Dyeing Easter Eggs for Cheap

Posted on April 3rd, 2012 by Discount Debbie

Those little kits for dyeing Easter eggs are all over the place. I have seen them for as little as $1.50 and as expensive as $15 for some really fancy dyeing. But you really don’t need to buy these kits if you have food coloring and even some crayons.

1. Hard boil your eggs as usual.

2. Let cool or decorate with crayons. If you want to use crayons to decorate, you’ll want the eggs to be warm. That way when you go to draw on the eggs, the wax from the crayons will melt nicely. This is great for the little ones and is VERY little mess. Just make sure the eggs aren’t too hot for little ones to touch.

3. Break out the food coloring. Grab how ever many bowls you have as colors and pour water in them. Then, add some drops of food coloring to each bowl. The amount of drops really depends on the intensity of color you want. Also add some vinegar to your water, as this will help the colors be brighter! A teaspoon or two should be enough for a regular size bowl.

Looking for something more natural? Check out these recipes from Williams and Sonoma.

Robin’s Egg Blue

  • 2 cups (6 oz./185 g.) coarsely chopped red cabbage
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

Vivid Pink

  • 2 large beets, peeled and shredded
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

Tropical Orange

  • 2 cups (1 oz./30 g.) loosely packed yellow onion skins
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

Spicy Yellow

  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • a big pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

Deep Purple

  • 1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml.) thawed frozen Concord grape juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 3 cups (24 fl. oz./750 ml.) water



  1. Jon T April 3, 2012

    Saw a great twist the other day – crackling up the shells before dying with food colouring, and the egg inside takes on beautiful patterns!

  2. Chelsea Saulpaugh April 3, 2012

    I never thought about decorating eggs with crayons. What a great, frugal idea!

  3. Stephanie Hirsch April 3, 2012

    Great ideas, and tips, thanks!

  4. Denise Taylor-Dennis April 3, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this idea I like that the ingredients are natural instead of artificial colors.

  5. Dara Nix April 3, 2012

    I used to use the crayons and the food coloring with my kids – but I LOVE the ideas from Williams and Sonoma! Maybe I can now do this with my granddaughter!

  6. Debbie April 3, 2012

    You can also dye eggs with kool-aid.

  7. Laura April 3, 2012

    Thanks for the tips!

  8. Cory April 3, 2012

    This is great!! Thanks for sharing.

  9. michelle kessler April 4, 2012

    thats really awesome i never realized it was that easy and so much cheaper thank you

  10. Ciprian April 4, 2012

    natural recipes are very inspiring

  11. Lulu April 4, 2012

    Thank you for the natural recipies – I always wanted to try something that is not chimical, and they are so easy…

  12. Pinky Sade April 4, 2012

    Wow! Great recipes! Never thought of using natural before. This is great! Thanks!

  13. Jeannette Laframboise April 4, 2012

    Wow… I think I must have been living under a rock. I have only ever colored eggs with my children using a store purchased kit such as Pas. It truly never occurred to me that I could use red cabbage, onion skins or grape juice. Thanks so much for the tips. I think we will give it a try…now that I have come out from under my rock with great ideas. 🙂

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