Most of us grew up using store bought Easter egg coloring kits-the kinds that came with pages of stickers, a cardboard egg holder and of course, a half a dozen little pellets of bright solidified dyes in every color of the rainbow.
Thankfully, there’s a much more natural, and chemical free approach to dyeing Easter eggs, one where you may already have all of the ingredients you’ll need right in your own pantry or refrigerator. Using different foods for coloring is relatively easy to do, and depending on what is used, can produce a great variety of beautiful shades of color.
How to Dye Easter Eggs Using All Natural Coloring
Before beginning, make sure to boil all of your eggs, just the same as you would using any other coloring method. Allow to cool. Try the following to create certain colors (or experiment with your own combinations for more fun!):
- Yellow: use turmeric. Boil 1 quart water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt in a med. pan. Add 5 tablespoons of ground turmeric and stir well (remember this may dye your spoon yellow too!). Simmer until dissolved.
- Red: use beets. Chop 1-2 beets into small pieces. Place them into a med. pan and add 1 quart water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid and use for dyeing.
- Green: use spinach. Bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Put about 8 oz. of spinach leaves in the pot of water and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the water begins to turn the desired shade of green. Using frozen spinach will work just as well.
- Blue: Use 2 cups of blueberries. Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add blueberries and simmer for about 10 minutes. Cool and strain the liquid to use for dyeing.
Once all of the liquid has cooled, submerge the eggs into the chosen colors for about 30 minutes, or even a bit longer-depending on how deep of a color you want to achieve. Remove the eggs and place them on a cooling rack to dry. Once dried, store them in the fridge until they’re ready to be used!