How to Dye Easter Eggs with Natural Ingredients

Are dyed Easter eggs a staple on your Easter table? This year skip the toxic store bought dyes and dye Easter eggs with natural ingredients. The end result is beautiful pastel colored Easter eggs, and I’ll show you what worked and what didn’t and how to dye Easter eggs with natural ingredients.

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Every week when I get my Door to Door Organics produce box I am amazed at the gorgeous array of colors. Vibrant fruits and vegetables of all shape and sizes, and I can’t help but think of the rainbow salad I made.

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As I cut the fruit and veggies for various dishes, I keep the scraps in a bowl. That bowl full of produce scraps will go downstairs into the basement and will get fed to my compost worms. That’s right, I have little compost worms in the basement (remember when I made rosemary tomato focaccia and shared about my compost?). Still, it’s weird, I know.

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When I first came home from the store with two giant bins and asked my husband to help me make me a compost bin he thought I was crazy. He said that if he smelled it the worms would be evicted. I’m happy to report that they have not been evicted and happily live in a bin in our basement. If it’s really quiet and you’re standing right next to the bin, you can hear them, it’s a little crunching sound, that creeps me out and I run back upstairs lol. In the summertime I use the compost in my little garden.

I don’t always remember to feed my compost worms, but I try to at least feed them every few weeks. As we were over at my in-laws, my mother-in-law asked me what I was doing with all the vegetable ends I was going through, and because we were talking about the upcoming Easter holiday asked if I had ever dyed Easter eggs using natural dyes.
How to dye easter eggs with natural ingredients

How had I never thought of that?

I was SO in love with the idea, and it just so happened that that very next day my Door to Door Organics produce box came, perfect timing, right?

We set out dying Easter eggs with fruit and vegetables and used this very helpful guide:

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We took a little creative liberty with what we had on hand, and found that the colors that came out best were brown, yellow, and green. The pink and purple didn’t really quite turn out the way I would have thought, but were still pretty (in full disclosure we didn’t have any tea on hand, so we left that ingredient out, maybe that would have made the difference?)

Natural egg dyes

The brown – the dye was created from ground up coffee and vinegar. It created this beautiful brown and had almost a speckled texture from the coffee grounds.

The yellow – we used 1 tablespoon of tumeric powder and 1 cup of shredded carrots

The green – 1 bunch of parsley, 2 cups of spinach, 1 cup of muddled blueberries, 1 tsp tumeric powder

For each of the dyes all you do is fill a 2 quart pot with 1 quart of water and 1/4 cup vinegar, add in the vegetables or fruits, bring the mixture to a boil and then slowly submerge white eggs (uncooked) in. You boil the eggs for 13 minutes, then turn off the heat. We found that we had to leave the eggs in the water for about half an hour for them to turn any kind of color. Remove the eggs from the pot with a slotted spoon, and if needed rinse off any vegetable debris with warm water.

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It was such a fun activity, I could definitely see getting the whole family involved and dyeing Easter eggs the natural way!

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I’d love to know – do you dye Easter eggs?

This post has been sponsored by Door-to-Door Organics, thank you for supporting the brands that make the Sweetphi blog possible, as always, all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

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  • wearenotmartha
    Reply

    I LOVE this post!! The eggs look absolutely beautiful 🙂

    Sues

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much Sues, it was so fun to dye them!

  • Denise E.
    Reply

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      You’re so welcome, thank you for commenting 🙂

  • Suné Moolman
    Reply

    That yellow is gorgeous! And I’m super impressed by your styling of these eggs. 🙂

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much, I appreciate it!

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    Reply

    This is absolutely genius!! I’m going to share this in my weekly newsletter!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Wow, thank you so much Liz, I would be completely honored to be in your newsletter!

  • Karis @ Veg Harbor
    Reply

    Just recently I was sorting through a stack of pages I’ve torn from magazines (dating back to 2009) and several related to how to naturally dye eggs. Love the concept, now I just need to get my butt in gear and actually do it! 🙂

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      I’m the same way, I have stacks of magazines that I need to get through, so you’re better than I 🙂 I think you’d love doing this…it’s really rewarding to see the beautiful colors come about from something that would otherwise have been thrown out or been worm food.

  • andrea rentea
    Reply

    Love this presentation! The eggs look like beautiful little marble, alabaster pieces. The light and gentle colors, remind us of spring, Definitely we are doing natural dyes this Easter thanks to you.

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment, it was really so nice to see how they all turned out!

  • steworastory
    Reply

    These photos are just lovely, Phi! I’m ready for Easter!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Thank you so much!! I’m actually prepared for Easter this year, I feel so accomplished lol, usually it’s like day of and I’m like oh, it’s Easter!

  • Reply

    These are magically beautiful!! LOVE!

    • Sweetphi
      Reply

      Awe thanks girl, appreciate that 🙂

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