How to Dye Easter Eggs the Natural Way

Creating Natural Dyes  

Our recipe for Naturally Dyed Eggs is simple and just calls for a veggie, a fruit, a spice, distilled white vinegar, and of course, hard-boiled eggs. Raw beets are used for pinks and reds; blueberries create blues and purples, and ground turmeric is the source for yellows and golds.

For additional colors, experiment with some of these options using the same method in the recipe above.  

  • Yellow — Lemon or orange peels, carrots or celery seed
  • Orange — Paprika, cumin, chili powder or yellow onion skins
  • Red/Pink — Cranberries, raspberries or radishes
  • Purple — Hibiscus tea
  • Blue/Lavender — Red cabbage, blackberries, purple or red grape juice
  • Green — Spinach leaves
  • Brown/Beige — Coffee, tea or walnuts


These seven tips will help you minimize the mess and maximize the possibilities.

  • Boil your eggs and make the dyes the day before to save time.
  • Set up your dye station outside to avoid messy spills.
  • Dress in old clothes that you don’t mind staining.
  • Be sure to follow food-safety guidelines for refrigerated eggs.
  • These plant-based egg dyes often produce their own mottled pattern, but you can also create designs by wrapping kitchen twine around the egg before dipping, or produce leaf patterns by placing a leaf on the egg, then wrapping it in cheesecloth.
  • You might need to adjust the amounts of ingredients to get the colors you desire.
  • The color will get deeper the longer you steep.

Vegan Alternatives

Avoiding eggs but still want to get in on the fun? Try these vegan egg alternatives.

  • Often used at Christmastime, salt dough is great for making flat eggs for painting. Poke a hole in the top and string them for a festive garland.
  • Bake up vegan cut-out cookies like these Whole Wheat-Almond Butter Cookies; cut into egg shapes and decorate with vegan icing and sprinkles.