5 Ways to Dye Easter Eggs

Happy (almost) Easter! As spring blossoms around us, it’s time to dive into the creative and enjoyable tradition of decorating eggs. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time dyer, there are plenty of exciting and unique ways to dye Easter eggs. Some of these recipes use a variety of natural foods to make dyes while others use just a handful of flowers and onion skins to make unique designs. Get ready to unleash your inner artist and transform ordinary eggs into vibrant works of art that will brighten up your Easter celebrations.

Natural Dye Recipe for Easter Eggs

Different naturally dyed Easter Eggs sit in the bowls in the colors pink, purple, blue, and brown.

Did you know you can make naturally dyed eggs with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen? Products like blueberries, ground turmeric, beets, and red cabbage create gorgeous colors of blue, orange, pink, and purple. Experiment with these and other foodstuffs, and you might just make a brand new color.

The Art of Pysanky

A bowl holds Pysanky designed Ukrainian Easter eggs with green easter grass underneath them and some loose on the table.

Pysanky are Ukrainian wax-painted Easter eggs that are decorated in stunning patterns “written” with a pysak or stylus. These beauties are a long-standing Easter tradition said to bring good luck and fortune. Learn more about this tradition from Ukrainian folk artist Lesia Pina. She teaches you how to make your own Pysanky with hot wax, natural dyes, and a candle.

Using Flowers and Plants by Ciao Florentina

Dyed Easter eggs sit in an egg container with flower and leaf shapes designed on their shell.
Photo courtesy of Ciao Florentina

If you’re looking to add a special design to your Easter eggs, small flowers and leaves make the perfect stencil. Just stick your favorite clover onto the egg with a droplet of water, dip in naturally-made yellow onion dye, and bask in the simplicity of this process. You can even add beets to the onion dye for a deeper burgundy color.

Shaving Cream Marble Eggs by Better Homes and Gardens

A white bowls holds various colorful marbled dyed Easter eggs.
Photo courtesy of Brie Passano for Better Homes and Gardens

While shaving cream as an egg dyeing process sounds like a crazy idea, it actually creates the smoothest pastel marble designs. It’s also a fun hands-on way for the kids and adults to take joy in the Easter festivities. All you need is a pan of old fashioned, foamy shaving cream, drops of food dye, and a toothpick to swirl your design.

Marble Eggs by SOS Kitchen

Four marble colorful dyed Easter eggs sit on a pink plate surrounded by silk and egg cups.
Photo courtesy of SOS Kitchen

Yellow, red, and white onion skins, leave these eggs looking like a stained glass window. The steps for this recipe are much like dyeing eggs in regular food coloring but with the addition of adhering shredded onion skins to eggs dampened with water. You will need a nylon stocking to hold the skins onto the egg, but it’s simple!

Story by Kylie Thomas

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