Did you know you could make your own natural Easter egg dye using items you may already have at home? There’s no need in buying boxed dyes when you can use colorful fruits, vegetables and things straight from your cupboard. This is a fun way to be creative and eco-friendly with the kids this Easter holiday. You can go through your kitchen and use whatever you already have available, or head to the market and get the items you need to create your own special color palette.   We have included in this article a few of our favorite choices, but the possibilities are endless.


Check your freezer for frozen berries, such as blueberries for creating blue hues. Also check your vegetable crisper. You can use anything from spinach for green, beets for pink, and red cabbage for purple. Take a look around your fridge for juices like grape juice and orange juice or any variety that is rich in color. Don’t forget about your cupboard for things like coffee grounds that make nice earthy brown colors. Certain spices work well also, such as turmeric for yellow, chili powder for reddish brown, and curry powder for a pale orange. Lastly, make sure you have white vinegar available. Vinegar is acidic and basically etches the egg’s shell. This roughens the shell allowing it to absorb more color.

How to Make Your Own Natural Easter Egg Dye – The Process
  1. First, you’ll need boiled eggs. If you already have a favorite method, use that or you can try this one. Place eggs in a pot of water making sure they are submerged 1 to 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil. Once the boiling point starts, begin timing the eggs. Boil for 10 minutes then remove the eggs from heat and set them aside for cooling.
  1. While your eggs are cooling, you will need to boil your fruits, veggies, or spices. Fill a saucepan with 2 cups of the food source you are using for your dye and cover it with water. Bring it to a boil and reduce the heat to let it simmer until you are happy with the color. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a bowl and add a few teaspoons of vinegar.
  1. Once you have your dyes, use tongs or a spoon to carefully submerge your eggs. It may take a little longer for the eggs to dye than with store-bought dyes. Just leave them in a little longer and remove them when you are content with the color. This is a great time for decorating baskets or planning your Easter events.

Remember trial and error is part of the fun in making your own natural easter egg dye. Experiment with different vegetables, fruits and spices. If you have a few eggs with poor results, try re-dying them. You may be surprised with the outcome of the second attempt. Be creative and have fun!



Further Reading: How to Dye Easter Eggs Using Vegetable Scraps


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