Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

By Brenda Hyde

Families have been dying eggs since the medieval times. Of course, they didn't just pick up some food coloring or dye kits at the store, they used natural items to dye their eggs beautiful colors. This year try creating your own egg dyes!

You will need:

hard boiled eggs

boiling water

white vinegar

Any or all of the following:

red onion skins

yellow onion skins

lukewarm strong coffee

red cabbage




Hard boil your eggs ahead of time, or as the dye is boiling. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar per quart of boiling water. Add your natural ingredients and boil for about 20 minutes. Strain the dye and cool to warm.

This is not an exact science! The kids will be surprised at the end result because what you see is not always what you get! You can also try placing rubber bands around the eggs before dipping.

For nicer colors you will need to soak the eggs for at least 5 minutes, so have a station set up with bowls just big enough to immerse one egg and the kids can be dying and preparing the eggs at the same time in a little assembly line.

Be sure to have the kids work on layered newspapers and have everyone wear OLD clothes. I am sure we have all had blueberry stained clothing at one time another.

Have fun and be creative! These dyes take a little more work but it will involve the entire family in making memories!

About the author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer and editor of She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three children.


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