You Can Dye Your Easter Eggs With Food Scraps—No Store-Bought Kit Required

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"You can make natural Easter egg dyes using avocado skins, onion peels, and other food scraps you already have at home. Here's how it's done."

Easter is right around the corner, and you know what that means: It’s time to start saving your veggie scraps. Those colorful peels that typically go straight into your compost bin can be used to make natural Easter egg dyes.

Typically, hard-boiled eggs are dyed with store-bought kits. But this eco-friendly technique is even more fun. After boiling your eggs, use one of the natural Easter egg dyes below, which are made using avocado skins, spinach, beets, onions, and more.

natural easter egg dyes

How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Using the ingredients below to make natural Easter egg dyes is simple. For each, bring one cup of water to a boil with your ingredient of choice, whether that’s leftover onion skins or a handful of blueberries. Add as much or as little of that ingredient as you want, depending on how deep you want the color to be.

Once the water reaches a boil, simmer for 20 minutes. Strain out the ingredient (and compost it!), then add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the dye. Once the dye has cooled, add the eggs. Let the eggs soak in the refrigerator overnight, which will intensify the color. In the morning, you’ll find jaw-dropping, museum-worthy Easter eggs that are sure to impress.

Ingredients for Your Natural Dyes

Are you ready to dye your Easter eggs? Use the ingredients below, depending on the color you wish to achieve. Don’t be afraid to use extra. Even if the dye has a deep color, it’s likely that the color of the egg won’t turn out quite as deep.

1. Pink

For pink dye, try avocado skins and pits or chopped beets.

2. Blue

For blue dye, try blueberries or red cabbage.

3. Green

For green dye, use a couple big handfuls of spinach or red onion skins.

4. Yellow

For yellow dye, use a few tablespoons of ground turmeric.

5. Orange

For orange dye, use yellow onion skins or a few tablespoons of chili power.

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You can make natural Easter egg dyes using avocado skins, onion peels, and other food scraps you already have at home. Here's how it's done.

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