How to color eggs for Easter with natural ingredients

How to color eggs for Easter with natural ingredients

When I was little, on the last day of school the teacher gave us a bag of spices to color the eggs for Easter. Typically they were red or orange or green. It was enough to pour the contents of the bag into boiling water and then cook the eggs.

Today, artificial dyes are often used for colored eggs, but it is very easy to color the eggs to create a centerpiece (or to taste them) at Easter with natural ingredients, derived from plants or spices.

Creating these ingredients to color the eggs blue, red, yellow, orange or green is a very nice thing to do with children.

In this article we see a step by step method to color the eggs for our Easter table using these ingredients, thus making them also consumable and not just a decoration.


You will need a glass mouthpiece for color, a saucepan, vinegar, and obviously hard-boiled eggs.

  1. To make the orange eggs: in a saucepan put two cups of copper onion peels, one or two tablespoons of vinegar, and so much water to cover the peels by a couple of cm.
  2. How to make yellow eggs: put two cups of water, a tablespoon of turmeric powder, two tablespoons of vinegar in a saucepan.
  3. Color the eggs green: in a saucepan put two cups of red onion peels or alternatively two teaspoons of powdered seaweed, 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar, so much water to cover the peels by 1-2 cm.
  4. Make the blue eggs: in a saucepan put 2 cups of red cabbage, 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar, enough water to cover the leaves by 1-2 cm.
  5. To have pink eggs: 2 cups of chopped beets in a saucepan, 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar, enough water to cover the whole by 1-2 cm.


Boil the contents of the saucepan for a period ranging from 15 minutes to 60 minutes. It depends on how intense you want the color of your eggs. Once the liquid has been turned off and allowed to cool, then add the vinegar.

Pour the liquid into a glass mouthpiece (not a plastic container or it will be dyed), insert the hard-boiled eggs and put them in the fridge. Obviously each boccaccio will have a different color, so repeat the operation for each color. Let the eggs rest for 5 hours to a whole night in the fridge.

In the morning drain them, let them dry in absorbent paper sheets and here are your colored eggs for Easter.

Looking for other fun things to do with your kids?
With the chocolate left over, try making these diet bounties with them. 
Or make ice cream bananas together.

If you want to distract them while you do your thing at home, you can try using this site to have them color drawings online,  or print one of these games to help them learn while having fun. 

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