use white eggs.
Glass jars or bowl
Assorted fruits and veggies, to make dyes
All Natural Color
Most natural dyes will take longer to work than synthetic dyes—sometimes overnight—so be sure to allow sufficient time to prepare the dye and color the eggs.
Many common foods and spices make great dyes. Here are a few to start with, along with the resulting color:
Yellow onion skins = Yellow to dark orange
Turmeric or cumin = Bright yellow
Red beets = Pink to red
Red onion skins = Pale purple to red
Red cabbage = Blue
Spinach = Green
Coffee = Tan to brown
Chili powder = Orange
Raspberries or blackberries = Pink to purple
Yellow or green apple peels = Yellow-green
To Make Dye
• 4 cups of chopped or mashed fruits and veggies (or 4 tablespoons of spice)
• 4 cups of water (use less water if you’re working with watery produce, such as spinach)
• 2 tbsp white vinegar
→ Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 30 minutes.
→ Allow liquid to cool, then strain out the bits of fruits or vegetables.
The remaining liquid is your dye.
Let’s Get Started
Hard-boil your eggs in advance, so they’re ready to go when you’re ready to begin. See below for Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs Every Time.
Wash eggs gently with warm, soapy water to remove oils that may prevent dye from taking.
Assemble your dye and tools. Crayons can be used to make designs on eggs where the dye won’t take. Use rubber bands to make stripes.
Start by soaking eggs in dye for at least half an hour. Use tongs to remove egg from dye, to check color without risk of smearing the color. For more intense color, soak the eggs in the dye overnight. If the color still isn’t intense enough by morning, carefully transfer the dye and eggs to a small saucepan and gently simmer for up to 30 minutes. The results will vary from batch to batch.
Have fun trying other items you may have around: If it’s brightly colored and stains your cutting board or fingers, chances are good it will stain eggshells nicely, too.
Let eggs dry completely before handling. Store in fridge for up to a week.
Show Us Your Easter Eggs!
Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs Every Time
• Place eggs in a single layer in a medium pot and cover with 1 inch of cold water.
• Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
• Immediately upon boil, cover, and remove from heat.
• Let sit for 12 minutes.
• With a slotted spoon, remove eggs from hot water and immerse into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process; this is what keeps your yolks from discoloring.
• Let cool completely; will keep in fridge for a week.