Natural Egg Dyeing: Step-by-step

If you celebrate Easter, you know it's right around the corner on Sunday March 31. One of our favorite Easter traditions is dying Easter eggs. And we found out there is a better way to do it! The recipes below will make natural dyes for your Easter eggs. Each one should be mixed in a separate bowl so the colors don't mix. Combine the ingredients below and boil separately before dyeing the eggs.

First, you will need to hard boil the eggs and let them cool.

Recipes for Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs:

For Red, you will need:

2 cups beets, grated
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 cups water

For Yellow, you will need:

3 large handfuls of yellow/brown onionskins
1 tablespoon white vinegar
3 cups water

For Blue, you will need:

1 pound frozen blueberries, crushed
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 cups water

For other colors, you can mix the above dyes together:

Orange: Red and Yellow

Green: Yellow and Blue

Purple: Red and Blue

 

The longer the eggs remain in the dye, the deeper the color. 

For special effects, dip half the egg in one color, the other half in another.

If you want to make designs, like writing your name or putting lines or circles on the eggs, you can use crayons on the egg. The part with crayon will not take the dye. White crayons work best.

For more on dyeing your own eggs, read on here.

related topics: crafts, DIY, eggs, easter, dyeing

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