Color Easter Eggs Naturally and Avoid Unhealthy Food Dyes

natural Easter egg dyes tutorialI don’t know about you, but I cringe at the sight of bright food dyes. They not only make food look unnaturally and unnecessarily colorful, they are plain unhealthy.

Did you know that food dyes have been linked to cancer, hyperactivity, and allergies?

I avoid them whenever I can, and I’m that mom who scrapes off that blue frosting from the birthday cake at my son’s friend’s party.

There’s simply no need for food dyes, they don’t enhance the flavor of food, and they are chemicals I don’t want in my son’s body. So this year I wanted to try out something new: dying Easter eggs with natural dyes. It was really easy and I love the results.

What You’ll Need to Dye Eggs Naturally

  • White eggs
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Glass jars or similar glass container
  • For blue eggs: purple cabbage or blueberries (can be frozen)
  • For yellow eggs: a few teaspoons of turmeric or curry
  • For pink eggs: chopped beets
  • For green eggs: chopped spinach
  • For orange eggs: paprika spice

Tutorial for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Boil a dozen or so eggs for 10+ minutes to make hard-boiled eggs. Make a few extra just in case some crack. (If they do, you can make alien eggs, which are described below!)

I made two colors — yellow and blue – and I used red cabbage out of a jar and curry powder.

You will do the same thing for every colors:

  • Chop up two cups of the ingredients or add several teaspoons of the spice
  • Add two cups of water and a tablespoon of salt, and let the mixture boil for ten minutes
  • Strain the dye, put it into a glass container, add a tablespoon of vinegar, and then add the egg

Let the egg sit in the dye for a while – the longer you wait, the more vibrant the color will be. To make the dark blue egg took about three hours, for example.

I’d dyes one egg at a time so they will be evenly colored. And you can have fun with the design of the eggs: if you mark them with wax, that part won’t be colored. I love how my blue egg with wax turned out, and I made one more with my son’s initial.

You can also put a rubber band around the egg before lowering it into the dye, which will leave lines. I did that with my yellow egg, but it’s hard to see.

Bonus Idea: Make an Alien Egg

alien egg made with natural food dye

I remembered seeing an “alien” egg on Pinterest and tried making one. Since the colors are more subtle compared to conventional food dyes, the results are not as stunning, but my son loved how the alien egg turned out.

Crack the shell of the hard-boiled egg by hitting it on the table, and then dye it. A small amount of dye will make its way through the shell and get deposited on the white of the egg. Since the dyes are natural, they are edible.

Have fun coloring your Easter eggs the natural way this year! It’s healthier, plus you’ll avoid dumping all that fake dye down the drain.

You could get your kids involved and make this a family affair and learning experience for the kids about creating natural colors with vegetables.

If you are inspired to dye Easter eggs naturally this year, let me know how they turn out in a comment.

~ Dagmar Bleasdale of Dagmar’s Home

Comments

  1. Jena Carr says:

    Very helpful, and great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Robin O says:

    We would definitely like to avoid unhealthy dyes!
    Thanks for the safer alternative instructions.
    Happy Easter to all!

  3. Sarah says:

    Totally trying “alien eggs” this weekend!

  4. joanna garcia says:

    omg love this! i have always wondered if there was a way to do this with natural ingredients instead of those harmful food colorings Thanks so much

  5. Shana Trahan says:

    The alien egg looks super cool. That would be a fun way to add boiled eggs to other foods, such as salads for kids. Chopped up peices of alien died eggs sounds delicious!

  6. Nicci Tapp says:

    Fantastic idea!

  7. Dr. Erika Krumbeck says:

    I tried the natural dyes this year too! The cabbage didn’t work at all, but I put 1/4 cup of huckleberries in a jar with some vinegar (terrible waste of huckleberries, I know). I left an egg in there overnight – what a beautiful, mottled purple color it turned!

  8. Kelly A. Tanner says:

    I had no idea that artificial dyes were so unhealthy! Thanks for the natural dye ideas!

  9. Cheryl Rahkonen says:

    Thanks for this great article. My daughters and I have been looking for alternate ways to dye Easter eggs without using harmful dyes. One daughter found instructions for using Kool-aid – but that is still food dyes. I am definitely trying these methods you gave in this article. I can’t wait to get started.

  10. Christina says:

    I never thought about using cabbage and beets to dye Easter eggs. :) I’m going to have to try this. Thanks!

  11. Krystle Featheringill says:

    Going to do this!

  12. kristin says:

    Love the safer dye chooses you’ve given!

  13. Elsa says:

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! “Any man would be forsworn to gain a kingdom.” [url=http://prototipos.unicauca.edu.co/blog4/entry.php?u=annily23&e_id=11258]Elsa[/url]

  14. I’ve heard some people talking about alternative egg dyes in my green circles, but I haven’t really paid much attention (my son is 8 1/2 months – no colored eggs this year). I love this idea and can’t wait to do this with my little guy next year! (the alien egg idea is super cool)

  15. MADDIE K says:

    My kids are all older now and dying eggs are not something we do often, but I do like the dying eggs using natural products.

  16. I absolutely love this idea. Definitely prefer natural methods, especially since they stain the inside of the eggs sometimes! Much rather ingest non toxic dyes!

  17. Thank you so much for this awesome post! I think we’re going to try the Alien Eggs! They look so cool!!! :)

  18. Rehannon says:

    Love the idea of coloring eggs naturally. Will definately try.

  19. Mackenzie says:

    Love this! So beautiful.

  20. Jacey H says:

    I can’t wait to naturally color our eggs with LO is bigger! This makes the eggs look so unique!

  21. Lettie says:

    I love that these eggs are colored with food and not dyes! Thanks for the information :)

  22. Nicole U says:

    I never thought of using natural dyes. I will be doing this next year. Thanks for the information!

  23. Sarah Camardo says:

    I love this!:) And the alien egg!;)

  24. Jen H says:

    if you want a beautiful yellow boil down some onion skins then boil your egg in them! its beautiful! (i do it year round… i also use same dye method for wool)

  25. Marcy says:

    So great, I will be saving this for when my 6 month old is a little older! I dye eggs year round with my nephews…it’s a great activity to do with young kids, especially picky eaters!

  26. Ashlie says:

    This is a great idea! I hadn’t thought about using those things for dying eggs. I’ll have to try it next year!

  27. Nicole N. says:

    Wish I would have seen this before Easter! Oh, well. My kids won’t know the difference if we try it a little later ;)

  28. Irene B. says:

    These are great natural dye ideas, thanks!

  29. Julia Babs says:

    This is just such a fantastic idea! I’d never thought of coloring eggs with natural food products rather than artificial dye…brilliant! I would feel totally safe doing this with my child, and then letting him eat the eggs too!

  30. I really like this idea and I think that my sons would love the alien eggs too. I will definitely keep this idea in mind for next Easter!

  31. Ruth Buning says:

    Great way of doing this, Thanks for the idea

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