Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Use Ingredients from Your Garden for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Naturally dyed Easter eggs colored with items found in your kitchen and garden produce subtle and beautifully patterned edible eggs. My eggs came out looking like marble. Experiment for different looks.

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

This is a great project to do with the kids. It’s a science experiment that makes people realize not everything has to come in a kit or mix. Naturally dyed Easter eggs are back to nature at its best!

Just be sure not to use any toxic plants if you source items from your garden as I did.

Naturally-dyed Easter eggs are eggstra-fun because:

  • The eggs are dyed while they boil;
  • The results are unpredictable, so it’s fun experimenting;
  • The dye media are (mostly) free;
  • The eggs are less likely to crack while boiling because they’re cushioned.
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs in Nest
Naturally Dyed Eggs in Nest

Materials for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Materials for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
  • 1 doz. raw eggs
  • Cheesecloth or other thin loose-weave fabric cut into twelve 6-inch squares
  • Kitchen or any un-dyed twine
  • Scissors
  • Small pans to dye the eggs in – a separate pan for each color
  • White vinegar
  • Dye media – the best items I found were (from best down)
    • Red onion skins
    • Saffron threads
    • Flowers from a (non-toxic) tree in my garden
    • Brown onion skins
    • Red cabbage leaves
  • Optional – masking items to create un-dyed areas like small white flowers, small ferns and leaves
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Paper towels
  • Optional – vegetable oil for sheen
Boiling Eggs for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Directions for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Lay dyeing media on one of the cheesecloth squares. Put a raw egg in the middle. Gather the corners of the square and tie with kitchen twine.

Wrapping Egg in Leaf for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Wrapping Egg in Leaf

Cut off excess cloth. Place bundle in pan for dying.

Enclosing Egg in Cheesecloth for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

When all eggs are bundled and in the pans, cover the eggs in each pan with tap water. Add about a teaspoon of white vinegar to each pan to help set the colors. Set the pans on the stove top.

Turn on the heat. Bring water to boil and turn down the heat to simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove pans from stove. Use tongs to lift each egg from the water and place on paper towels to drain.

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs After Boilings

From Left To Right: red onion skin dyed eggs (They look pretty blah until they’re unwrapped, but then wow!); saffron threads; (non-toxic) flowers from the garden.

Run each bundle under water to cool and unwrap. Set aside to dry.

Cooling Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

If you want a glossy finish, rub a small amount of vegetable oil on the surface of each egg. Refrigerate.

Other Suggested Media for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

  • Purple grape juice
  • Red wine
  • Dill seeds
  • Instant coffee
  • Paprika
  • Pickled beet juice
  • Yellow apple skins

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