How to Dye Eggs Naturally

Egg Dye Making Natural Dyes

Red: Boil a few cut beets in a small pot of water until tender and the cooking liquid turns a deep pink. Pour liquid in a small bowl.

Blue: Put a few red cabbage leaves in a small pot with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil until the liquid turns a deep blue. Pour liquid into a bowl.

Gold: Crunch yellow onion skins into a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 15 minutes and let cool.

Yellow: Mix 1 heaping tablespoon of turmeric powder with 1/2 cup water in a measuring cup. Stir to blend.

2016 DIY Easter Eggs
Photo courtesy of Henry Long, who dyed these eggs with his family last year.

Coloring Eggs

  1. Boil eggs; remove from hot water and cool slightly.
  2. Rub shells with white vinegar to help the shell take up the dye.
  3. Place eggs in bowls with the natural dyes and let sit for several minutes – longer for deeper color saturation. Get creative with the texture by applying clear tape to the eggs. Blot eggs dry with a paper towel and arrange on a festive plate or within a basket.