naturally dyed easter eggs.

Easter eggs!

I honestly don’t even want to write any words for this post, because these eggs are so gorgeous. They speak for themselves, really.

They are beautiful, unique, and 100% all-natural. No scary dyes or chemicals with polysyllabic names you can’t pronounce.

I thought dyeing Easter eggs was fun as a kid. Now, I’m completely obsessed with them!

I grew up kind of, sort of celebrating Easter. In North Dakota, I was the only Jewish kid in my entire school. My parents never wanted me to feel left out, so Bunny Day was born.

Bunny Day was a celebration of a certain spring bunny with a penchant for giving children baskets of treats and hiding plastic eggs full of candy on the lawn. Sounds eerily similar to another springtime celebration, no? That’s what my parents were going for; they wanted me to have the fun of the holiday with the other kids, and I always appreciated that. It felt nice to not be left out of holiday parties and celebrations in school.

Dyeing eggs was always one of my favorite things to do as a kid. Since Passover typically falls around the same time as Easter, we usually had a bright pink or purple egg on our Seder plate. What can I say, I like to bring a little whimsy to the High Holy Days.

Since Ryan and I are turning into hippies trying to move towards living more natural, sustainable and healthy lives, we tend to shy away from chemicals and artificial dyes and such. So for us, experimenting with different teas, fruits, vegetables and spices to dye Easter eggs was ridiculously fun. We were like two nerds in love in a science lab! Or something.

Honestly, I think dyeing eggs naturally would be crazy fun for kids to do. You really never know what you’re going to end up with, in terms of color, hue, saturation and pattern, so I think this process would part science experiment, part awesome magic trick for kids. So much fun!

Seriously, look at some of these eggs! Some are speckled, some have circular striations. The ones we dyed in red wine are SPARKLY. No joke! Did someone throw a handful of glitter in that jar when I wasn’t looking?

So hard boil a few dozen eggs, gather the family up and head in the kitchen for a naturally dyed Easter egg party! Half the fun is concocting the dyes, and the other half is the big reveal a few hours or a day later, when you find out what color each egg has taken on! You can really let your imagination run wild here in terms of ingredients, so go crazy!

Happy Bunny Day!

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Ingredients:

For Dried Herbs, Spices, Teas & Coffee

2 tablespoons dried herb/spice/tea/coffee
2 cups water
1 tablespoon white vinegar

For Raw Vegetables and Fruits

2 cups raw vegetable or fruit, chopped finely
3 cups water
1 tablespoon white vinegar

For Fruit or Vegetable Juices or Other Liquids

1 cup fruit/vegetable juice
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Directions:

Procedure for Dyeing Eggs

Regardless of whether you're using a spice, a fruit juice or a raw vegetable, the process for dyeing all eggs is the same.

Combine the spice/juice/vegetable with water, and place over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then remove from the heat and give it a stir.

Allow the mixture to steep and cool for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on the color you're trying to achieve. Raw fruits and vegetables take the longest to steep, while herbs, coffee, teas and juices are the quickest and require the shortest steeping time.

After steeping, strain the liquid into a clean glass jar, such as a mason jar. Add the vinegar and carefully drop in an egg. Place the lid on the jar and place in the fridge.

You can let the egg sit in the jar for anywhere from an hour to two days, depending on how deep of a color you'd like to achieve. Gently rotate the jar at least once a day, turning it in case of any settling.

When the desired color has been achieved, remove the egg from the jar and rinse it quickly under cold water. Some fruits or juices will leave a film on the egg, which is gross but just needs to be wiped away using your fingers or a damp paper towel.

Allow the egg to dry on an egg carton and enjoy!

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11 Responses to “naturally dyed easter eggs.”

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    Haley — April 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

    These are AMAZING!
    We never dye eggs, we buy those plastic ones instead, but this looks so fun! I’ve got to try a few!

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    leaf (the indolent cook) — April 3, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Such pretty eggs, and I love the diversity! Some awesome ideas here.

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    katie — April 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    This is super cool and way better looking than the artificial fake stuff… Yippee for being hippies! ;)

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    Alison @ ingredients, Inc. — April 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    super cute idea!!

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    allesistgut — April 4, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Wow, these are really beautiful. I love the colours and the textures. :D

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — April 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Great idea! It’s been a long time since I’ve dyed eggs, but I’m bookmarking this for the next time I do!

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    Katie — April 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    These are too cool!!! I definitely want to try…

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    Kaitlin — April 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    They’re so much prettier than normal dyed eggs. Love it! The red wine one is totally my favorite, and I have “extra” wine laying around that would be great for this!

    Loved the “turning into hippies” bit. Going through a bit of that myself :P

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    Jeanette — April 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Love this idea of naturally dyed eggs!

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    Russell at Chasing Delicious — April 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    This is sooo cool! I guess I’m a little late on this for this year but I’m totally remember this for next year. Cute!

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