Skip the packaged dyes and use veggies and spices to make vibrant Easter egg colors
Dyeing eggs is a highlight of Easter holiday traditions. Making homemade dyes is a safe and natural alternative for creating beautifully colored easter eggs. Natural dyes are vibrant, affordable, and incredibly easy to make!
1 cup red cabbage, shredded and chopped
2 beets, roughly chopped
4 tablespoons ground turmeric
6 cups water
3 tablespoons white vinegar
3 coffee cups to hold dye
Flower petals and leaves (optional)
- To make blue dye, combine the shredded cabbage, 2 cups water, and 1 tablespoon vinegar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, and let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the liquid into a coffee cup or other small container.
- To make red dye, combine the chopped beets, 2 cups water, and 1 tablespoon vinegar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and let it simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain the liquid into a cup.
- To make yellow dye, combine 4 tablespoons turmeric, 2 cups water, and 1 tablespoon vinegar in a saucepan. Stir on medium high heat for 5 to 10 minutes until turmeric dissolves, then transfer to a cup.
- After the dyes have cooled, place hard-boiled eggs in colored mixtures to soak. The red and yellow dyes will set quickly, but the blue dye may take a few hours to achieve a bright, vibrant hue.
- To add patterns and designs, collect flower petals and leaves from your yard. Place the petals and leaves on a plain egg and wrap thread around the egg multiple times until secure. Place the egg in dye, let it soak until you achieve your desired color, and then remove it from the dye. Remove the petals and leaves, and let the egg dry.