After experimenting with everything from lemon peels and carrots to raspberries and grape juice, I’ve figured out which ingredients consistently yield beautiful, vibrant colors. Here are the natural egg dye ingredients that work.
small bowls or mason jars (order mason jars here)
Natural dye materials (shredded beets, turmeric, etc)
1 – 2 tbsp vinegar (per dye color)
eggs (however many you want to make)
Coconut or olive oil (optional – for adding luster to eggs)
Making Easter Egg Dye
Bring the dye matter (cabbage, turmeric, etc.) and water to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues.
Remove the egg dye from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
Pour the dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.
Add hard boiled eggs to the dye and place them in the fridge until the desired color is reached. I started mine in the early afternoon and let them infuse overnight.
Boiling the Eggs
Add the eggs to a medium pot and cover them with cold water. Bring the water to a hard boil, then turn off the heat and cover the pot. After 10 minutes, place the eggs in a bowl of cold water and let them sit until they’re cool to the touch.
Drain the bowl and replace with warm, soapy water – I use non-toxic castile soap. Gently rub the eggs with a washcloth or your thumb to remove oils that prohibit the natural dyes from adhering effectively to the egg shell.
Dyeing The Eggs
Lower the eggs into the dye and place them in the fridge. Soak until your desired color is reached. (We usually soak ours overnight.)
When the eggs are ready scoop them out with a slotted spoon and place them on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
Naturally-dyed eggs have a matte finish. If you’d like to add a little luster, rub with a drop or two of coconut or olive oil.
Need a quicker and easier option?
If you want to make naturally-dyed eggs without spending extra time boiling fruits and veggies, this kit looks like a good option. The dyes are made from fruits, herbs and veggies – all you need to add is hot water.