Homemade Natural Dye For Easter Eggs


For a fool-proof way to hard-boil eggs:

Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; add enough tap water to cover at least 1 inch above eggs. Cover and bring to boiling.

Remove from heat and leave for about ½ hour.

Immediately place pot under cold running water until water in pot is cold.

Dry eggs and decorate immediately or store in refrigerate. Do not decorate cracked eggs, instead use them in recipes or eat them up as soon as possible.


Different shades of red: beets, raspberries, cranberries, grape juice or red onions

Different shades of yellow: yellow onion skins, orange peels, lemon peels, shredded carrot, celery seed, ground cumin or ground turmeric.

Pale green: spinach leaves

Golden: yellow golden delicious apple peels

Light blue: frozen blueberries, thawed

Light brown: strong brewed coffee


Place the hard-boiled eggs in a single layer in a large pot (do not stack them). Pour in just enough water to cover the eggs, add about 1 teaspoon vinegar and the desired natural dye to the water.

Bring the water to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.

If you’d rather not go natural, either use food colouring or go out and buy an egg colouring kit.