How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Growing up it was tradition to dye Easter eggs in my home the week before Easter.  I fully intend to carry on this tradition with my children. We typically do the PAAS egg dyes, but this year I decided that I wanted to try something new: dye Easter eggs naturally (or dye-free). It’s not that I worry about my kids being covered in dye once a year or that I am worried about it affecting them (though, red dye makes me squirm). I really just wanted to do something different and it looked like a lot of fun! So look no further but below for how to dye Easter eggs naturally!

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I started researching all the fun fruits, vegetables and liquids that dye eggs naturally and ultimately decided on these four (we actually did yellow onions and spinach but they did not come out well and had a very light yellow/green color):
-beets
-blueberries
-coffee
-tumeric

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There were so many ways to dye the Easter eggs naturally so I pulled some of the easy ones. Here is  step-by-step guide for dying Easter eggs naturally!

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Beets
color: pink

Ingredients:
-1 jar of pickled beets
-2 cups water
-2 T. vinegar

1. Put your beets and water in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 15-25 minutes.
2. Strain your liquid into a bowl and mix with vinegar.
3. Let your dye cool and then set your PRE-HARD BOILED eggs in your dye for roughly 30 minutes.

Blueberries
color: blue

Ingredients:
-2 cups frozen blueberries
-2 cups water
-2 T. vinegar

1. Put your blueberries and water in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 15-25 minutes.
2. Strain your liquid into a bowl and mix with vinegar.
3. Let your dye cool and then set your PRE-HARD BOILED eggs in your dye for roughly 30 minutes.

Tumeric
color: yellow

Ingredients:
-1.5 T tumeric
-2 cups water
-2 T vinegar

1. Put your tumeric and water in a pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 15-25 minutes.
2. You don’t really need to strain here, but if you have a tiny strainer it may remove some grains if there are any.
3. Let your dye cool and then set your PRE-HARD BOILED eggs in your dye for roughly 30 minutes.

Coffee
color: brown

Ingredients:
– cold coffee
-2 T. vinegar

1. I did not measure for this one to be honest. I just poured enough coffee to cover my eggs and added in my vinegar.
2. Place  your PRE-HARD BOILED eggs in your dye for roughly 30 minutes.

This is definitely more work than just dropping the dye pods into a glass of water, but I enjoyed it as something different and new to do. Also, Emmett was totally covered in dye after this, so I did not mind the all-natural dye either at that point! Be sure to share with your friends so they can learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally!

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6 Comments

  1. Mary Leigh

    March 27, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    How fun?! I love that it’s all natural and it looks like Emmett loved it!

    1. wavesandlilacs

      March 28, 2018 at 10:39 am

      He was covered all over in dye and only smashed a couple 😉

      <3 bethany

  2. Sarah Martin

    March 28, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve been experimenting with this as well! I loved the turmeric and beets!

    1. wavesandlilacs

      March 29, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      The turmeric was fun with how much the color popped!

  3. jessica lynn

    March 31, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Well this is perfect timing! I’ve been wanting to try natural dyes for a long time!

    1. wavesandlilacs

      April 3, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Oh awesome! Can’t wait to hear how they turned out!

      <3 Bethany

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