DIY Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes

March 20, 2013 in Homemade Crafts

easter egg dyes, natural easter egg dye recipesI might be mistaken, but I think Peter Cottontail is probably an all-natural kind of bunny. With these DIY Easter egg dye recipes, you’re sure to make him hoppin’ happy! Instead of running out to the store for egg dyes, why not make your own? Stirring up homemade Easter egg dye recipes is an excellent activity for the kids too.

It takes more time than simply submerging eggs in store-bought dyes. However, it’s much more rewarding and tremendously more healthy for you. Don’t even get me started about the colored chemicals that are used in the brand-name dyes. It’s enough to make the Easter Bunny skip out of town.

So, instead of listing all of the ingredients up front, I’ll break the recipes up into colors for you. By all means, let the kids help. This can be a great practice for the Easter day egg hunt. They can hunt for ingredients at the store with you. Keep in mind, it may take a bit longer to dye the eggs, but these Easter egg dye recipes produce amazingly colorful results.

Blue Color

  • 1/2 Red Cabbage Head
  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Water
    Divide the red cabbage into chunks and place in boiling water. Then simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool, and then add vinegar.

Blue-Purple Color

  • 2 Cups Frozen Blueberries
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Vinegar
    Combine blueberries and water. Then bring to boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain out the blueberries, cool, and stir in the vinegar.

Brown Color

  • 1 Cup of Coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon Vinegar
    Simply add vinegar to coffee. Make it strong, like Starbucks®.

Brown-Gold Color

  • 2 Tablespoons Dill Seed
  • 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Water
    Simmer dill seed in water for 15 minutes. Strain out the dill seed, then add vinegar.

Green Color

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Chlorophyll Capsules (At Vitamin/Health Food Stores)
    Boil the water and then remove from heat. Open the chlorophyll capsules and stir contents in the water. Allow dye to cool.

Lavender Color

  • 1 Cup Grape Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Vinegar
    Simply combine grape juice and vinegar.

Light Green-Yellow Color

  • 6 Yellow Apples
  • 4 Ounces Chopped Fennel Tops
  • 4 Teaspoons White Vinegar
  • 3 Cups Water
    First, peel apples and then simmer skins in 1 1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes. After straining out the apples, add 2 tsp of vinegar. Second, simmer chopped fennel tops in 1 1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes and then strain. Add 2 tsp of vinegar. After both solutions have cooled, then combine.

Light Red-Orange Color

  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Water
    Stir paprika into boiling water. Then add white vinegar and cool.

Orange Color

  • 6 Yellow Onions
  • 3 Teaspoons White Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Water
    Take the onion skins and simmer in water for 15 minutes. After straining, add vinegar.

Pink Color

15-Ounce Jar of Beets
1 Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Vinegar
*Boil beets in water, and then let simmer for 5 minutes. Separate beets from dye solution. Cool and then add vinegar.

Two Yellow Colors

Mustard Yellow

  • 1 Tablespoon Turmeric or Curry Powder
  • 2 Cups Water
    Boil your choice of spices in water. Let simmer for 5 minutes and then cool.

Rich Yellow

  • 4 Ounces Chopped Carrot Tops
  • 1 1/2 Cups Water
    Simmer carrot tops in water for 15 minutes. After straining,  add vinegar.