How to dye Easter eggs using a homemade, natural dye

By Gatlin Beemus, Rype & Readi Contributing Blogger

natural dyes for Easter EggsWhat do you need?

  • Eggs
  • Radish
  • Red Cabbage
  • Blueberries
  • Flowers
  • Pantyhose
  • White Vinegar (2 tsp)
  • Water (4 Cups)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Wait Time: 12-18 hours


I have wanted to create a homemade and natural dye for quite some time now. No better time than the Easter season! These hard-boiled eggs will brighten up any dish. With the help of Rype and Readi, I was able to find all of my ingredients and make these beautiful eggs.

I started this fun Easter project at Rype and Readi. I picked out the juiciest looking blueberries, a radish, and a red cabbage. I then went to select my eggs. The farm market had an amazing selection so I chose to pick an egg from each of their chickens. I got blue, brown, and white eggs to test out the dye on their different types. I then picked out a bouquet of Dazy Poms, petted Scruff, and went on my way.

I boiled the eggs in a pot covered with one inch of water. Once the eggs began boiling I covered the pot, turned off the heat, and let the eggs sit for about 10 minutes. A dash of salt allows the eggs to peel easier when you are ready to indulge.

While the eggs were sitting I began cutting off some of the flowers and leaves. This is where the pantyhose comes in. Place the flowers and leaves on the eggs in the position you want them to remain while being dyed. I cut the hose in approximately 8 inch sections. I found it easiest to put the pantyhose on the egg just as if you were putting them on your feet. Scrunch the hose section up and put it on the egg all at once so that the flowers and leaves remain in place. Pull the hose tight and tie it up.

Now to start the dye! I started boiling 4 cups of water. I then began chopping and dicing the radish and half the head of red cabbage. Be careful, your fingers and cutting board will definitely get stained in the process. I then lightly mashed approximately half a container of blueberries in a big bowl. The cabbage and blueberries will give a deep blue dye to the eggs while the radish will create a purple tint. The combination of the three makes the richest and most vibrant color. The cabbage and radish was then placed in the same bowl as the mashed blueberries. I then added the 4 cups of the boiling water and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar into the bowl. You will immediately see the color of the water change as the ingredients release their color with the heat.

Immediately place the eggs in the bowl and completely submerge them in your new all natural and homemade dye. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil and place in the fridge. I left mine for about 12 hours to achieve this beautiful shade of blue and purple. Most of my blueberries had settled to the bottom of the bowl and the radishes and cabbage stayed floating on top. This created a light gradient of blue to purple.

After the 12 to 18 hours (dependent upon how rich of a dye you want), carefully take out the eggs and cut off the pantyhose. Take the flower and leaves off and let the eggs dry. Placing the eggs to dry in the refrigerator solidifies the dye.

Set them out for the Easter brunch or simply enjoy a vibrant start to any morning!

Natural Dyed Easter Eggs

By |2017-07-27T16:06:36+00:00April 10th, 2017|Market, Recipes|0 Comments
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