Pastel Easter Eggs - Dyeing Eggs Naturally

I have dyed eggs using natural ingredients  and also tried marbling eggs using olive oil and vinegar.  I loved both results. But when I saw a slightly different technique of dying eggs in pastel colors for Easter using natural ingredients in the latest issue of Backyard Poultry Magazine (April/May 2012), I just had to try it.

I absolutely loved the soft pastel shades that this method achieved.  If you want to try it for yourself, here's what you do:

Put a teakettle of water on to boil. While you are waiting, measure 1-1/2 teaspoons of white vinegar into five coffee cups.  

Then add the following ingredients to the five cups (note: there was a sixth cup mentioned in Backyard Poultry's article using red onions skins but I didn't like the color at all, sort of a muddy purple gray, so I wouldn't do that one again)

Clockwise from top:
For lime green eggs - 1/4 Cup chopped red cabbage and 1 teaspoon turmeric 
For purplish gray eggs - Papery peels from two red onions (I would skip this one next time)
For peach eggs - Papery peels from two yellow onions
For yellow eggs - 1 Tablespoon turmeric 
For pinkish purple eggs - 1/4 Cup shredded fresh beets
For blue eggs - 1/4 Cup chopped red cabbage 

Add a cup of boiling water to each coffee cup and stir to mix.  Let sit until the contents cool to room temperature. 

In the meantime, set up a drying rack.  I happen to knit and decided to make a drying 'rack' using my blocking board (you could also use a piece of styrofoam).  I covered the blocking board with papertowels, 

and then stuck blocking pins into the board, four to a square, set apart to cup each egg while it dries. 

After the cups have cooled, strain each one into another cup.

Then place a white egg into each cup ( I used white because I wanted light pastel eggs).  I used uncooked eggs, but you can use hard cooked or blown out eggs also. Let the eggs sit for 30 minutes. 

Take each egg out carefully and gently blot with a paper towel. 

Set each egg onto the pins to dry completely. 

When the eggs are dry, rub a bit of vegetable oil onto the surface using a paper towel and wipe off any excess.

~source for technique and inspiration Backyard Poultry Magazine April/May 2012 issue~


  1. These turned out just beautiful!

  2. Your eggs are gorgeous. :o)
    Have a blessed Easter!

  3. Cannot WAIT to try this with the kids. Just got out kit to blow out the eggs a couple days ago. Hoping to make a fun wreath out of them!

    ALSO I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!

    1. Hi Sara. I really kind of went overboard dying eggs this year, but they all came out so pretty.

      Thank you so much for the nomination ! I'll check it out.

  4. Hi There, your eggs are beautiful. Anna

    1. Thank you ! I really loved these pastel shades and the fact the dye was all natural.

  5. Hi Lisa
    These are beautiful! I haven't dyed eggs in years and wasn't planning on doing any again this year. After seeing you can achieve gorgeous color naturally... I am planning on doing some now :) thanks!

    Have a great day!


  6. I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here:

  7. I love these soft colors! Thanks for sharing the technique! :)