Making naturally dyed Easter eggs with simple ingredients is a fun process for the whole fam! We used red beets for an earthy red, purple cabbage for bright blue, matcha tea for light green, golden beets mixed with turmeric for gold (and a mixture of red beet and golden beet dye for orange!). See the step-by-step directions below.
My girls and I love to do science experiments together and making naturally dyed eggs felt like just that! It allowed them to make observations, guess, test (even taste test), and experience delayed gratification. They didn't believe that the purple cabbage would make bright blue eggs (I was skeptical myself) so the look on their faces when we pulled bright blue eggs out of the dark purple dye was priceless!
There's plenty of opportunity to talk about the ingredients and what colors the eggs may turn and waiting to see the results was fun for them. They popped the eggs into the dye then checked to see the progress after about an hour. When we saw light shades of color, we decided to put them in the fridge overnight so the eggs could soak up a bit more color.
Step 1: Make 12 hard-boiled eggs
Try this recipe for easy-peel hard-boiled eggs (less work when you are ready to eat them!). While your eggs cool, you can work on making the dyes.
Step 2: Make the dyes
- 4 small saucepans
- 12 tbsp. of white vinegar
- 1/2 of a head of purple cabbage (also called red cabbage) for blue eggs
- 2 red beets for earthy red eggs
- 2 golden beets mixed with 2 tbsp turmeric powder for gold eggs
- 6 tbsp matcha powder for light green eggs
- Cut the cabbage in half, put it in a saucepan and cover the cabbage with water. Boil for 30 minutes to extract the color. Take off heat and add 3 tbsp. of vinegar to the dye.
- Cut the red beets in half, put them in a saucepan. Cover the beets with water and boil for 30 minutes to extract the color. Take off heat and add 3 tbsp. of vinegar to the dye.
- Cut the golden beets in half, put them in a saucepan. Cover the beets with water, add 2 tbsp. turmeric and boil for 30 minutes to extract the color. Take off heat and add 3 tbsp. of vinegar to the dye.
- In a saucepan add the matcha and 4 cups of water and boil for 15 minutes. Take off heat and add 3 tbsp. of vinegar to the dye.
Step 3: Cool the dye
Pour the dyes into mason jars on a heatproof tray and let them cool for about an hour. Or you can put them in the fridge to speed up the process if needed!
Step 4: Dye the eggs
Once the dye is cool, you can begin adding your eggs. Let your eggs sit is the dye until they reach the desired color.
*Tip if you want to enhance the color of your eggs and give them a slight luster, you can coat them with a small amount of coconut oil.
Enjoy your naturally dyed eggs! Click here for more natural dye color ideas!
Cassandra Curtis, Co-founder + Chief Innovation Officer, Once Upon a Farm
Cassandra is a mother of 3 girls. She lives in San Diego with her husband, daughters, 2 cats and a dog. Cassandra works full time as co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Once Upon a Farm and as a mom. In the rare free time that she does get, she loves to do Yoga (she's a certified yoga teacher!), cook healthy meals, run, travel and spend time with friends and family.