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Eggciting Natural Dyes March 31, 2010

Filed under: eco-friendly,healthy,holidays,non-toxic,recipes — MindfulMerchant @ 1:16 pm



One of our family Easter traditions is decorating eggs. Store bought egg colouring kits are effective and seem harmless but they are full of synthetic chemicals and artificial colours. I am trying to reduce our synthetic chemical exposure…so it seems strange to dye eggs (and our skin) just for a holiday craft.   This weekend I want to give natural food based colourings a try.  


  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a pan and cover with water.
  2. Add 1 tsp of vinegar.
  3. Add your natural dye ingredients…the more you use, the darker the colour.
  4. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer for 10-15 minutes.

The process sounds easy but I might have to play around with different ingredients for varying colour and intensity. For a glossy finished product you can rub the eggs with a little vegetable/olive oil when cooled.


Here are some natural egg dye options. Luckily, these are common foods you might have in your kitchen that will provide good colour. Frozen or fresh produce work equally well. Canned produce will give lighter, more subtle colours.


Red – pomegranate juice, raspberries, cherries

Pink – pickled beets, cranberries, red grape juice

Orange – paprika, yellow onionskins

Purple – blackberries

Green – spinach

Greenish/Yellow – yellow delicious apple peels

Yellow – turmeric, chamomile tea, green tea

Blue – blueberries

Brown – black tea, strong coffee


So, I am gearing up to conduct the natural egg dye “scientific” experiment. I figure the worst-case scenario my house stinks and we enjoy many egg salad sandwiches this weekend.  Wish me luck.




3 Responses to “Eggciting Natural Dyes”

  1. XUP Says:

    Good luck!! XUP Jr and I have never ever done anything special for Easter. From the very beginning she thought the entire idea of Easter was ridiculous and wanted no part of dying eggs or baskets of stuff brought by a mysterious large rabbit. FUnny. She fully embraced the whole Christmas thing and Halloween thing with little encouragement, but Easter not at all. Let us know how they dying experiment works out.

    • Thanks XUP. We do not really talk Easter Bunny talk…It is too ridiculous a concept. Our youngest totally buys into the Bunny, despite the fact that we never tried to “sell” the story. Our older daughter just plays along…since she loves chocolate. lol Have a great long weekend – the weather is supposed to be perfect. 🙂

  2. Cindy Says:

    I’m so bummed I didn’t read this before Easter!!! This is the first year I didn’t dye eggs with the kids. I think I will try to do this soon anyways 🙂 Who says you can only dye eggs at Easter anyways!?!?!

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