How to Dye Easter Eggs With Plants

  • 01 of 06

    Shrek Potato

    Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
    Eggs Dyed With Food. Molly Watson

    If you're reading this, it's probably that time of year again. When plain old hum-drum eggs turn pink and yellow and blue. Tablets and packets are all fine and good, but it's also easy to dye beautiful Easter eggs using food. Red cabbage makes any white egg look as lovely blue as a robin's egg, and turmeric or saffron create a bright, sunny yellow.

    I've tried a lot of dyes over the years, so I'm not going to pass along the ones that don't work. Spinach-for-green-eggs...MORE I'd heard so much about was a disappointment. Yes, the eggs turned a bit green, but it was so pale... I'm not sure it was worth the effort. The blue from red cabbage and the yellow from the turmeric and the pink from the beets, though, those were fabulous.

    It's easy to dye Easter eggs naturally, using dyes made from foodstuffs – fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Get specifics below.

    Note: Before you get started, you may want to review how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs.

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  • 02 of 06

    How to Dye Eggs Blue

    Blue Easter Eggs
    Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. Molly Watson

    This beautiful robin egg's blue is easy to achieve with a dye made from red cabbage!

    1. Shred one cup red cabbage.
    2. In a medium pot over high heat, bring the cabbage and about 4 cups of water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes.
    3. Let cool, strain, and stir in 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar.

    For a very light blue, just dip eggs into the dye. For more color, let the eggs sit in the dye for several minutes. For more intense color, use the cooled dye to cook the eggs or...MORE let the eggs sit in the dye overnight in the fridge.

    Note: Red cabbage will turn brown eggs a lovely and sophisticated blue-gray shade.

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  • 03 of 06

    How to Dye Eggs Pink

    Pink Easter Eggs
    Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. Molly Watson

    The staining properties of beets, so annoying on wooden cutting boards and freshly manicured nails, comes in handy when dying eggs!

    1. Peel and chop 2 medium fresh beets.
    2. In a medium pot over high heat, bring the beets and about 4 cups of water to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes.
    3. Let cool, strain, and stir in 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar.

    For a very light pink, just dip eggs into the dye. For more color, let the eggs sit in the dye for several...MORE minutes. For more intense color, use the cooled dye to cook the eggs or let them sit in the dye, covered and chilled, overnight.

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  • 04 of 06

    How to Dye Eggs Yellow

    Yellow Easter Eggs
    Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. Molly Watson

    This stunning sunny yellow is made with turmeric. Saffron works, too.

    1. In a medium pot over high heat, bring 1 tablespoon turmeric and about 4 cups of water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes.
    2. Let cool, stir in 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, and use as dye.

    For a light yellow, just dip eggs into the dye. For more color, let the eggs sit in the dye for several minutes. For more intense color, just add the turmeric to the water in which you cook the eggs or let...MORE the eggs sit in the dye, covered and chilled, overnight.

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  • 05 of 06

    How to Dye Eggs Orange

    Orange Easter Eggs
    Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. Molly Watson

    This lovely deep orange is made with yellow onion skins.

    1. Put the skins from 2 or 3 yellow onions in a saucepan with about 4 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes.
    2. Let cool, stir in 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, and use as a dye.

    For the best results (and the deep truly orange pictured here), put the eggs in the dye and store them, covered and chilled, overnight. For a lighter orange, simply rub them with a paper towel when you remove them from the dye. 

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  • 06 of 06

    How to Dye Eggs Maroon

    Maroon Easter Eggs
    Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. Molly Watson

    These eggs look quite brown, but had more of a purple hue in person. They were made with red onion skins, which some people claim dye eggs green, but that's never worked for me.

    1. Put the skins/peels from 2 or 3 red onions in a saucepan with about 4 cups water.
    2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes. 

    Let cool, stir in 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, and use as a dye. The intense color pictured was achieved by leaving the eggs in the dye overnight in the fridge.