How To: Natural Egg Dyes

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This year make your own natural dyes from market ingredients!

Yellow: Strongly brewed chamomile tea creates a soft yellow.  Other options: Two cups water + 1 tablespoon turmeric + 2 tablespoons vinegar creates a vibrant yellow.

Green or Blue:  2 cups shredded purple cabbage + enough water to cover cabbage by 1 inch + vinegar (1 tablespoon per remaining cup after the dye is boiled) Note: Brown eggs will turn green and white eggs will turn blue.

Orange: 2 cups yellow onion peels + enough water to cover skins by 1 inch + vinegar (1 tablespoon per cup of liquid that remains after you simmer the onion peels and water)

Pink: Two cups water + two cups peeled, grated beets + vinegar (1 tablespoon per cup of liquid that remains after you simmer the grated beets and water)

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What you’ll need:

  • Natural dye materials (shredded beets, turmeric, etc)
  • Filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar per dye color
  • pots for simmering ingredients and boiling eggs
  • mesh strainer
  • small bowls or mason jars (order mason jars here)
  • eggs
  • coconut or olive oil (optional – for adding luster to eggs)


  1. Bring dye matter and water to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15-60 minutes until desired color is reached. Keep in mind that the eggs will be several shades lighter so it’s best to go for deep, rich hues.
  2. Remove liquid from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Pour dye through a mesh strainer into bowls/mason jars and add 1 tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of dye liquid.
  4. Add hardboiled eggs to dye and place in fridge until desired color is reached. I started mine in the early afternoon and let them set overnight.

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