Try Dyeing your eggs Naturally this Easter!

| April 6, 2011

Tomorrow is Easter and Easter wouldn’t be the same without traditional dyed eggs.

Do You Know?
The tradition of dyeing eggs goes back to medieval times when people made “pace” eggs to celebrate spring and Pasch, the original name given to Easter or Passover.

I didn’t know that!


This year make it Green and try dyeing your Easter eggs naturally by making natural dyes from foods.

Who needs all those store bought chemicals when you can make more vibrant and varied colors yourself.

While the eggs simmer away, you can chop and boil the vegetables that will soon become the color for your eco-egg festivities.

Dyeing Easter eggs can be a great way to spend time together and by making your own dyes you can learn about the different ingredients and maybe

introduce a quick lesson on each of the foods used to make the natural dyes. You can discuss, examine, smell and in some cases, taste the items.

Lets get started:

  • Hard boiled eggs (preferably white eggs since they take on the dyes better than brown eggs but the brown make for nice variation)
  • Ingredients to make your dyes, which I will discuss in more detail below – As a guideline, use up to 4 cups for vegetable solids and 3–4 tablespoons for spices per quart. Mash up fruits.
  • White vinegar (2 Tablespoons for every quart of water)
  • Several pots and bowls
  • Optional: stickers, rubber bands, and crayons for decorating the eggs and making interesting patterns
  • Egg cartons for drying
  • for a glossy look, rub your eggs with vegetable oil after they are dry

Some recipes from Martha Stewart:

Select a dyeing ingredient, and place it in the pot using the amount listed below. Add 1 quart water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar to pot; if more water is necessary to cover ingredients, proportionally increase the amount of vinegar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl.

Cold-Dipping Method
With this method, the eggs and the ingredients for the dye are boiled separately. Using a metal spoon, lower cooled hard-boiled eggs into a bowl of cooled dye, and let them soak for as little as 5 seconds or as long as overnight, depending on the depth of color you desire. Remove eggs with spoon, pat dry with paper towels, and let dry on a wire rack. The cold-dipping method produces subtle, translucent shades, but can result in uneven coloring unless the eggs are rotated vigilantly while in the dye. For hollow eggs that will last indefinitely, cold-dip raw eggs, then blow them out after they are dyed.

Boiled Method
This method involves boiling the eggs with the dye; the heat allows the dye to saturate the shells, resulting in intense, more uniform color. Set raw eggs in a pot of strained dye; bring to a boil for the amount of time specified in our color glossary (see below). Remove and dry eggs as with the cold-dipping method.

Here are a list of possible ingredients for some amazing colors:

Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)

Brown or Beige
Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea

Brown Gold
Dill Seeds

Brown Orange
Chili Powder


Spinach Leaves (boiled)

Greenish Yellow
Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)

Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice

Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)


Pomegranate juice
Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)

Violet or Purple
Violet Blossoms
Hibiscus tea
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)

Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Celery Seed (boiled)
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled) or Saffron

Have fun and have a Happy Easter!


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