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

Basic Easter Egg Coloring How-toiStock/gpointstudio
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

Natural Easter Egg Dye #1: Brewed coffeeiStock/Andyd
Quantity: 1 quart strong coffee plus water to cover the eggs Color: Brown

Natural Easter Egg Dye #2: Blueberries

Natural Easter Egg Dye #2: BlueberriesiStock/Pictac
Quantity: Up to 4 cups Color: Lavender

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Natural Easter Egg Dye #3: Yellow onion skins

Natural Easter Egg Dye #3: Yellow onion skinsiStock/OLEKSANDR PEREPELYTSIA
Quantity: Up to 4 packed cups Color: Sienna

Natural Easter Egg Dye #4: Beet juice

Natural Easter Egg Dye #4: Beet juiceiStock/tovfla
Quantity: Half strength or more of the vinegar water Color: Deep pink

Natural Easter Egg Dye #5: Cranberry juice

Natural Easter Egg Dye #5: Cranberry juiceiStock/Tarek El Sombati
Quantity: Full-strength Color: Light pink

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Natural Easter Egg Dye #6: Paprika

Natural Easter Egg Dye #6: PaprikaiStock/AntiMartina
Quantity: 3 tablespoons or more Color: Brick red

Natural Easter Egg Dye #7: Turmeric

Natural Easter Egg Dye #7: TurmericiStock/karandaev
Quantity: 3 or more tablespoons Color: Yellow-green

Natural Easter Egg Dye #8: Purple grape juice

Natural Easter Egg Dye #8: Purple grape juiceiStock/Donald Erickson
Quantity: Half or more of the liquid Color: Blue-gray

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Natural Easter Egg Dye #9: Red cabbage

Natural Easter Egg Dye #9: Red cabbageiStock/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

Natural Easter Egg Dye #10: Spinach or grassiStock/Creativeye99
Quantity: Up to 4 cups Color: Green

Natural Easter Egg Dye #11: Red wine

Natural Easter Egg Dye #11: Red wineiStock/dgcampillo
Quantity: Full strength or diluted with water only Color: Deep purple

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