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Bullock's Buzz: Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Forget the Kit!  Use These Ingredients You Probably Have on Hand!



   Forget spending you money on those Easter Egg Dye Kits! Instead use some ingredients you most likely have around the house!  Here are natural dyes you can use to color your Easter eggs.


For Fruits and Vegetables:

1 cup finely chopped fruit or vegetable

2 cups of water

1/4 cup white vinegar

For Spices:

4 to 5 tablespoons of ground spices

2 cups of water

1/4 cup white vinegar

For liquids like tea or juice:

do not add water

mix 1/4 cup vinegar into 2 cups of the liquid

For tea or coffee:

make the tea or coffee in 2 cups of water

let it cool, then

add 1/4 cup white vinegar


To use these natural dyes, you do not boil the eggs first. Instead, to begin you will need to gently wash the eggs with soapy water and dry.

Place either the fruits or vegetables or the spices and the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Simmer for 15 minutes(for spices) or 20 minutes (for fruits or veggies)

Remove from heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve or colander 9or even a coffee filter), saving the liquid in a bowl.

Add the vinegar and stir until well combined.

Let cool to room temperature then dye your eggs.

The longer they sit in the dye, the deeper the color.



Put a single layer of eggs in a non-metal pan and make sure they are covered with water.  Use 2 tablespoon white vinegar to 1 quart of water.

Then add whichever natural dye you choose to use from the list below.

Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, and remove pot from burner.

If you are happy with the color, dab eggs with a paper towel to remove excess dye, then place on rack to cool and dry.

If you want deeper color leave the eggs in the pot until cool. 

For even deeper shades, put the cool eggs in a bowl, strain the dye water then pour it over the eggs until covered.  Store the submerged eggs in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.

All boiled eggs should be stored in the fridge.  Do not eat eggs that have soaked in warm or hot water for several hours!


1.  Light Brown – Coffee, instant coffee, Black Tea, black walnut shells

2.  Blue - Blueberries, red cabbage leaves or purple grape juice

3.  Red – canned cherries, pomegranate juice, raspberries, lots of red onion skins

4.  Pink - Fresh Beet Juice, Cranberry Juice or cranberries, red grape juice

5.  Orange – Paprika, Chili Powder, carrots, yellow onion skins

6.  Greenish Yellow - Ground Tumeric or Yellow Delicious Apple peels

7.  Blue-grey or lavender color - Small Amount of Purple Grape Juice, Red Zinger Tea or blackberries

8.  Green - Spinach leaves or grass

9.  Violet Blue - Red Wine or Red Onion Skins

10.  Yellow – Orange or Lemon peels, Ground Cumin, Celery Seed, Green Tea, Chamomile Tea or carrot tops 



At March 22, 2013 at 9:57 PM , Anonymous jheylo said...

those are cool looking eggs and colorful as well. I bet it wil attract people a lot

At March 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM , Blogger Marty Preston said...

awesome I like the whole natural part becuase some dyes I have reactions too

At March 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM , Blogger lor K said...

Great idea! I will have to try that with my grandkids.

At March 23, 2013 at 12:32 AM , Anonymous Loreina said...

Wow! Those natural dyed eggs are so pretty! Much better than the eggs we usually end up with. I'm going to have to do natural dying this year! Thanks for sharing!

At March 23, 2013 at 2:02 AM , Anonymous mitchelle said...

Oh so natural and environment friendly. I like this. Thanks for the info.

At March 23, 2013 at 2:56 AM , Blogger MikiHope said...

What a wonderful idea--natural dying of the eggs--these natural dyes would work well to make tie dyed clothing as well!!

At March 23, 2013 at 7:14 AM , Blogger Judy Haughton-James said...

Great job Alaina! I like to see decorated eggs. Have a great weekend. I am following you in many ways - Bloglovin', Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linky Followers and GFC.

At March 23, 2013 at 11:27 AM , Anonymous Teresa said...

I can't believe how vibrant the colors are, just from natural sources! Fantastic information. Thanks.

At March 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM , Blogger Priscilla M said...

I definitely want to try these!!! Thanks for posting!

At March 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM , Blogger Melinda Dunne said...

Thanks for posting! This is a fantastic alternative to the dye kits and it is natural! I think it is also a great way to use up some of the odds and ends I have in my pantry. I just pulled out some old tea and was going to throw it out now I can use it to dye eggs!

At March 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM , Blogger Ruth Hill said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! My daughter does not like coloring Easter eggs, but I will keep this in mind. I'm going to pin it!

At March 24, 2013 at 12:19 AM , Blogger Margaret Reed said...

OMGoodness! So rich and vibrant! I never thought of using foods, I am returning the support for Fit and Beyond 40, I followed back on bloglovin, and I added you on G+ and Networkblogs. Looking forward to the connection!

At March 24, 2013 at 9:47 AM , Blogger Marie said...

These look Great, I just dyed eggs for the second time. I had to try another technique with shaving cream. Your colors are nice and bright!!

At March 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM , Blogger Glenda said...

Such fun and something I can do with my son. Thanks for sharing this with us.

At March 24, 2013 at 7:22 PM , Anonymous jenny at dapperhouse said...

I am so overwhelmed right now with all this new information! There are so many cool options and I cant WAIT To try them with my son! He loves to cook and loves science so this will be right up his alley - a fun experiment with foods and spices! Maybe with my preschool class as well. Awesome Tutorial Thank you.

At March 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM , Anonymous Nikki said...

That is seriously cool! Those are some bright colors!


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