Making Natural Easter Egg Dyes in a Variety of Colors

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My kids love dying Easter Eggs, but with a little one, I don’t like using those chemical dyes or food colorings that stain clothes. We prefer to dye using natural dyes. They still have the power to stain (I highly recommend “junk” clothes), but the stains don’t set as badly and there is no fear of the littlest one drinking any.

Learn how to dye Easter eggs using natural ingredients like onion skins, instant coffee, blueberries, beets and more. You'll be amazed with the results.

So what do we use to get our colors of the rainbow?

Red

Stir 2 tablespoons of paprika into 1 cup of boiling water. Then add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar.

Orange

Simmer the skin of yellow onions in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes. Then add 3 teaspoons of white vinegar.

Yellow

Steep 4 or more bags of chamomile tea in 1 cup or boiling water. Once cooled, add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar.

Green

Simmer the skin of red onions in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes. Once cooled, add 3 teaspoons of white vinegar.

Blue

Simmer blueberries in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes.

Purple

Mix 1 cup of grape juice and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar.

Pink

Mix 1 cup of pickled beet juice and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar.

Gold

Mix 3 tablespoons of instant coffee into 1 cup of boiling water.

Easter Egg Tips & Tricks

Many people only choose to dye white eggs, but we’ve dyed all shades of our brown eggs and had some beautiful results. Medium browns dyed pink turn to a beautiful mauve. Brown eggs dyed green turn a nice sage color.

For the bold colors, weigh the egg(s) down in the solution and leave overnight. Note: If you are soaking overnight, omit the vinegar until an hour before removing the eggs from the solution or the shells may become brittle.

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Better yet, find a local farmer who sells rainbow colored eggs and leave them au natural. We are blessed with some beautiful pinks, blues and green in our basket daily.

Two companies that I know of, Natural Earth Paint and Eco-Kids, carry natural egg dye kits if you don’t have the supplies on hand to make your owns. What I like about both of these companies is that they keep it affordable (which is sometimes rare when it comes to natural alternatives).

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Learn how to dye Easter eggs using natural ingredients like onion skins, instant coffee, blueberries, beets and more. You'll be amazed with the results.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

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Making Natural Easter Egg Dyes in a Variety of Colors — 7 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for this! I was just thinking about eggs for this year and how I’d like to do something more natural instead of store dyes. Plus, I love the more muted colors with natural dying instead of the bright store bought colors. Thanks for sharing at From The Farm! ~ MamaGing.com

  2. This is such an informative post , I did share.
    How do you farm on 1/4 acre?
    What restrictions do you face?
    I an still trying researching and would love to start with some chickens.
    I have a friend ( Janet , timber creek farm ) who has been kind enough to educate me about start up and care.
    Than you
    Wendy

  3. AWESOME!!!! Can’t wait to share!

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