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Decorating Easter eggs is one of the best parts of getting ready for Easter. In my house, I like to dye Easter eggs naturally with the kids. You never know what’s in those dyes sometimes and it’s better safe than sorry when you’re working with little ones.
Growing up, we used to make the Ukrainian versions where you prick a hole in the top and bottom of an uncooked egg and carefully blow out the insides. Then we’d rinse them out with water (and a bit of bleach or vinegar) and let them dry before decorating. The cool thing about this method is they last a lot longer than decorating a hard boiled egg.
How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally
Making your own DIY natural Easter egg dye at home is actually really easy. There’s several ingredients that you can use, so pick one based on your preferences or what you have around the house.
It’s also important to note that natural dye colours aren’t the same as artificial ones. That means you might get different colours than you wanted so be patient and experiment!
Boiled natural dyes
Light blue (or robin’s egg blue): 1/2 cups of shredded red cabbage
Yellow: 3 Tablespoons of ground cumin or tumeric
Purple: 1 1/2 cups of Red Beets
Orange: 1 Cup of yellow onion skins or 3 tablespoons of chili powder
Green: 2 Cups of spinach
Lavender: 1 cup red onion skins
How to make boiled natural Easter egg dyes
- Choose your colour from the above list and prepare your ingredients.
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Add your dye ingredient.
- Simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes or until desired colour is reached.
- Strain your dye into a large mason jar or heatproof, sealable container.
- Let cool uncovered until it reaches room temperature. About 2-3 hours.
- Add vinegar: one teaspoon for each cup of strained dye. Stir.
- Gently place 3 eggs in the jar. Seal it and place it in the fridge overnight.
No-boil natural dyes
Blue: 2 Cups of purple grape juice
Royal blue: 2 cups of blueberry juice
Brown: 2 cups of undiluted brewed coffee (cooled)
For these, all you have to is add 1 teaspoon of vinegar per cup of dye liquid. For these amounts, place 3 eggs and the dye liquid in a container or mason jar and refrigerate overnight.
Optional: You can rub oil on the eggs after they’re finished dying to give them a shine.
I actually really like the look of naturally dyed Easter eggs. They have a more rustic look to them which actually matches my home’s decor. If you use the blown out Easter eggs instead of hard boiled ones you can display them throughout the Easter season without spoilage.
Or feed your kids brightly coloured hard boiled eggs without any worry about dangerous chemicals leaching into the egg from the dye.