Natural Dyes For Easer Eggs - The Magic Onions

Natural Dyes For Easer Eggs

I think Teddy and I have a new obsession (yes, to add to all the others!). We spent the weekend dyeing white eggs with natural dyes from goodies we already had in our fridge. My word, it’s amazing what colors you can get from things we eat… some colors we expected and others were a total surprise. You’ll hardly believe it when I tell you what organic ingredients made these gorgeous bright colors…
Edible Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs :: DIY Tutorial ::

We started with a batch of peeled, hard boiled eggs and used beetroot, red cabbage, red onion skins and blueberries. I bet you can’t guess which of these ingredients dyed the above eggs (I’ll tell you later).

Teddy helped me through the whole process. It’s a joy to me to see them as into a project as I am myself… especially an involved process like this with a bit of hard work and waiting.

We washed the ingredients, chopped them up and put each in a separate pot of boiling water, along with a couple of table spoons of vinegar. (Of course, I don’t need to tell you that if you are working with your child, make sure your work slowly and deliberately and avoid getting burned).


I made sure that Teddy and I worked in old clothes so that we could both get totally involved in playing with the dyes without a care for spoiling our clothes. He rubbed his hands along the cool beet and was amazed that his hands remained red, even after washing them.

We popped our hard boiled, peeled, eggs into the red beet water. Would they go red?


It was great fun squishing the plump berries.

And wonderfully messy and sticky. We couldn’t resist an occasional lick of our berry juicy hands :-)

When all our berries were squished, we put the mush in a pot of boiling water along with our hard boiled eggs and waited for them to change color… would they go blue?
Red Cabbage:

We sliced some red cabbage and noticed how wonderfully purple it was. We were certain it would make our eggs purple.

We put it into a pot of boiling water with our eggs and notice immediately how the water turned a lovely shade of blue.

Ha… perhaps our eggs would turn blue!

Red Onion:

We peeled our onions, using only the dried up top layer and the first juicy layer. In the pot with the water and eggs.

After a few minutes, we took the eggs out of our beetroot water – bright ORANGE!

We had expected them to be red and the anticipation to see what the other colors were, was palpable!

We took out the blueberry eggs – oh my… they had turned a gorgeous dark gray!

The red cabbage was next – bright BLUE!!

The onion a soft earty yellow!

Here they all are together – aren’t the colors pretty! Don’t they look edible!

Starting with the blue egg at 11 o’clock, here is what made each color – red cabbage, red onion skins, beetroot, red cabbage, blueberries, beetroot and blueberries. Not what we expected at all!

So, guess what we had for lunch… yes, colorful, all organic, dyed eggs!

All gone now! I’m a little nervous Teddy and Kitty will never eat boring old white eggs again :-)

Here is a link to our other Easter crafts.

Blessings and magic,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. I do my eggs the same way for the holiday and the colors are brilliant. I think more of us need to color eggs this way.

  2. beautiful…i love them!! Thank you for that!

  3. Apart from the onion coloured eggs, I got the other ones wrong. Your collection looks gorgeous. Not a quick lunch, but a fun lunch, I’m guessing.

  4. Those turned out beautifully, I have been wondering how to dye the wool that I have, maybe this would work on the wool as well. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing that.

  5. Donni, Love this idea. It is artistic, scientific and fun – all wrapped into one! I can’t wait to do this with my kids.

  6. Never thought to dye hard-boiled eggs! What a beautiful idea. Now, on to check out your other egg-dying ideas!

  7. I love the dyed eggs all ready to eat. The colours you got did surprised me.

  8. LOVE this!! So gorgeous!

    Curious – Did the eggs take on any flavors from the colorants? I wouldn’t think an onion egg would taste great, but it looks lovely!

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thanks for all the kind comments :-)
    PsychMamma, I was surprised that the eggs didn’t take on any flavor at all… they tasted just like normal boiled eggs.
    Blessings and magic,

  10. Anonymous says:

    What a lovely idea, and as for the pictures, they are too beautiful. I remember when I was T’s age I made a soup with canterbury bells and was terrified my hands would stay purple forever. I wonder if you let T think that for a moment?

  11. Lovely idea! Thanks for sharing!
    I was wondering how much of the veggies and fruit did you add to get a reasonable amount of color?
    And did you add vinegar to fix the color?

  12. I love the colors that these natural dyes made, thanks for sharing, this would be a fun thing to try! :)


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