Contact Us

How to Dye Easter Eggs and How to Make All Natural Colors

Easter eggs
STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

I can still remember those Easter mornings waking up to a basket full of treats and a huge chocolate bunny. But my very favorite items the Easter Bunny left were those beautifully dyed eggs.

Over the years, I have tried several different ways to get brightly colored eggs. Here’s my favorite way to get just what I remember as a child.

Prep Work:

Cover your table with layers of old newspaper to avoid making a mess. Set the empty egg cartons aside to use as drying racks. Get paper towels handy to clean up any pools of dye under the eggs.

The Dye:

Mix 7-8 drops of food coloring into 1 cup of hot water. Stir in 1/4 cup vinegar.  I like to have about 8 different colors, so I will mix colors to achieve just the right mix in myDixiecups.

Boil the eggs and let them cool thoroughly. I remember a friend telling me she dyed the eggs before she boiled them….big mistake!!

Line your cups of color up neatly and begin dipping the eggs in your color of choice. I fully coat eat egg and set them all aside before doing any creative work. The secret to gorgeous eggs is to let them completely dry before you dip into another color.

Design ideas

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.

Natural Dyes

If you want to make natural dyes, you can try some of these ideas.  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 or grape juice concentrate
  • Green: Spinach and/or kale
  • Brown: Strong brewed coffee or tea
You’ve found the secret Elton John photo! Click on it, then enter the secret word ‘Hercules’ for your chance to win tickets to see Elton John live in Bossier Saturday, March 22! (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images)

Best of 96.5 KVKI

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KVKI VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KVKI VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.