Recipe: Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs


  • White vinegar
  • Oil

Color Preparations

  • blue: blueberry juice from frozen blueberries that have been thawed
  • maroon: beet juice from steamed beets
  • grey/blue: grape juice
  • yellow: turmeric
  • red: paprika
  • brown: clove
  • green: boiled spinach (this did not work very well)


  • Cover workstation with the tablecloth
  • For each color, put the material into a mug or bowl
  • Mash up the materials with a fork (or boil if appropriate)
  • Adults should pour hot water into the mugs or bowls
  • Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to each mug (try to get organic vinegar as it is made from corn)
  • If the bowl is larger use more vinegar (I think the vinegar is what creates the mottled effect)
  • The children can lower the egg into the mug using a spoon
  • Let soak. I soaked mine overnight as the natural dyes need a long time to adhere to the egg
  • If you plan to eat the eggs, soak them overnight in the refrigerator
  • Try using rubber-bands, and/or wax crayons to create patterns if so desired
  • After you decide the color is right, let them dry in the egg cartoon
  • They will be dull – remember, natural dyes will not be as vibrant as artificial dyes
  • When dried (the next day), you may wipe them gently with mineral oil or cooking oil to give them a beautiful sheen