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How to make naturally dyed Easter eggs

Finished dyed Easter eggs
Finished dyed Easter eggs | © National Trust Video Team

This craft is a great way to create some vibrant Easter eggs from natural ingredients. They’re also ideal for using in an Easter egg hunt around your house or garden. If younger family members would like to get involved, it's best to have an adult there to help with some of the trickier parts.

What you'll need

  • Turmeric for yellow eggs
  • Red onion skins for red eggs
  • Red cabbage for blue eggs
  • White or pale eggs
  • A saucepan
  • A chopping board
  • Some white vinegar
  • A knife
  • An adult to help you with the tricky bits


Prepare your ingredients
Finely chop your vegetables if you’re using some for the dye. Then, put your vegetables or turmeric into the saucepan, and completely cover with water. Put in two tablespoons of vinegar for every pint of water.
Extract the dye
Boil for 30 minutes if you’re using a vegetable, or between 30 minutes and two hours if you’re using turmeric.
Prepare the eggs
While the dye is being extracted, wash your eggs with soap and water.
Dye those eggs
Using a ladle or spoon, carefully put your eggs into the saucepan with the dyeing agent and submerge them. Keep these in the saucepan for 15 minutes.
Finish the eggs
Allow the eggs to cool overnight for the colour to set in.

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