natural dye Easter eggs, part 2

April 3, 2012 |  Category:   craft holidays recipes


Here’s how our batch of eggs turned out after leaving them in their natural dye baths overnight (see post and general recipes from part 1 here). I do think that’s key to getting some of the rich jewel tones, to leave them in overnight. Even though the eggs didn’t stay as saturated once dried as it did right after taking them out of their baths (particularly the red beet dye), I love the more subdued, mottled effect that it left.


After placing each egg back in the carton to dry off, I did buff them a bit to gently wipe off any excess coloring and powdered residue that was left on the egg, particularly the tumeric. The colors are such a nice alternative to the brights and pastels that we’ve been dyeing eggs with in past years (not to mention the glitter and the stickers!). We’ll see if we keep to it, but we want to do this every year and try other food sources to color eggs with.

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  • Rebecca April 3, 2012 at 4:27 am

    these look wonderful !
    I’m definitely doing the same this week :)
    Happy easter !

  • Sophia April 3, 2012 at 4:49 am

    They turned out great! Last year, when I first tried this technique with natural dyes I got this marble effect which I really liked! The only downside it’s you need to wait a long time to see the best results.

  • Kim April 3, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I love these. We’re trying to make them now though ours look less stylish than yours, sitting in a saucepan in the fridge overnight! Did you hardboil the eggs or blow the insides out?

  • kristina April 3, 2012 at 8:28 am

    love how they turned out. still some days to go before easter is there, i need to try this!! thanks for the inspiration!

  • bronwyn April 3, 2012 at 8:42 am

    These are so pretty. Now I’m trying to calculate if we have time to try this before easter. I do love the marbled effect.

  • Karyn April 3, 2012 at 9:42 am


  • Cecilia Madden April 3, 2012 at 9:42 am

    i love the mottled effect too. we did this last year and are going to do some more this year too.

  • annie April 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Love the pictures, specially the first one, would make a perfect card for easter and a great print!

  • Andrea Howe April 3, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I love the way these came out. so unexpectedly pretty :)

  • Jenna April 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

    @kim we always hard boil them first, never blow the eggs.

  • nichole April 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

    LOVE! Apparently I have no life because I was stalking your blog this morning to check out the results. We’re going to do this with the boys.

  • Hillary Hansen April 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Just found your blog and I’m sorta smitten:)

  • Lindsey April 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Wow, the textures are really beautiful. Cool experimenting to do!

  • mina April 3, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Look at these! Maybe a twist for next year!

  • Joana Gomes April 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I’m wondering whether your natural dye would work in fabric. What do you reckon?

    x Joana

  • Kelly April 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    These are so pretty! The mottled ones are my favorites.

  • Pink Ronnie April 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    They turned out so beautifully Jenna. The girls must love them!
    Ronnie xo

  • Annie From Seattle April 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Really fun project! Is there anything that would give a green? I know my water after boiling artichokes is always a nice green…would kale work? Anyone?

  • Jenna April 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

    @Mina those are definitely cool. thanks for the link.
    @Joana Gomes I think these would definitely work on fabric. One of the reasons why we wanted to do this was because Mia is learning weaving and dyeing yarn with natural coloring at school.

  • Jenna April 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

    @Annie I think basil, spinach and parsley would do green. Will try that next year.

  • Mary Jane April 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I think the look is great…..rub just a bit of vegetable oil on them to spruce them up a bit. Not too much because it may smear the dye….just a bit to shine them up and make the color pop a bit.

  • this is lemonade May 8, 2012 at 11:30 am

    They look really lovely! Did you boil the eggs first? (Sorry, probably a really silly question!) I was just wondering. They look lovely enough to make for special brunch any time!
    Your blog is lovely by the way, especially love all the foody posts!