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Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipe

Make your own easy natural egg dye with vegetables, fruit and spices you have around the house. Ditch the chemical dye for Easter eggs you can feel good about.
Keyword Easter recipe, Easy DIY, How-to, Natural egg dye, Spring recipe
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 cup each dye
Cost $6

Equipment

  • Small saucepans at least 3 cups capacity
  • Food processor or knife and cutting board
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Bowls
  • Large spoon
  • Small mason jars or teacups to hold the dye
  • Drying rack (optional)
  • Materials to decorate eggs such as rubber bands, stickers, crayons (optional)
  • Cheesecloth for straining (optional)
  • Large whisk (optional)
  • One-hole egg blower (optional)
  • Kitska, beeswax and candle for pysanky (advanced optional)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 1 cup red beet
  • 1 cup yellow onion skins
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 3 tablespoons turmeric powdered spice
  • 2 tablespoons matcha tea powder
  • 1 cup black coffee 2x or 3x strength, instant or brewed
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 dozen eggs white, brown or green

Optional ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil for shine

Instructions

Red cabbage dye

  • Chop the cabbage leaves
  • Measure one cup cabbage and one cup water into the saucepan
  • Simmer for 20 minutes
  • Strain through the fine mesh strainer and let cool
  • For clearer color, strain through the optional cheese cloth
  • Add one tablespoon white vinegar
  • Pour into a small mason jar

Red beet dye

  • Chop the beet peels and trimmings
  • Measure one cup beets and one cup water into the saucepan
  • Simmer for 20 minutes
  • Strain through the fine mesh strainer and let cool
  • For clearer color, strain through the optional cheesecloth
  • Add one tablespoon white vinegar
  • Pour into a small mason jar

Yellow onion skin dye

  • Roughly chop or tear the onion skins
  • Measure one cup onion skins and one cup water into a saucepan
  • Simmer for 20 minutes
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer and let cool
  • For clearer color, strain through the optional cheesecloth
  • Add one tablespoon white vinegar
  • Pour into a small mason jar

Blueberry dye

  • Measure one cup blueberries and one cup water into a saucepan
  • Simmer for 20 minutes
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer and let cool
  • For clearer color, strain through the optional cheesecloth
  • Add one tablespoon white vinegar
  • Pour into a small mason jar

Turmeric spice dye

  • Measure three tablespoons ground turmeric and one cup water into a saucepan
  • Stir well to break up lumps
  • Simmer for 20 minutes
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer and let cool
  • For clearer color, strain through the optional cheesecloth
  • Add one tablespoon vinegar
  • Pour into a small mason jar

Matcha tea dye

  • Measure two tablespoons matcha tea powder and one cup hot water into a bowl
  • Stir until the match is distributed and free of lumps
  • Strain through the fine mesh strainer
  • For clearer color, strain through the cheesecloth
  • Add one tablespoon vinegar
  • Pour into a small mason jar

Coffee dye

  • Brew or mix a strong cup of coffee and let cool
  • Add one tablespoon white vinegar
  • Pour into a small mason jar

Decorate and dye the eggs

  • Use rubber bands, stickers, and white wax crayons to make areas that remain dye free
  • Use colored crayons to draw designs
  • Gently use the large spoon to place an egg in the dye
  • Use the color guide table for dye times for different color intensities
  • Remove the egg. Pat but do not rub dry to reduce mottling.
  • Let dry completely on a drying rack or holder. The color must dry completely to withstand handling.
    Dry the egg completely on a drying rack or egg holder
  • For more intense color, dip and dye multiple times, or try different color combinations.
  • Optional: To reduce mottling from sediment, use the large whisk to elevate the egg in the dye. Open the wire loops to place an egg inside the whisk, then put the whisk/egg assembly in the dye. Make sure it won't tip over.
  • Optional: Wipe the dry eggs with a thin coat of vegetable or olive oil to bring out the color and shine.