How-To Naturally Dye Easter Eggs

Indigenous cultures around the world have been using nature to naturally dye textiles for centuries. A similar process can be used to dye Easter eggs. Do you have turmeric, spinach, blueberries, paprika, lime, beets, coffee, or red cabbage? Then you’re on your way to having naturally dyed eggs! 

Natural Color Dyeing Agents

Depending on desired intensity use more or less. 

  • Turmeric, 1 1/2 tablespoons (yellow-green)
  • Paprika, 1 1/2 tablespoons (brick red)
  • Blueberries, 1/2 - 1 cup (lavender)
  • Beets, 1 - 2 cups chopped (deep pink)
  • Spinach, 1 - 2 cups chopped (green)
  • Coffee, 2 cups of pre-made coffee, instead of boiling water (brown)
  • Red-cabbage, 1 - 2 cups chopped (blue)
  • Lime, cut in half

Materials Needed

  • 3 quart pot
  • White vinegar
  • Eggs
  • Whisk
  • Large mason jars
  • Tongs
  • Paper towels
  • Cooling rack

Directions (assuming eggs are already hard-boiled)

  1. Bring 2 cups water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add natural color dyeing agent.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons white vinegar to the pot.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or longer for more intense color.
  5. Strain liquid into a large mason jar, and allow to cool a bit.
  6. Use a whisk to cage the boiled egg and lower it into the mason jar.
  7. Depending on mason jar size, up to 3 hard-boiled eggs can be added.
  8. Leave in the jar until reaching desired color. Somewhere from 5 seconds to overnight. For overnight, seal the jar and refrigerate if wanting a deeper color.
  9. Optional: Squeeze lime juice to lighten color. For example if you have a deep pink and want a light pink. 
  10. Remove eggs with tongs.
  11. Pat eggs dry with paper towel and place on a rack to dry.
  12. Overtime naturally dyed eggs can fade. Spray with cooking spray or brush with vegetable oil.

Ready to try some other colors? The rule of thumb is, if it stains your hands, it'll dye your eggs!