DIY: How to make homemade, natural Easter egg dyes using items from your kitchen

It's time for a DIY guide to dyes.

Dyeing Easter eggs is a family tradition. Store bought dyes are easy, but have you thought about making your own dyes?

If you’re not able to purchase an egg decorating kit, you can get creative while staying at home. Many ingredients may already be in your kitchen or flower garden!

KSLA News 12 Creative Services Director Jeffrey Goodwin shows us how easy it is to make your own homemade Easter egg dyes.


Red Orange

2 loose cups of yellow onion paper (the outer skin of a yellow onion)

Bright Orange

2 cups of yellow onion paper

2 Tbsp. paprika

Yellow with a hint of green

2 Tbsp. tumeric

4 Tbsp. dried calendua (marigold)

4. Tbsp. chamomile

2 Tbsp. dried nettles

Green with a hint of brown

4 Tbsp. dried lavender


4 Tbsp. dried hibscus flower

Hard boiled eggs. Add a splash of vinegar to the eggs to help the dye adhere.

1 1/2 c. water per pot

5 empty jars (preferably ball jars), coffee filters and large rubber bands

10 Tbsp. vinegar


Put water into pot. To each pot, add the dye ingredients. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. While the ingredients are simmering, cover the jars with the coffee filters and secure with rubber bands. Strain the dyes into the ball jars. Keep the liquid. Dispose of the rest. Add 2 Tbsp. of vinegar to each jar. Place eggs in jars carefully. Let sit for at least 2 hours in the fridge. The longer, the better! Remove eggs from jars and let dry.

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