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Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

It’s almost Easter—time to decorate some eggs! These are some great options for natural dyes for Easter eggs if you want to try something a little different this year. And the best part is, you can eat what you don’t use.

Onion Skin

Put your uncooked eggs in a pot with the onion skins and enough water to submerge the eggs. Boil on medium-high heat for 20 minutes and you’ll get a yellow-orange hue! Use your leftover onions for a savory meal.

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Turmeric

Add six tablespoons of powdered turmeric and a tablespoon of white vinegar to four cups of very hot water. Stir until the turmeric dissolves. Put your hardboiled eggs into the dye solution and allow to yellow for about 20 minutes.

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Red Cabbage

Surprisingly, red cabbage turns eggs a lovely shade of blue! Boil a whole chopped red cabbage in four cups of water. Reduce heat to low and simmer for an hour. Remove from heat, cool to warm and strain out the cabbage. Place your hardboiled eggs into the dye and remove them once you’ve reached your desired color.

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Blueberries

Get a deep indigo shade from adding a pint of blueberries to four cups of water. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the blueberries after the water cools to warm. Add a dash of vinegar and let your hardboiled eggs soak until you’re happy with the saturation.

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Spinach

Boil two cups of spinach and two tablespoons of vinegar in four cups of water for five minutes. Once the mixture cools, put your hardboiled eggs into the strained water and allow to dye for about ten minutes or until desired green has been reached.

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Beets

Combine chopped beets and two tablespoons of vinegar in four cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Strain beets and cool dye. Add hardboiled eggs and wait until they turn red!

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