With the arrival of springtime, there are more than a few things to celebrate. April Fools Day, warmer weather, Passover, Earth Day, and last but not least: Easter! From chocolate to honey ham to colored eggs, Easter is a holiday with a strong food component, which makes us love it all the more. This year, instead of buying an egg decorating kit filled with food coloring, why not make your own dyes with fruits, veggies, and other pantry ingredients? It’s super simple and can involve the whole family in the process. We’re showing you how to dye easter eggs for sparklingly colorful creations, alongside some quick yet charming design ideas. But, before you start dipping those eggs, keep this in mind: natural dyes take a little longer to sink in, so leave your eggs to soak overnight for best results. Also, these colors are for white eggs—brown ones will turn an entirely different hue!
1 red cabbage
6 yellow onions
4 cups shredded beets
1/4 cup turmeric
3 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
Cut .25 head red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 tablespoons vinegar and let cool to room temperature. Remove cabbage with a slotted spoon, and add cooled hard-boiled eggs to dye.
Simmer skins from 6 onions in 2 cups water for 15 minutes. Remove onion skins, then add 3 tablespoons white vinegar. Once cool, add hard-boiled eggs to dye.
Add 4 cups shredded beets to 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Strain beets, and allow to cool, then add 3 tablespoons white vinegar. Once cool, add hard-boiled eggs to dye.
Add .25 cup ground turmeric to 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Simmer, then allow to cool, then add 3 tablespoons white vinegar. Once cool, add hard-boiled eggs to dye.
Add 3.5 cups frozen raspberries to 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes then pour liquid into a cup or boil, straining out the raspberries. Stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice and allow to cool. Once cool, add hard-boiled eggs to dye.
For a colorful, marbled pattern on the eggs, add 1 tablespoon per half cup of water to the egg dying solution.
For a stenciled look, place your favorite stickers on the eggs (before dyeing), then let them soak. The next day, carefully remove the stickers to reveal fun patterns!
For more geometrical shapes, wrap your eggs in rubber bands before dipping them in your color of choice. You’ll end up with cool, distinct streaks and graphic lines.