How to dye eggs naturally

With Easter around the corner I’ve been excited to dye eggs naturally instead of using the common chemical Easter egg dyes kits that are on the market. I love all things eco-friendly and I’m so excited to show you guys how to dye eggs naturally using plants!  Sometimes its fun to experiment with what you have on hand! I am blown away by how beautiful the eggs turned out.

I’ll be honest though, it wasn’t easy to make all of these. I spent hours in the kitchen boiling the plants in water, straining, soaking, etc. This is definitely something that will take an afternoon if you have the time. In the spirit of Easter and Springs arrival I think its worth it. Mila was also really excited to see the finished colored eggs. Come Easter we will do another batch where she will color and decorate them. 🙂

How to dye eggs naturally using plants

How to dye eggs naturally with plants

This is a fun activity to do with your little ones. Mila loved seeing the finished eggs!

First boil some eggs to dye – white or brown

I used mostly white and I had a few brown boiled eggs. Honestly, I didn’t like how they turned out with the blue dye, but I really like how they turned out in the brown dye. Since they are darker than white eggs already they gave it a beautiful rich tone in the brown dye. I dyed a lot of blue eggs therefore I made a large amount of dye. Scale the recipes as needed.

How to dye blue eggs

You will need:

  • Half of a purple cabbage
  • A pot to boil the cabbage in
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • A bowl to put the dye in
  • A strainer to strain the cabbage
  • A spoon

Purple cabbage is the amazing plant that makes a gorgeous natural blue dye. To make this blue dye first chop up the cabbage. Fill the pot with water and add the cabbage. Simmer for 30-40 minutes.

Drain the cabbage out and pour the dye into a large bowl. Add the vinegar and slowly add the baking soda, it will fizz. I added baking soda because I read that it helps make the blue dye more vibrant. Place your eggs in this bowl with the dye or whatever container you have. Put them in the fridge and let them soak overnight. I soaked mine for 15 hours, from 6 pm to 9 am.

All of the eggs are the same tone, so if you want variety take them out at different time intervals. The eggs turned out beautiful! In the photo below the egg on the far right was a brown egg. Personally I don’t like how it turned out, it didn’t turn much of a blue color at all. Using white eggs in the blue dye is my favorite, I love the vibrancy of the blue dye.

how to dye blue eggs

The blue egg matched the turquoise chip bracelet I made her. 🙂 This goes to show how beautiful and natural the tones are on eggs when they are dyed with plants that come from the earth.

How to dye purple eggs

You will need:

  • 3 beets
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • A pot to boil the beets
  • A bowl to put the dye in
  • A strainer to strain the beets
  • A spoon

Beets are really versatile and I love the gorgeous hues you can achieve with this plant. I’ve tried drying them and grinding them to make eye shadow years ago. To make this magenta/purple dye, dice up the beets and  place them into a pot with the water. Simmer them for 35 minutes.

Drain the beets and place the dye into a bowl. Add the vinegar. Place your eggs in the dye and leave them in the refrigerator overnight. I left my eggs in the dye for 14 hours from 7pm to 9 am.

Enjoy your beautiful purple/magenta eggs! I left the two eggs on the left for the same amount of time but you can take them out at different time intervals to make various shades. The egg of the far right is a brown egg and it made more of a purple/red color which I really like.

How to dye purple eggs

The beet dyed purple eggs make the prettiest boiled eggs!

Tip: Make sure to boil older eggs. I used a fresh carton of eggs and they were difficult to peel. The older they are the easier they are to peel.

How to dye brown eggs

You will need:

  • 5 cups of water
  • Spring Mix – a blend of baby greens – baby romaine, chard, mizuna, raddichio, red leaf, green leaf oak leaf, arugula, spinach and butter lettuce. I get this Organic Spring Mix from Costco by Earthbound farm. You will need enough to fill a pot.
  • A pot to boil the spring mix in
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • A bowl to put the dye in
  • A strainer to strain the spring mix
  • A spoon

I love being able to use with what we have in the fridge and in this case experiment with it. We had some organic Spring Mix that was going bad, so I decided to throw them in a pot and see what dye they might make! I absolutely love the results. The baby greens made a brown dye that turned the eggs a gorgeous hue.

To make this brown dye place the Spring Mix and the water in a pot and simmer for 40 minutes. Strain the baby greens out and place the dye in a large bowl or container and add the vinegar. Let it sit overnight. I let mine sit in the dye for 16 hours, from 5 pm to 9 am. If you left them for longer I’m sure the brown would get even darker. The far right egg below was a brown egg. The dye transformed it into a dark mocha chocolate color that is stunning.

How to dye brown eggs

How to dye yellow eggs

You will need:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • A pot to boil the turmeric in
  • A spoon
  • A bowl to put the dye in

This recipe is for a smaller quantity of dye. I actually ran out of boiled eggs or else I would have dyed more. I would double the recipe if you plan to dye more than a couple eggs yellow. Turmeric is a spice that has a gorgeous yellow hue and out of all the dyes it was the easiest to make, since I didn’t have to dice up or strain anything.

Place the turmeric and water in a pot and simmer for 15 minutes. I was getting tired at this point lol but you can simmer it for longer. Pour the dye into a bowl and stir in the vinegar. Add your eggs and refrigerate overnight in the dye. I let my egg in the dye for 14 hours, from 7pm to 9 am.

The finished yellow egg dyed from turmeric is so pretty and earthy looking.

How to get light tan eggs

You will need:

  • 5 cups of water
  • A bundle bunch of cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • A pot to boil the cilantro in
  • A strainer to strain the cilantro
  • A spoon

This was another experiment with dying with whatever plant I had in the fridge, this time a bundle of cilantro. I don’t think this one was as successful since the color is so faint. I’m sure if you had the eggs soak for even longer the color would be darker.

To make this light tan dye, place the cilantro in the pot with water and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Drain the cilantro and play the dye into a bowl. Add the vinegar and baking soda. Place the eggs in the dye and refrigerate overnight. I soaked the eggs in the dye for 14 hours from 7 pm to 9 am.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to dye eggs naturally! Have you ever dyed eggs naturally with plants? What color and plant to use was your favorite?! I hope you try out this natural dying method!

 

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