11 Homemade Easter Egg Dyes

Skip the kit and try coloring Easter eggs naturally with homemade dyes that use coffee, onions, blueberries, and other kitchen finds.

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Basic Easter Egg Coloring How-to


1. Gently wash eggs with soapy water and dry. 2. Place a single layer of eggs in a non-metal pot with the dye (see next slides for colors and sources). 3. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar to 1 quart water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes, and remove pot from burner. If you like the color as it is, dab off excess dye with a paper towel and set the eggs on a rack to dry. To deepen the color, leave eggs in the pot until cool. To get even richer shades, put cool eggs in a bowl, strain the dye water, and pour it over the eggs. Store the submerged eggs in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Note: Quantities are based on 1 quart of liquid. Amounts of dyeing ingredients are approximate; more dyestuff and longer dye baths produce the deepest colors. All boiled eggs should be stored in the refrigerator, and any that have soaked in hot or warm water for several hours should not be eaten.

Natural Easter Egg Dye #1: Brewed coffee


Quantity: 1 quart strong coffee plus water to cover the eggs Color: Brown

Natural Easter Egg Dye #2: Blueberries


Quantity: Up to 4 cups Color: Lavender

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Natural Easter Egg Dye #3: Yellow onion skins


Quantity: Up to 4 packed cups Color: Sienna

Natural Easter Egg Dye #4: Beet juice


Quantity: Half strength or more of the vinegar water Color: Deep pink

Natural Easter Egg Dye #5: Cranberry juice

iStock/Tarek El Sombati

Quantity: Full-strength Color: Light pink

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Natural Easter Egg Dye #6: Paprika


Quantity: 3 tablespoons or more Color: Brick red

Natural Easter Egg Dye #7: Turmeric


Quantity: 3 or more tablespoons Color: Yellow-green

Natural Easter Egg Dye #8: Purple grape juice

iStock/Donald Erickson

Quantity: Half or more of the liquid Color: Blue-gray

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Natural Easter Egg Dye #9: Red cabbage

iStock/Kaan Ates

Quantity: 4 or more cups, chopped (boil and then soak overnight) Color: Robin's egg blue

Natural Easter Egg Dye #10: Spinach or grass


Quantity: Up to 4 cups Color: Green

Natural Easter Egg Dye #11: Red wine


Quantity: Full strength or diluted with water only Color: Deep purple

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