Natural Dye for Easter Eggs (fun & creative ideas!)

By 3 m read

 

Natural dye for Easter Eggs (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
(Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Easter is the time of year to have some fun with arts & crafts, adults & kids alike! We decided to decorate using all-natural dyes & some products we found around the house & yard. Using natural dye for Easter eggs is easy to do and a lot of fun too!

Ingredients for colors on white eggs

  • Lavender:  2 cups red onion skin
  • Light red:  2 cups yellow onion skin
  • Dark red:  2 cups chopped beets
  • Sepia/brown:  2 tea bags
  • Orange:  3 Tbsp chili powder
  • Yellow: 2 Tbsp turmeric powder
  • Blue/purple:  2 cups red cabbage or 2 cups crushed blueberries

 

After decorating raw eggs (see below), add coloring ingredients to 2 cups water and 2 Tbsp white vinegar. Add eggs to the same pot and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 15 minutes, then remove from stove and let soak another 15 minutes. If you’d like your color to be darker or more intense, simmer longer and/or let soak longer until desired color is achieved (you can even let them soak in the refrigerator overnight!).

Decorating Ideas using Natural Dye for Easter Eggs

 

  • Wrap multiple thin rubber bands or string around eggs in varying directions for a striped look
    Natural dye for Easter Eggs (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
    (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
  • Tie a lacy doily around the egg, secured at the top with a rubber band or string, for an intricate pattern

 

  • Apply hole-reinforcement stickers for cool circles (those stickers to protect your pages from ripping out of a binder)

 

  • Place a flower on your egg.  Wrap it inside a bit of pantyhose, tied at both ends, to hold it in place.
    Natural dye for Easter Eggs (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
    (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
  • Drip rubber cement onto eggs in any pattern you like

 

  • Spray paint stencils onto your egg

 

  • Cut painter’s tape into thin strips and wrap around the egg in different directions
    Natural dye for Easter Eggs (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
    (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

 

  • Cut mailing labels into abstract geometric shapes and apply in an open mosaic pattern

 

  • Wrap a wide rubber band (the kind that holds produce together) around the egg, for a cool wide stripe
    Natural dye for Easter Eggs (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
    (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

 

  • Wrap eggs in scraps from an old silk tie, to transfer the image

 

  • Draw any image or words onto your egg using a Sharpie marker
    Natural dye for Easter Eggs (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
    (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
  • Splatter paint eggs with brown and gold paints before simmering in dye, for a speckled egg effect

 

  • Stamp words, names, or images onto your egg using a stamp kit

 

  • Place branches from bushes or leaves from herbs onto your egg. Wrap it inside a bit of pantyhose, tied at both ends, to hold it in place.
    Natural dye for Easter Eggs (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
    (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
  • Paint designs or patterns onto the egg before simmering in dye

 

  • Wrap eggs in a textured fabric, like lace or tulle

 

  • Cut a bandaid into fun geometric shapes and stick onto the egg
    Natural dye for Easter Eggs (Photo by Erich Boenzli)
    (Photo by Erich Boenzli)

Love eggs? Check out a few of our egg recipes now!

 

Did you try using natural dye for Easter eggs? Let us know in the comments below!

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