How to dye Easter eggs with natural methods: the practical guide

A traditional craft to do at Easter while having fun with the children

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By Manu

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Among the various Easter activities to enjoy fun moments with children, there are also activities with a long tradition, like dyeing eggs using natural methods. An old custom that reminds us that Easter can be much more than just an occasion to give and share the classic chocolate eggs. To do this, there are some natural methods to achieve vibrant and unique shades, using common ingredients easily found in the kitchen or garden.

In this article, we’ll explore some ways to naturally color eggs, achieving shades of blue, orange, dark brown, dark red, and yellow.

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

In addition to consuming them, you can experiment with homemade Easter eggs. However, if your young ones are too small or uninterested, you might consider embracing one of the most beloved Easter traditions among children: dyeing Easter eggs—the real ones from hens, that is.

This activity presents a wonderful opportunity to bond with your children, and opting for natural dyes instead of acrylic or tempera paints can enhance the experience even further. Interestingly, you can derive these dyes from vegetables and vegetable scraps.

To dye at least four dozen eggs, you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Large aluminum pots
  • A bottle of white vinegar
  • For DIY painting, the following ingredients:
    • Red cabbage
    • Yellow and red onions
    • Red and yellow beets
    • Red chard
    • Carrots
    • Dried chili peppers
    • Coffee

Preliminary Steps

The first thing to do is to hard-boil and then cool the eggs by boiling them for at least 5 minutes. Then, prepare the colorings according to the instructions provided below. Vinegar fixes the color, so it’s the basic ingredient for all recipes.

The final part of the process, coloring, involves immersing the eggs in the different dyes for a minimum of 10-15 minutes, longer if you desire more intense tones. Remember, the result is matte; the glossy effect is achieved by spreading each egg with cooking oil.

How to Dye Blue Eggs

Cut a red cabbage into quarters and use one quarter, further cutting it into pieces and placing it in a rather large container with 4 cups of boiling water.

Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and mix well, allowing it to cool well before using the dye. As you’ll see, the longer the eggs remain in the infusion, the more intense blue color they will assume.

How to Dye Orange Eggs

In a saucepan where you previously boiled 2 cups of water, add the outer parts of 6 yellow onions.

Add the peels when the water is already boiling, then let them sit for 15 minutes. Add a tablespoon of white vinegar, mix, and let it cool. Once the solution is cooled, immerse the hard-boiled eggs in the infusion and let them soak until they reach the desired shade of orange.

How to Dye Dark Brown Eggs

Proceed as for orange but using the peels of six red onions. For light brown, boil a handful of dried chili peppers in two cups of boiling water for 15 minutes, then add two tablespoons of vinegar, mix, and let it cool.

A variation of this solution is to leave the eggs in a solution of mocha coffee and also add two tablespoons of vinegar here. Immerse the hard-boiled eggs in the infusion and let them soak for several hours or overnight to achieve an intense and uniform color.

how to dye easter eggs

How to Dye Dark Red Eggs

Cut a red beetroot and place it in a large container, add 4 cups of boiling water, then add two tablespoons of vinegar, mix, and let it cool.

For pastel pink, chop 3 bunches of red chard, add 4 cups of boiling water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, mix, and let it cool. In both cases, leave the eggs to soak in the solution until they reach the desired shade of red, whether dark or pastel.

How to Dye Yellow Eggs

Cut a medium-sized yellow beet into pieces and place it in a pot with a quarter of red cabbage in pieces. Add 4 cups of boiling water, then mix everything by adding two tablespoons of vinegar.

For pastel yellow, simmer two carrots in two cups of water for 15 minutes, then add two tablespoons of vinegar and let it cool. Here again, you’ll need to immerse the previously boiled and cooled eggs until they reach the desired color shade.

Afterward, you can place the various colors in bowls to dip the brush multiple times to create fanciful multicolored eggs!

More Activities to do with Children

If you had fun learning how to dye Easter eggs with natural methods, here are other activities you can organize with children throughout the year: