Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Use foods, like beets, onions and cabbage to create vivid all-natural Easter egg dyes in a rainbow of colors.

  • Author: Erin Huffstetler,
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes (plus soaking time)
  • Yield: Varies
  • Category: Easter
  • Method: Dying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Red cabbage, chopped (for blues and greens)
  • Beets, chopped (for pinks)
  • Tumeric (for yellows and golds)
  • Coffee (for browns)
  • Red onion skins (for reddish browns)
  • Yellow onion skins (for oranges)
  • White vinegar
  • Water


For Beet, Cabbage or Onion Dye

Place prepared ingredient in bottom of large pot. Cover with one inch of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Then, cover; reduce to a simmer; and cook for 30 minutes, or until you’re happy with the color.

For Tumeric Dye

Decide how much dye you want to make. Add that many cups of water to a pot. Then, add one tablespoon of tumeric per cup. Heat the same way as above.

For Coffee Dye

Brew a pot of strong coffee.

Before You Use Your Natural Dyes

Strain out the solids. Then, add one tablespoon of vinegar per cup of dye to set the color. Allow the dyes to cool, before you use them.

Experiment with dying white and brown eggs. Soak for three hours to achieve lighter colors; overnight for brighter colors.


Three beets, a quarter of a cabbage or the peel of four onions will give you around four cups of dye.