How To Make Natural Egg Dye

Looking for how to make natural egg dye to dye Easter eggs this year? We try to avoid artificial dyes and flavors as much as we possibly can, but it seems to be in everything these days. Especially around the holidays, like say Easter with all of its cute dishes containing colored eggs. No problem! You can dye eggs with natural ingredients around your house or from the store.
 
 
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How Do You Color Eggs Naturally

Dyeing eggs is one of my favorite Easter projects! Seriously I love dyeing eggs! Last year around this time our little cousins from the farm down the street came over for an egg dyeing pizza party! We had a blast! But just how do you dye eggs naturally? There are a lot of ways to naturally dye eggs to create lots of beautiful colors.

Things You Can Use To Naturally Dye Eggs:

Here are some things you can use to naturally dye eggs for Easter:

Orange  Yellow Onion Skins, Cayenne Powder or Chili Powder
Brown – Tea, Expresso Powder, or Coffee
Blue / Turquoise – Red Cabbage or Blueberries
Pink – Beets or Cranberries
Yellow – Tumeric Powder, Lemon, Carrots, Saffron, or Orange Peels
Lavender – Grape Juice
Purple – Red Wine
Green – Parsley, Green Tea Spinach
Red – Yellow Onion Skins + 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
 

Tips For Naturally Dye Eggs

  • Working with natural dyes means you’ll need to expose the eggs to the dye for a longer period of time. 
  • For lighter dyes use white eggshells, for darker dyes experiment with darker shells. 
  • Cover your workspace when trying to naturally dye eggs. 
  • If you are using a solid vegetable instead of liquid like the juice of the beets or grape juice, chop the vegetables and boil until the water is colored.

Is It Better To Dye Eggs Hot Or Cold?

You can dye pre-hard-boiled eggs or boil your eggs in the dye, if you choose to go with the first method Refrigerate hard-cooked eggs before dyeing them and keep them refrigerated when you are not using them. Do not leave eggs out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.

 

How To Use Natural Egg Dye 

 

What You Need To Naturally Dye Eggs

 
  • Natural Dying Materials (choose some things from the list above)
  • Large Pot
  • White Vinegar
  • Small Bowels
  • Wisk
  • Water
  • Tongs
  • Drying Rack
  • Paper Towels
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Color Guide For Natural Egg Dye

To use natural egg dye to color your Easter eggs:

  • Deep Gold: Boil eggs in turmeric solution, 30 minutes.
  • Sienna: Boil eggs in onion-skin solution, 30 minutes.
  • Pale Yellow: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes.
  • Orange: Soak eggs in room-temperature onion-skin solution, 30 minutes.
  • Dark Rich Brown: Boil eggs in black coffee, 30 minutes.
  • Light Brown: Soak eggs in room-temperature black coffee, 30 minutes.
  • Chartreuse: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 5 seconds.
  • Salmon: Soak eggs in room-temperature turmeric solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature onion-skin solution, 30 minutes.
  • Light Pink: Soak eggs in room-temperature beet solution, 30 minutes.
  • Royal Blue: Soak eggs in room-temperature cabbage solution overnight.
    Lavender: Soak eggs in room-temperature beet solution, 30 minutes. Follow with room-temperature cabbage solution, 30 seconds.
  • Light Blue: Soak eggs in room-temperature cabbage solution, 30 minutes.
 

Directions For Using Natural Egg Dye

 
Natural Egg Dye Step 1: Add 1-quart water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the pot. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl and then return to the pot.
 
Natural Egg Dye Step 2: Drop whole raw eggs in a pot of strained dye, a great way to do this is by using a whisk to gently lower the egg into the water (this is great when little helpers are involved). Bring the eggs and dye to a boil for the amount of time (check above for each color), leave the eggs in the dye for as little as 5 seconds or as long as overnight, depending on the shade you wish to achieve. 
 
Natural Egg Dye Step 3: Remove the boiled and dyed eggs with tongs, pat dry with paper towels, and let dry on a rack. Store in the refrigerator and use rather quickly, because natural dyes can have a tendency to fade from the shells. 
 
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What Kind Of Vinegar Do You Use To Naturally Dye Eggs

White vinegar is typically the kind of vinegar you use when naturally dying eggs. 

Can I Color Eggs Without Vinegar?

 

Yes, you can naturally dye eggs for easter without Vinegar, the eggs will tend to come out in pastel colors. You can also opt for lemon juice if you don’t have vinegar on hand. 

 

Can I Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Naturally Dye Eggs

Yep! Apple Cider Vinegar contains the same acidity as white vinegar that is necessary for naturally dying eggs! Because of the color of the Apple Cider Vinegar, it might cause the color of the dye to change- but who knows it may make it even better. 

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