how to make natural easter egg dye from food
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Hard-boiled eggs aren’t just one of the most nutritious foods around, but they also have the potential to be some of the most gorgeous. With a multitude of dyes, stickers, and patterns on the market, their decorative potential is endless. However, if you’ve outgrown those basic PAAS kits and are craving something a little more sophisticated this Easter season, why not try a more natural approach?

It turns out your can color your eggs using food-based ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. As a sustainable, creative way to make use of leftovers, it’s hard to say no. After all, what else are you going to do with those old onions or that last sip of grape juice in the bottle?  Below are six of the best ways to wet your toes, err, we mean eggs, in the natural dye arena.

Grape Juice 

By mixing one cup of grape juice with one tablespoon of white vinegar, you can turn your eggs a lovely shade of lavender. Let them soak for at least 15-20 minutes to let the color really sink in. Get the Grape Juice Dye recipe.

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Red Wine

If a darker purple is what you’re after, you’ll have to go for something a little harder. Red wine is sure to do the trick. Plus, you can pour yourself a drink while coloring your eggs. That’s always a bonus! Get the Red Wine Dye recipe.


Turns out the trendiest spice of the year is also super useful in the egg dyeing department. If you’ve ever wanted a golden egg, here’s how to get it. Just add one tablespoon of turmeric per two tablespoons of vinegar to achieve this vibrant yellow color. Get the Turmeric Dye recipe.


Finally, a good use for beets! Just kidding, we love the earthy vegetable, but only in small doses. While this dye takes a little longer to prepare (the beets require advanced boiling), it’s totally worth it to get the array of pink and red shades it provides. Get the Beet Dye recipe.

Red Cabbage

This might seem counterintuitive, but get this—red cabbage turns eggs blue! Depending on how long you let the eggs soak, you can even get a vibrant turquoise color out of it. Who would have figured?! Get the Red Cabbage Dye recipe.

Onion Skins

Next time you peel onions, don’t throw out the skins! When soaked overnight, they can work as a natural dye to provide a rich orange color to your Easter eggs.  Get the Red Onion Dye recipe.

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