6 Simple DIY Easter Dyes You Can Make at Home

by Matty ByloosMarch 10, 2016

You Can Be the Easter Bunny Too

Easter is a wonderful holiday full of chocolate, bunnies, and of course, those pastel colored eggs that seem to put smiles on everyone’s faces. This year, rather than go to all the trouble to hunt for the perfect store-bought dye for your kids’ Easter eggs, why not try making the dye yourself? After all, it will cost less money and save you some time, too. What more could you ask for?

Making things even better, there are many simple ways you can make your own Easter egg dye, in tons of traditional and fun colors. Typically, the ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. Read on to find out several different ways you can make multi-colored dyes for your Easter eggs this holiday season!
Easter Bunny with egg

Dyeing Methods for Eggs

There are two ways to dye your Easter eggs: cold dipping and hot boiling. By cold dipping your eggs, you can create shades that are pastel hued and more delicate. Boiling the eggs might make for a richer and more vibrant egg dyeing experience, so consider that first.

The cold-dipping method, though maybe not the norm, allows for the eggs to be used in a variety of ways after the holiday. And with the cold-dipping way, you can also dye each egg more than one color, too!

The best ingredients to use for dying your eggs are natural, whole ingredients such as turmeric, blueberries, paprika, cranberries, radishes, spinach leaves, walnuts, and coffee. The key here is to make sure you let the liquid cool off after you have finished boiling the color-producing ingredient, and mixing in the citric component.

Blue Is the Best

In order to make blue egg dye with natural, non-toxic ingredients, you’ll need a package of frozen blueberries, water, and some lemon juice. Boil 2 cups of water and add 3 ½ cups of blueberries. Strain out the blueberries, and stir the lemon juice into the remaining liquid. Now you have natural, blue dye!
Dyed Easter eggs

Mellow Yellow

In order to make the most sunshine-y color, boil 2 tablespoons of turmeric in 2 cups of water. Once the concoction has boiled for five minutes, stir in 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Now you should have a lovely pastel yellow that’s just perfect for decorating your Easter eggs!

Sassy Orange

Orange coloring is easy and fun to make. Simply boil two tablespoons of paprika in 2 cups of water, and stir in 1 tablespoon of vinegar. This should create a rich, vibrant orange color. If not, add more paprika!

Rambunctious Red

The same process must be repeated; 2 cups of water brought to a boil, with cranberries, radishes, beets, or raspberries added to produce the red coloring. Stir in one teaspoon of distilled white vinegar after the boiling liquid has cooled down.

Pugnacious Purple

To create a truly rich purple, hibiscus leaves are the best option for your Easter eggs, and loose leaf hibiscus tea from the store will work well. The same principle applies here; stirring in the white vinegar is a very important step, as it gives the egg its dyeing properties.

Green Means Go

The oddest ingredient used in the dyeing of the Easter eggs is that needed to make green coloring. Yep, you guessed it. Spinach produces the best green dye when boiled in 2 cups of water and distilled with white vinegar. The smell might be off-putting for anyone besides Popeye, but we can promise that the color will be beautiful!
Easter Concept. Small bunny rabbit arranged in easter background.

How to Actually Dye the Eggs

The actual process of dying the eggs is easy. Simply submerge the hard-boiled egg in the dye, turn often for even coating, then let dry. Dip in another color as well if you would like multi-colored festive eggs!

Before you dye the eggs, however, check carefully for cracks or small fissures that might allow any of the dye to seep into the egg. This will make for a yucky snack rather than a delicious holiday treat. Dye carefully and let your creativity bloom on Easter!

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Matty Byloos
Matty is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. He's a newly minted homeowner who currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife. When he's not working, he enjoys writing fiction, working on the house, and enjoying the amazing nature that the city has to offer. He is also the founder of NOVEL Creative Agency.

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