Friday, April 6, 2012

Natural Easter Egg Dye

It's time to dye eggs for Easter! Even though the kids are grown, and we have no grandchildren (yet), I dye eggs every year. I use them to make deviled eggs and egg salad instead of having an Easter egg hunt. 

This year I decided to forgo the food coloring and do some experimenting with natural dyes. My favorite colors were blue from red cabbage (the red cabbage dyed the water purple and the eggs blue), yellow from chamomile tea, and pink from beets. The intensity of the color varies by the amount of time the eggs soak in the dye. I left some in the refrigerator overnight.

Blue: Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.

Yellow: Steep 4 bags of chamomile tea in 2 cups of  boiling water for 10 minutes. Add 2 teaspoons vinegar.

Pink: Cut 1 medium beet into chunks (I used about 10 slices of canned pickled beets instead.) and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar and cool to room temperature; remove beets.

The BHG website has recipes for making more colors using onion skins, orange and apple peels, flowers, and spices.

Have a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend! I hope you enjoy time with family and friends to celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior.


  1. Love the soft colors, especially the blue. Good to know.

  2. Sallie...I so appreciate you giving us these recipes for the natural dyes. I've heard about the onion skins etc. but I really like the beautiful ones you did. I have everything on hand and eggs already boiled. So off I go.

    Wishing you a joyous Easter.


    1. Nann, I hope you had a wonderful Easter! Did you get a chance to try some natural dyes? I can't wait to hear about the results!

  3. These are so pretty! I do love the natural hue when using these natural dyes compared to food coloring, etc. Gonna have to try this next year! I'm a Texas girl too, and excited to find you on the Haven list...can't wait!!

    1. Janis, this was my first try dyeing eggs with natural items. I think I'll try even more next year. I'll plan ahead and save onion skins and apple and orange peelings for a couple of weeks.

  4. I love the softness of the colors.


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