Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

I’ve been on a bit of a quest this year to find a more natural option for dyeing Easter eggs. Not just for heath reasons, but I was also looking to create a more ‘rustic’ look, rather than the traditional neon flare.  I did not realize how easy it would be, and with things I already had in my kitchen! 

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We used blueberries (blue), turmeric (yellow), tea (pink), and coffee (brown). I didn’t want to go overboard, because hard-boiled eggs are not exactly a raving favorite around here. Nevertheless, we still had fun taking part in this fun Easter tradition. 🙂

Here are some different options you can try (I’m sure combinations would be fun as well).

  • Blueberries- blue
  • Red or purple cabbage- teal
  • Coffee-brown
  • Tumeric- yellow
  • Herbal tea- Pink
  • Beets- Pink/Red
  • Yellow onion- orange
  • Spinach/Parsley- green

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Ingredients:

  1. Natural food choice (from above list)
  2. Water
  3. Distilled while vinegar

Directions:

  1. Boil the food choice (blueberries, turmeric, etc) in some water.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar.
  3. Take off the stove. Drain any berries, or extra pulp.
  4. Submerse the eggs in the natural dye.

Note: The longer you leave the eggs in the dye, the darker the color will be. We wanted pastels, so we only left ours in for about 15 minutes. I’ve read of people soaking them all night. 

If you want an extra speckled look, you can take a white starch (like corn or tapioca) and add a tiny bit of water to make it a glue-like consistency. Then take a dry paint brush and flick it onto the eggs.

*Kid friendly tip* Put the egg in a whisk and let the kiddos go to town…ahh…so much cleaner…  😉  🙂

What are your favorite ways to do Easter eggs?

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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  1. We only have brown eggs in Australia, and there is no such thing as dye kits. I wonder if natural dyes would work as well? Your darkest eggs are a bit lighter than our egg colour. People here don’t dye eggs, although of course we still do. I just use food colouring, water, and vinegar, but next year I might give the natural dyes a go. (Except for blueberries. I’ll just eat all of those!)

  2. I was wondering if you have any special Good Friday traditions in your family? Here, Good Friday is considered the most sacred and holy day of the year. (Catholicism was a heavy influence here so I think it’s that Catholic influence.) My husband, who isn’t even sure he believes in God, insists we have to eat fish on Good Friday. I used to tease him about it but now I like it, because it makes the day different/special. Nearly everything is closed, the day itself is a public holiday and even grocery stores shut down. Hot cross buns are eaten on Good Friday to symbolise the cross, and them chocolate Easter eggs on Sunday represent the hollow tomb.

    Chocolate is huge here for Easter. Giving toys in an Easter basket doesn’t happen much (although the retailers keep pushing for it!) but every kid gets enough chocolate to open a candy shop.

    Shops are open Saturday and Sunday. I’m not sure Easter itself is even a public holiday.
    Monday is a public holiday too. That means most people (outside of some retail workers and hospitals and police and people like that) get a four day weekend. Some even get a five day weekend, in some industries Tuesday is also a holiday.

    1. Fish is a great idea. 😉 we dont really do anything out of the ordinary. Our church held a special service each day of holy week and then a one on Good Friday evening. Egg decorating and Egg hunts are very common for the little ones as well. 🙂 Happy Easter!

  3. Great jobs with the eggs Jessica love them! We have used crayons paint , which is pretty simple, but We need to branch out! Have a blessed Easter to you and the family, hugs, Terri.?

      1. You are welcome Jessica as always ☺we had a great day , church mass at 8am then an egg hunt after, before 2 hour drive to inlaws. 2nd egg hunt at inlaws, now home, kids in bed , it’s 10.13 pm , ready for sleep! How was your day? Big huggs, Terri.?

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