How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Each year my son loves to dye eggs and I enjoy doing it with him. He just loves to eat hard boiled eggs, so putting the fun colors on them is just an added bonus.

We’ve always used the little tabs that come in a pack to dye our Easter eggs, but as I  have become more skeptical of highly processed food items and heard all the criticisms for feeding food dye to children, I thought we’d try our hand at making natural Easter egg dye. Well, and it is mostly just the fact that I love a challenge and it seemed fun to try to figure out what I could use from around the house to dye the eggs.

The one caveat to the whole deal was that after looking around and seeing all these sites for making homemade egg dye, I saw that they called for boiling the ingredients in a pot for 30 minutes. I hate dirty dishes and did not feel like trying to boil 6 different pots of stuff to make egg dye. I’ll admit it, that is just too much work to me.


To make the dye for these eggs all you have to do is boil a teakettle of water and then pour it over the ingredient you’re using as a dye and let it sit until cooled. Easy peasy!

We tried a bunch of veggies and household food items and most of them worked and a few didn’t (tomato sauce, carrot peels and peas).

What works:

  • double strength coffee
  • chili powder
  • Blackberries (and blueberries would probably work well too)
  • red cabbage
  • green tea
  • spinach (it does produce a pale color that is mostly yellowish actually)

Other suggestions that I haven’t tried:

  • any type of fruit juice that is a bright color: grape, cherry etc…
  • any type of colorful tea (herbal teas, dried fruit tea, black tea etc…)
  • red onion peels
  • ground spices (cumin, paprika, turmeric etc…)
  • beets
  • any type of berry

How to Make Easter Egg Dye

  1. Place a little handful of your desired item into mason jar or bowl that is big enough to add about a cup or cup and a half of water. For the spices I used just a heaping tablespoon or two. For the tea I prepared it to be double strength.
  2. Boil enough water to fill how ever many colors you’ll be using.
  3. Once the water is boiling pour about 1-1 1/2 cups into each container and let it cool.
  4. Once the jars are cool, strain your new dye into a fresh container. I had one extra and just strained each jar and ended up with one left over at the end. Add one tablespoon of vinegar per cup of liquid in each jar.
  5. Once you add an egg, stick the jars in the fridge and let them sit until your desired hue is reached. Some I only soaked a few hours and others I soaked overnight. The longer the eggs soak, the more intense the color will be.

While you’re thinking of Easter,  making your own peeps or bunny truffles are definitely  fun to do with the kiddos! These projects are not healthy, but Easter only comes once a year, right? :)



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