DIY: Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

DIY: Naturally Dyed Easter EggsThe other day I was browsing around Pinterest and came across a very interesting idea: naturally dyed Easter eggs. I prefer most things in my life to be natural rather than artificial (think food, makeup, and even cleaning supplies), so this creative idea really caught my eye. It’s a unique twist on your traditionally dyed Easter eggs, only using foods, spices, and plants. In fact, it turned into a bit of a science experiment. I found myself mixing different dyes, letting some eggs soak longer than others, and even discovering how to create a marbleized look.

Take a peek below to see all the steps I used to make my naturally dyed Easter eggs. My only rule? Think outside of the box…

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

DIY: Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Supplies

  • Eggs
  • Red onion
  • White onion
  • Saffron
  • Purple cabbage
  • Whole carrots (with stems)
  • Blueberries
  • Beets

Instructions

  1. Hard boil eggs in water.
  2. Then, add each ingredient to 2 cups of water and boil it for about 10-15 minutes. Let they cool to about room temp. (This speeds up the dyeing process and makes the water a more saturated color.)
  3. Soak an egg in each cup of water to dye, like you would normally dye eggs. I did several versions of each egg, varying the time I let it soak. For example, I had three saffron eggs soaking and took one out at an hour, one out at two hours, and one out at three hours to get different levels of saturation.
  4. Take your eggs out of the dye when they’ve reached the desired color.

Tip: Dyes like saffron and cabbage worked quickly (only a few minutes), and others like carrot tops and beets took hours. 

Red Onion

redonion
White Onion

onion

Saffron

saffron 

Purple Cabbage

cabbage

Carrot Stem Leaves

carrot

Blueberries

blueberry

Beets

beets

The photos of my naturally dyed eggs turned out beautifully, thanks to my favorite photographer Yoni. I even tried mixing some of the dyes and it resulted in really pretty marbleized eggs. You can take your decorating a step further by embellishing them after they are dyed. Stay tuned for some sparkly egg decoration inspiration that will be posted here on the blog tomorrow!

DIY: Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

What natural foods and spices will you use to dye your eggs?

Take a photo of your naturally dyed eggs and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #LCeastereggs. My team will take a look and maybe even give your photo a “like.”

XO Lauren

Photos: Yoni Goldberg for LaurenConrad.com
Categories: Celebrate, Craft, DIY, Lauren Conrad
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  • http://littlebeautybloge.blogspot.co.uk/ Elizabeth Riddle

    These eggs look so cute!! This is such a cool idea!!

    Little Beauty Blog

    Elizabeth x

  • Gj

    This is a cool idea! My dad always does this every year with onion peels. In the village where he is from they boil the onion peels with the eggs to create a pretty brown color. He makes a little design by putting a little bit of olive oil in the water so the eggs get yellow spots on them.

  • Amber Naomi

    This is so creative and so much better!

    http://ambernaomi.blogspot.nl/

  • Mariana

    Super cute!!

  • allieboo

    What neat idea and the eggs look so cute! I’ll have to try this.

  • http://simplepairings.com Lisa

    Love this, Lauren! I too favor natural approaches whenever possible. Such creative dye ingredients, too!

  • Kimberly Ann

    I had NO clue you could dye eggs like this! So cute AND healthy!

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    http://trendkeeper.me

  • http://poorgirlrichlifeblog.wordpress.com/ Emma Fox

    Such a great idea!! I’ll have to try this with my little cousins

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  • Ana Pierce

    I love the photography in this post. So fun! Happy Easter!
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  • The Modest Closet

    Check out our post on the Modest Closet for different food items we used to naturally dye easter eggs. http://livingmodest.blogspot.com/2013/03/diy-natural-easter-egg-dye.html

  • Vicki

    The eggs look lovely! Beautiful pictures! If you have a sweet tooth, I posted a fun, easter diy on my blog :)

    Xo Vicki

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  • Kylie Ladd

    Wow, these pictures are beautiful! What pretty eggs. thecaliforeigner.blogspot.com

  • Ashly C

    I can’t believe the beets didn’t dye the eggs a deep ruby red/purple and super fast! They always seem to dye my skin as soon as I touch them..

  • Shelaine Morrison

    My brother actually just posted this link from Ulicam on some pretty cool naturally dyed eggs. I love the print it leaves. Check them out!

    http://ulicam.blogspot.com/2012/04/easter-tutorial-how-to-color-eggs-with.html

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  • Jacqueline Jax

    Great ideas. The colors are so perfect for the season. Spring is my favorite time of year. If you love Spring colors, I just did a dress video, you’ll enjoy this video that I just created. http://youtu.be/INoJ833xcPM Come by and tell me which dress is your favorite. Mine is the Hawaiian green. It’s so cute. Xoxox, BLONDi http://www.BlondiBeach.com

  • http://noirettediary.blogspot.com/ Siham Hamdan

    Oh wow this is great!!! Definitely wanna try this :D

    http://noirettediary.blogspot.com

  • http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/ Ashley

    Ok, that is awesome!! I’m all about natural everything though I hadn’t considered this! I’ll hashtag them after I make some this week! :D

    dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/2014/04/gaining-my-green-thumb.html

  • Veronica

    Can you eat them after? Will they taste like the ingredients you soaked them in?

    • Kate

      I do it every year and eggs never taste like the ingredients. :)

  • Kate

    I always use fresh wallnut shell if I want my eggs to be brown, and curry if I want them on yellow.
    If you want the color was more durable, you can add a dash of vinegar.

  • Nicole Smith

    It seems like too much work, but my eggs always turn out beautifully colored.

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