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Dyeing Easter Eggs

Learn how to dye the prettiest Easter eggs.

Getting Started

To start, cover a table with layers of old newspaper to soak up any spills.

Use empty egg cartons as drying racks. Keep paper towels handy to blot off any dye that pools underneath the eggs.

For colorfast egg dyes, mix 7-8 drops of food coloring into 1 cup of hot water. Stir in 1/4 cup vinegar. For more intense colors, use small amounts of professional-quality food coloring gels or pastes, available at craft, cake decorating and kitchen supply stores.

The secret to beautiful eggs? Let them dry thoroughly between coats of dye.

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    Homemade Dyes

    To make your own natural dyes, boil common ingredients in water with a tablespoon of vinegar until the desired shade is reached. Strain to remove solids.

    • Yellow: Yellow onion skins, ground turmeric
    • Orange: Same as yellow, with added beet juice
    • Pink: Cranberry juice concentrate
    • Red: Beets, paprika
    • Blue: Canned blueberries, red cabbage, grape juice concentrate
    • Green: Spinach and/or kale
    • Brown: Strong brewed coffee or tea

      Special Effects

      For spattered eggs, dip egg in a base color and let dry. Dip a clean toothbrush in a contrasting liquid color and carefully flick bristles with your fingers to make paint splatter onto egg.

      For marbleized eggs, coat eggs with a base color and let dry. Mix canola or other light cooking oil into another color of dye (1 teaspoon oil per cup of dye) and quickly dunk eggs. The oil will repel color in some places and the dye will adhere in others, creating a marbled effect.

      Nov. 3, 2009 10:53 am
      Excellent ideas
      Mar. 10, 2010 10:19 am
      How long will dyed eggs last - in and out of the refrigerator?
      Mar. 22, 2010 8:04 am
      Great Idea's I love to dye my eggs natural!
      Mar. 23, 2010 1:07 am
      can you use the food coloring gels on the eggs with out adding vinegar?
      Mar. 24, 2010 4:16 pm
      These are great tips. Can't wait to try these suggestions out.
      Mar. 24, 2010 6:22 pm
      I made 8 hard boiled eggs putting dry onion skin right into the water with the eggs. I used at least one whole onions worth (I have been saving the skins for a few weeks) I need to try again with much less as I had eggs that looked almost like brown eggs or the color of the onion skin...but it was easy easy easy...just need to work on the amount to put in.
      Apr. 3, 2010 8:30 am
      after the eggs are dry I like to wipe them with a little vegetable oil. It gives the eggs a nice shine
      Apr. 3, 2010 7:57 pm
      Great idea Larry!!!
      Apr. 8, 2010 8:27 am
      I would like to be able to add this type of information to my Recipe Box.
      Jan. 23, 2011 7:15 am
      start with brown eggs and all your colors will be intense!
      John Toy 
      Feb. 27, 2011 3:35 pm
      put a little drop of oil and buff with paper towel for "wooden eggs" with the yellow onion skins
      Mar. 30, 2011 9:19 am
      sooo cool
      Helga Fisher 
      Apr. 1, 2011 5:47 am
      I also use onion skins but simmer the skins for an hour or so, discard the skins to avoid patches and then cook my eggs in that solution. While they are still warm, I use bacon drippings to shine them up, that's how we did it in Transylvania. Helga Fisher
      Apr. 7, 2011 9:26 am
      beet juice makes a lovely color also
      Apr. 8, 2011 10:57 am
      I use a needle and syringe from work (I'm a nurse), and very carefully remove the egg from the shell leaving just a small hole in the bottom of the egg (time consuming). I rinse the egg shell and let them dry and then color them as usual. The shells tend to keep longer than eggs.
      Apr. 9, 2011 11:36 am
      Thank you for posting these natural dyes!
      Apr. 12, 2011 9:17 am
      We used the onion skin dye when I was growing up. We would make beautiful patterns on the eggs by putting a leaf on the raw egg, wrapping the egg in cut-up nylons secured with a twisty-tie, and cooking in the pre-boiled onion skin dye. Rub with oil for an incredibly lovely egg. I would like to try some of the other colors made from natural dyes. Thank you soo much for rekindling this memory for me.
      Apr. 18, 2011 6:43 pm
      i dyed eggs this year without buying a box kit - these were the most beautiful true color eggs i have ever done!!!
      Apr. 20, 2011 12:49 am
      Want to dye some eggs this week with my daughter to give to Grandparents Easter Sunday and have found exactly what I was looking for.These are great tips. It's going to be fun trying them out. Many thanks
      Apr. 20, 2011 7:47 am
      You can also draw on the eggs with wax crayons before dipping them into the dye. The wax repels the dye leaving your artwork nice and bright. Fun for kids!!
      Apr. 20, 2011 9:49 am
      We used to write on the eggs with a white crayon a money amount from 10 cents to $1.00 and after dying them, the amount would show up. Then whoever found those eggs got paid that amount. It made the kids a lot more interested in finding the eggs.
      Apr. 20, 2011 5:41 pm
      When I was growing up my grandmother made colored deviled eggs. We peeled the eggs & dyed them in hot water & dye. Cut them like you were making deviled eggs and did a deviled egg.
      Feb. 16, 2012 8:28 am
      If you crack the shells of the boild eggs, lightly, then die them, you get a beautiful veined look on the egg when it is peeled.
      Mar. 30, 2012 2:56 am
      Thank you for such great ideas and tips to dye eggs. I love to use yellow and red onion skins, also wild yellow daisies.
      Apr. 5, 2012 2:55 am
      I have heard 2 ideas should the eggs be cool or warm?
      Apr. 5, 2012 9:55 am
      First time trying to make Easter Bread recipe calls for colored eggs but not to cook eggs first. Can you color the eggs raw?
      Apr. 6, 2012 4:22 pm
      use a wire whisk to hold your egg inside. no mess and it cradles the egg. very handy for children.
      Glenda Tomlinson 
      Mar. 24, 2013 11:56 am
      I just Love that these are all natural what great ideas thanx for sharing them I definitely will try ..
      Mar. 7, 2014 4:38 am
      Luv it! Can't wait to try this
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