Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs - Bamboo Core Fitness

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs: 7 Recipes for 7 Colors

Dyeing Easter eggs naturally may take longer than traditional methods, but experiencing the variety of colors found in the foods we eat daily is worth the extra time. Using natural dyes is also safer for you, your children, and the environment.

Seven recipes for naturally dyeing Easter eggs is included in this article. The end result will be pretty pastel colored eggs that showcase speckles, spots and everything in between. These eggs won’t look anything like the bright artificial colors that are created with traditional egg coloring kits found at grocery and drugstores. Instead, these eggs will flaunt natural beauty – each egg will be unique.

Avoid the artificial stuff and go au naturel this Spring – dye your Easter eggs naturally. Use coffee, fruits, spices and veggies to produce an array of hues from soft pastels to deep, earthy tones. Continue reading to learn how.

INGREDIENTS AND TOOLS NEEDED

  • Eggs
  • Medium saucepan for boiling eggs
  • Natural dye materials (shredded beets, turmeric, etc. – see below)
  • Water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar per dye color
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt per dye color
  • Pots for simmering ingredients
  • Mesh strainer or slotted spoon
  • Small bowls
  • Empty egg carton
  • Coconut oil (optional)

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs - Bamboo Core FitnessDIRECTIONS

1. Buy the eggs.

  1. Select white, cage-free eggs. (For deep-golden or dark-brown hues, choose brown eggs).

2. Hard-boil and prepare the eggs.

  1. Place eggs in a medium saucepan. Make sure they are in a single layer.
  2. Cover eggs with 1-1.5 inches of cold water.
  3. Set pan over high heat and bring the water to a full, rolling boil.
  4. Once water starts to boil, turn off the heat.
  5. Cover pan with a lid. If you have an electric stovetop, remove the pan from the burner entirely.
  6. Set timer for 12 minutes. Leave eggs in the covered pan (in water) for this amount of time (with heat off).
  7. After 12 minutes, remove the cooked, hard-boiled eggs from the pan with a slotted spoon.
  8. Place eggs in a bowl of cold water and let sit until they are cool to the touch.
  9. Drain bowl and replace with warm, soapy water.
  10. Gently rub eggs with a soapy washcloth or your thumb. This will remove any oils that may prohibit natural dyes from adhering to the egg shell.
  11. Set eggs aside.

3. Choose your colors and gather the dye ingredients.

  • Dye ingredients for each color are listed below.

4. Follow the directions below.

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HOW TO MAKE 7 DYE COLORS

1. RED DYE

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs - Red

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs: Red Color
 
These naturally dyed, red-colored Easter eggs are much more beautiful than the neon-colored eggs created with traditional Easter egg coloring kits.
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Ingredients
  • 1-2 beets (3/4 pound) (If you do not have beets, you may also use cranberries/cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, raspberries, and/or rose hips.)
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Hard-boiled, white eggs

Instructions
  1. Roughly chop beets.
  2. Place beets in a saucepan and combine with water, vinegar, and salt.
  3. Bring water to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until desired color is reached.
  4. Strain beets with slotted spoon, reserving the liquid for dyeing.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Add eggs to dye.
  7. Leave eggs in dye until they reach the desired color.
  8. Remove eggs and place on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
  9. For a slight shine, coat eggs in coconut oil.


2. RUSTY-RED/PINK DYE

  • (Brown eggs will turn maroon and white eggs will turn pink)

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs - Rusty Red Recipe

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs: Rusty-Red/Pink Color
 
These naturally dyed, rusty-red colored Easter eggs are much more beautiful than the neon-colored eggs created with traditional Easter egg coloring kits.
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Ingredients
  • 3-4 cups of tightly packed onion peels
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Hard-boiled, white eggs

Instructions
  1. Place three to four cups of tightly packed red onion peels into saucepan.
  2. Pour enough water to cover about one inch above the onion peels.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 tablespoon salt to the pot.
  4. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until desired color is reached.
  5. Strain onions with slotted spoon, reserving the liquid for dyeing.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat.
  7. Add eggs to dye.
  8. Leave eggs in dye until they reach the desired color.
  9. Remove eggs and place on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
  10. For a slight shine, coat eggs in coconut oil.

Notes
Brown eggs will turn a maroon color while white will turn pink.


3. YELLOW DYE

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs - Yellow

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs: Yellow Color
 
These naturally dyed, yellow-colored Easter eggs are much more beautiful than the neon-colored eggs created with traditional Easter egg coloring kits.
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Ingredients
  • 3-6 tablespoons ground turmeric (You may also use orange or lemon peels, yellow onion skins, carrots, chamomile tea, celery seed, green tea, ground cumin, and/or 3 pinches of saffron)
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Hard-boiled, white eggs

Instructions
  1. Heat water, vinegar, and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Add turmeric and stir well.
  3. Simmer for just a few minutes until the turmeric dissolves.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Add eggs to dye.
  6. Leave eggs in dye until they reach the desired color.
  7. Remove eggs and place on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
  8. For a slight shine, coat eggs in coconut oil.


4.  ORANGE DYE

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs - Orange Recipe

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs: Orange Color
 
These naturally dyed, orange-colored Easter eggs are much more beautiful than the neon-colored eggs created with traditional Easter egg coloring kits.
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups yellow onion peels (carrots or paprika can also be used)
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Hard-boiled white eggs

Instructions
  1. Place onion peels plus 5 cups of water into a saucepan.
  2. Add vinegar and salt to the pot.
  3. Simmer until desired color is reached.
  4. Strain onion peels with slotted spoon, reserving the liquid for dyeing.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat.
  6. Add eggs to dye.
  7. Leave eggs in dye until they reach the desired color.
  8. Remove eggs and place on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
  9. For a slight shine, coat eggs in coconut oil.


5. LIGHT-PURPLE DYE

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs - Light Purple - Recipe

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs: Light-Purple Color
 
These naturally dyed, purple-colored Easter eggs are much more beautiful than the neon-colored eggs created with traditional Easter egg coloring kits.
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Blackberries and concord or red grapes
  • Hard-boiled, white eggs

Instructions
  1. Heat 1 quart water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt in a saucepan.
  2. Add blackberries and concord or red grapes.
  3. Simmer for one hour.
  4. Strain fruit with slotted spoon, reserving the liquid for dyeing.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Add eggs to dye.
  7. Leave eggs in dye until they reach the desired color.
  8. Remove eggs and place on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
  9. For a slight shine, coat eggs in coconut oil.


6. GREEN/BLUE DYE

  • (Brown eggs will turn green and white eggs will turn blue)

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs - Blue-Green Recipe

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs: Green/Blue Color
 
These naturally dyed, green/blue colored Easter eggs are much more beautiful than the neon-colored eggs created with traditional Easter egg coloring kits.
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Ingredients
  • 1 large red cabbage head (about 1 pound) - (Other options for green dye include parsley, spinach leaves, fresh basil and/or liquid chlorophyll. Other options for blue dye include ½ cup blueberries plus 1½ cups water or purple grape juice.)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • Hard-boiled, white eggs

Instructions
  1. Shred 1 large red cabbage (about 1 pound).
  2. Place in a pot with water, vinegar and salt.
  3. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until desired color is reached.
  4. Strain ingredients with slotted spoon, reserving the liquid for dyeing.
  5. Remove the pot from the heat.
  6. Allow dye to cool.
  7. Add eggs to dye.
  8. Leave eggs in dye until they reach the desired color.
  9. Remove eggs and place eggs on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
  10. For a slight shine, coat eggs in coconut oil.

Notes
Brown eggs will turn green and white will turn blue.


7. BROWN DYE

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs - Brown Recipe

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs: Brown Color
 
These naturally dyed, brown colored Easter eggs are much more beautiful than the neon-colored eggs created with traditional Easter egg coloring kits.
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Ingredients

Instructions
  1. Heat coffee, vinegar and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Simmer for just a few minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Add eggs to dye.
  5. Leave eggs in dye until they reach the desired color.
  6. Remove eggs and place eggs on a drying rack or an upside down egg carton.
  7. For a slight shine, coat eggs in coconut oil.

Note: To give the naturally dyed Easter eggs a slight shine, coat them in coconut oil before placing on a drying rack or egg carton.


Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Conclusion

Naturally colored Easter eggs are beautiful and easy to make. By using coffee, fruits, spices and veggies, you can produce a variety of hues from soft pastels to deep, earthy tones.

Thoughts?

  1. Do you make naturally colored Easter eggs? If so, what do you think of the process?
  2. If you have any tips or tricks on how to dye eggs naturally, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Have a happy and healthy Easter!

Photo credits

  1. Real Simple Magazine
  2. Sustainable Dish

Author Details
Founder and CEO of BambooCore
Jennifer is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, MovNat Trainer, and a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle/Nutrition Coach. As the Founder and CEO of BambooCore Fitness, she delivers sustainable lifestyle, nutrition and movement strategies to people looking to improve their health and performance.

When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.
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Founder and CEO of BambooCore
Jennifer is a certified NASM Personal Trainer, MovNat Trainer, and a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle/Nutrition Coach. As the Founder and CEO of BambooCore Fitness, she delivers sustainable lifestyle, nutrition and movement strategies to people looking to improve their health and performance.

When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.

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