Easter Egg Dye

Use What You Have At Home

When the pandemic first started a year ago, I went to order Easter egg dye on Amazon. Dying eggs for Easter is a family tradition, started by my mom forever ago. While I always thought the egg dying part was painful, I do enjoy a good deviled egg. So we continue to do it every year! To my shock, I was too late. Nothing would arrive in time for Easter. As a good stay-at-homer, I knew I couldn’t go to the store just for an egg dye kit. As I had to execute plan B, I bet there are other families out there in similar shoes. Here is what I learned from hours of searching online for homemade Easter egg dye, along with some experiments.

Bottom line? Use what you already have. Don’t stress about it. 

First, Make Hard Boiled Eggs

Just like the commercial dye kits, you must start with a boiled egg. I was shocked at how many bloggers didn’t make that clear. **Note I could not find white eggs, so I used brown ones. Extra note? Make a big batch. Eggs are an awesome snack and just generally awesome.

Need a quick refresher on hard boiled eggs?

  1. Put eggs in a pot in one layer and fill with water to cover 1-2 inches over the eggs
  2. Turn on the stove to high
  3. Wait until you can see big bubbles
  4. Turn off stove, remove from heat, put on lid. Wait 12 minutes.
  5. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and add to a bowl of ice and water
  6. I dried them off and in the fridge
Carton of eggs ready to go
Eggs in water on stove

Option 1: Make Easter egg dye with food coloring

I worked from this recipe from McCormick. Details felt a little lacking, so I hope this helps.

Ingredients: Food coloring, Vinegar, Water

  1. Boil water (I used a tea kettle)
  2. Mix 1 cup boiling water to 20 drops of food coloring to 1 tsp vinegar (I used rice vinegar cause that is all I had!)
  3. Wait for the hot hot dye to cool down (over 20 minutes it took)
  4. Use some crayon on the egg to create some special effects
  5. Leave egg in dye for 5 minutes
  6. Dry
eggs ready to go with food coloring egg dye

Option 2: Make dye with food

Many parents avoid food dyes, so I wanted to experiment with some natural options. I worked from this mommypotomus blog and made orange dye with turmeric Easter egg dye. Caution, this smelled so weird and all the windows needed to be open. It also stained my hands. When there were spills on my counter I cleaned them up right away so my counter wouldn’t stain. Be vigilant!


Ingredients: 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons turmeric


  1. Bring mix to boil
  2. Simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on
  3. Pour mix in a jar and bring to room temperature (I didn’t strain it)
  4. Draw on eggs with crayon if you want to
  5. Put in egg and let sit in the fridge overnight
  6. Take out the egg and pour the dye down the sink
  7. Rinse off egg and let dry
turmeric dye on the stove
turmeric dye in glass ready for eggs

The results

Top row: egg 1 (turmeric), egg 2 (red), egg 3 (green)

Bottom row egg 1 (blue), egg 2 (no dye), egg 3 (turmeric)

final Easter eggs dyed naturally with turmeric and homemade dye

What was your favorite?

I loved the turmeric one!