Alternative Natural Dyes for Dyeing Easter Eggs

I’ve been dyeing Easter eggs with boxed dyes for years. It seemed to be the most easy and convenient choice at the time (especially because I always want to dye them last minute). This happens year after year because I never decide to dye Easter eggs until I see boxes of dye at the store!

This year, I am ahead of the game! Not only have I already decided to dye Easter eggs (Easter is still two weeks away!), I have also looked up alternative ways of dyeing eggs to share with everyone! Keep reading for ideas!


From ABCNews

Fruit/vegetable juice:

  • blueberries – blue, purple
  • beets – magenta
  • grape – purple
  • spinach – green
  • red onion skin – red, purple
  • cranberries – purple, red

Herbs & spices:

  • curry powder – yellow, orange
  • paprika – red, orange
  • tumeric – orange, yellow


  • black tea – brown
  • coffee – brown

Vinegar is a necessity for the eggs to hold color. You will need 1 to 2 tbs per batch of dye.

There are a few different ways to dye your eggs. Here are two common types:

  • cold dipping method – dip eggs in solution and let sit
  • boiling method – boiling eggs with the dye

Using natural dyes can create unexpected patterns and colors on your Easter eggs. You can also mix different ingredients to create different shades of color. Experiment with your Easter eggs! You might find a new color that you love!

Do you know of any other natural ingredients for Easter egg dyeing? Share with us in the comments below! We would love to add more to the list!


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