Did you know that you can create beautiful, natural Easter egg dyes with everyday vegetables and spices? Not only are these natural dyes safe to use, they produce a variety of unique colors and are a great way to share the power of veggies with your children!

You can even add patterns and textures with a few simple steps. Read on for our tips to get the perfect Easter colors.

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Materials:

  • Hard boiled eggs at room temperature (white eggs will produce the best color)
  • White vinegar (1 tbsp per cup of finished dye)
  • Vegetables (below) for each color of egg dye desired
  • Olive oil (optional for finishing)

Steps:

  • Rinse your eggs before starting to remove any dirt.
  • In most cases, you’ll need to add your vegetables to simmering water.
  • Allow the dye to develop at a simmer until it is a few shades darker than the hue you’re going for.
  • Strain the vegetables out and let the dye cool completely, then add the vinegar (1 tbsp per cup of dye).
  • The dyeing time of your eggs will depend on the vegetable and concentration of your dye. Soak for at least 15 minutes, but check back frequently!

Decorating:

  • Make fun patterns with a white crayon or by gently taping the surface before dyeing.
  • For a textured look, try wrapping the eggs with a fabric, or by dabbing with a sponge.
  • For a matte finish, simply dry the eggs with a paper towel. For a shinier finish, add a bit of olive oil and polish with a cloth.

Getting the Color:

Robin’s Egg Blue:
Add 1/2 of a chopped head of red cabbage into a pot of boiling water.

Egg Decorating Cabbage

Deep Pink:
Add 2 medium beets, cut into chunks into 4 cups of boiling water.

Pastel Pink:
Combine 1 cup of pickled beet juice with vinegar.

Yellow-Orange:
Peel the skin off of 6 yellow onions and add to 2 cups of boiling water (simmer for 15 at least minutes).

Egg Decorating Onions

Green:
Combine 4 cups of chopped spinach with 4 cups of boiling water.

Golden Yellow:
Mix 2 tbsp turmeric + 1 cup of boiling water.

Lavender:
Peel the skin off of 6 red onions and add them to 2 cups of boiling water.

Have you ever used natural Easter egg dye or decorated eggs in a creative way? Share your tips and experience in the comments section below!