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How to Make 9 All-Natural Easter Egg Dyes

If you're turned off by the chemicals in store-bought Easter egg dye, try these six all-natural options. Each features a coloring agent—a vegetable, fruit juice, or spice—that gives color to hard-boiled eggs.

Natural Egg Dye

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

First, take a quick look at the basic process for any natural egg dye. After that, we'll show you the ingredients you'll use for nine different colors. After that, you can experiment with other fruits, vegetables, and spices to see what gorgeously natural colors you can create. The rule of thumb is, if it stains your hands, it'll dye your eggs.

Colors by Nature

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Natural Easter Egg Dyes | Photo by Meredith

1. Purple = 1½ cup shredded red beets

Natural Egg Dye: Purple = Beets

Natural Egg Dye: Purple = Beets

2. Rust = 7 yellow onion skins

Natural Egg Dye: Brown = Onion Skins

Natural Egg Dye: Brown = Onion Skins

3. Yellow = 3 tablespoons ground turmeric or cumin

Natural Egg Dye: Yellow = Turmeric

Natural Egg Dye: Yellow = Turmeric

4. Orange = 3 tablespoons chili powder

5. Sky Blue = 1½ cups shredded red cabbage (yes, really, red cabbage)

Natural Egg Dye: Sky Blue = Red Cabbage

Sky Blue = Red Cabbage

6. Green = 2 cups spinach

Directions

  1. Bring 2 cups water to a rolling boil.
  2. Add coloring agent.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or longer for the deepest color.
  4. Strain liquid into a large mason jar, and allow to cool to room temperature, 2-3 hours.
  5. Stir in 2 tablespoons white vinegar and add 3 hard-boiled eggs.
  6. Seal the jar, and refrigerate overnight or until the egg is the desired color.
  7. Rub dried eggs with a dab of vegetable oil to give them a shinier finish (optional).

These final three options use undiluted liquids, so you can skip the boiled water step.

7. Blue = 2 cups grape juice

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Blue = Grape Juice

8. Royal Blue = 2 cups blueberry juice

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Royal Blue = Blueberry Juice

9. Brown = 2 cups brewed coffee (do not dilute with water)

Directions

  1. Strain liquid into a large mason jar.
  2. Stir in 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and add 3 hard-boiled eggs.
  3. Seal the jar, and refrigerate overnight or until the egg is the desired color.
  4. Rub dried eggs with a dab of vegetable oil to give them a shinier finish (optional).

We hope you enjoy the gorgeous eggs. Now see How to Host an Easter Egg Hunt Happy Easter!


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