Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

A bit spotty–but satisfactory–the natural dyes I tried this year were fun, even if a bit mauve-y and 1980ish.

  • For yellow: 2 T grated turmeric, 1 T vinegar, hot water to fill cup.
  • For red: 1 T vinegar, enough hot beet juice to fill cup.
  • For purple: 1 T vinegar, 1/4 t elderberry powder, enough hot water to fill cup.
  • For green: do a yellow egg and then finish it in the purple.

Place the hard-boiled egg in the cup of dye, turning occasionally, and take out when it is to your liking.

What worked: I made naturally dyed eggs, and they did not look brown! Yay me!

What did not work: I had some spottiness because I was impatient. Plus, do not think that just because these are natural dyes that they won’t be nigh impossible to get off stuff it gets on. I am still trying to get the turmeric off a glass Pyrex ramekin.

But in the end, it is all for a Happy Easter. I hope you all were able to enjoy not just the popular culture artifacts of colored eggs and bunnies, but the real story of Easter–which is the culmination of the story of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice to take on the sin of the world, triumphing over death, Hell and the grave, and rising again in fulfillment of the prophesies–all for us. In the words of Church refrain: He is risen. He is risen indeed.

Stay briny,


P.S. If you want to see how to dye very brown eggs in a not so natural manner. Check our this post.


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