Dye Easter eggs naturally

9 April 2020
Reaching for what we have on hand to bring everyday wonder into our upside down world led to these. Any guesses what we used to color our Easter Eggs this year?


If you’ve never tried this before, you’ll be surprised what you will be able to do with what you already have at home.

Hold your noses for the time it takes to cook up one head of cabbage to make these because once the scent is gone, the color that’s left is truly wonderous, don’t you agree?

1 head Red Cabbage, shred
1 T. Vinegar
3 C. Water
How to:
Cabbage: Shred one head of red cabbage. Set cabbage in pan to boil.Cover cabbage with water (add more if necessary).
  • Cover the pot and boil for 45 minutes to one hour.
  • Remove pot from the heat and strain the cabbage out of the mixture.
  • Add vinegar to this strained dye bath and let cool. Once cool, add eggs. For more intense color, leave in the cooled dye bath longer.
    (NOTE: At the end of this post, 1. I’ve added a second, easy, idea that you will probably already have on hand in your pantry; and 2. How to make a toddler-unicorn- experience, using this dye process)
The color derived from red cabbage is almost a Robin’s Egg blue and my favourite Easter egg color. (The key to the bluer and deeper color is to keep them in the dye longer than you think you’ll need to or they only become gray.)
Red Cabbage, we vote you #1 for your color!  I’d love to hear from you if you try these, too or share them with me on Instagram (here | @willowdaygram #willowdayprojects) or Facebook. 

EXTRA : toddler-unicorn- experience,

  • Turn these into an amazing science experiment:
  • Place cabbage solution without the vinegar in a large mason jar
  • Add egg (or fabric) to the solution
  • NOW, add vinegar and stir
  • Follow this with a sprinkle of baking soda.

The colors change like unicorns, from purples to blues to greens.


Don’t have RED Cabbage on HAND, reach for your spice cupboard: with THIS | HERE  If not, try turmeric (HERE): The color is vibrant and there is little to no scent. 

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