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Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Total Time

4 h

Prep 45 m


12-24 dyed eggs

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Total Time

4 h

Prep 45 m


  • Yields: 12-24 dyed eggs

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  • 2 cup(s) coarsely chopped red beets, (red dye)
  • 2 cup(s) coarsely chopped purple cabbage, (blue dye)
  • 2 tbsp(s) turmeric powder, (yellow dye)
  • 12 cup(s) water
  • 3/4 cup(s) white vinegar
  • crayons or rubber bands, for adding designs and pictures (optional)
  • 12 eggs, (or up to 24), hard boiled and cooled completely (white eggs take the dye better)
  • empty egg cartons, for drying eggs
  • coconut or olive oil, for adding shine to dyed eggs (optional)
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  1. Add four cups of water to three separate sauce pans; add the beets to one sauce pan, the cabbage to another, and turmeric to the third. Bring the mixtures to a boil, partially cover the pans, and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  1. Strain the mixtures, one at a time, through a fine mesh strainer into their own glass jar or bowl. Don’t worry if you’re unable to strain all of the turmeric powder out of the dye mixture.
  1. Transfer dyes to the refrigerator and allow them to cool completely, at least 2 hours.
  1. Once the dyes are cool add ¼ cup of vinegar to each color.
  1. If desired, add designs by drawing on the eggs with crayons or by wrapping them in tightly- fitted rubber bands.
  1. Gently add the eggs to prepared dyes using a slotted spoon. You can add several eggs to each dye at once, just make sure the eggs are completely covered. Allow eggs to remain in the dye for 30 minutes and up to 8 hours (in the refrigerator). The longer they stay in the dye, the darker the final color will be. Remove the eggs from the dye with a slotted spoon once the desired color is reached.
  1. Allow dyed eggs to air dry completely in empty egg carton. If you used rubber bands, allow eggs to dry completely before removing. Apply a thin layer of oil to the eggs to give them a natural shine. Be sure to store your dyed eggs in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat them.

For additional colors, try these combinations:

One cup blue dye + one cup red dye = purple

One cup yellow dye + one cup blue dye = green

One cup yellow dye + one cup red dye = orange


  • Dyes can be made several days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
  • Natural dyes stain too! Be sure to protect your egg-dying area by covering it with several layers of newspaper and have little ones wear old clothes.
  • Naturally dyed eggs may change color slightly after drying, often taking on a unique, almost tie-dyed look.
Source: Heather Pratt

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