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With coronavirus quarantines and social distancing impacting all aspects of life, Easter celebrations are going to look at least somewhat different this year—online masses and Skype sessions with far-flung family, for instance—but we know a lot of people will still be enjoying traditions like giving Easter baskets, enjoying ham dinners, and decorating Easter eggs. So we’re sharing ideas we hope will help bring happiness to you and yours. Here, how to make natural egg dye from things already in your kitchen.

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?

Related Reading: 8 Great Easter Egg Decorating Ideas from Around the World


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.

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Turmeric = Yellow


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Turns out this trendy spice 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 Egg Dye recipe.

Beets = Pink


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 Egg Dye recipe.

Red Cabbage = Blue


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 Egg Dye recipe.

Onion Skins = Orange-Red


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 (this is a common technique for dyeing eggs that end up baked into Greek Easter bread). Get the Red Onion Egg Dye recipe.

Blueberries = Blue


If you have blueberries that are a little past their prime for pancakes, you can use them for pale blue eggs instead. Get the Blueberry Egg Dye recipe.

Turmeric + Red Cabbage = Green; Red Cabbage + Beets = Purple


Another way to make more colors is to double-dip your eggs. For instance, pale jade green is achievable if you dye eggs first in turmeric, then (after they dry) in red cabbage. Similarly, you can dye eggs in red cabbage and then in beets for a pretty lavender shade. Get the Natural Egg Dye recipes.

Red Wine = Burgundy

If you’re willing to spare some red wine for the sake of your kids’ delight, this is a great way to get naturally dyed dark purple eggs. Plus, you can pour yourself a drink while dyeing your Easter treats. That’s always a bonus! Get the Red Wine Egg Dye recipe.

Related Video: How to Tell How Fresh Eggs Are


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