How to Make Natural Dyed Eggs with Herb Relief Patterns for Easter


Happy Easter…


We are hard at work on my parents kitchen renovation.

I will be posting about our progress later in the week.

As Easter is quickly approaching I thought you might enjoy a tutorial  on dying eggs using natural dyes and herb relief patterns.


I am going to show you how to make these Easter Eggs using natural dyes of cabbage, onion skin and beets.

I had seen this technique before but had never tried it. Today was the day! First we boiled chopped up red cabbage, onion skins and chopped beets each in their own pot (covered with enough water that when you add the eggs later they will be covered). Let them boil for aboiut 20min. and then let cool a bit. Add 4TBS. vinegar to each pot. While these pots are boiling up prep your eggs.

Take a pair of nylons and cut the toes out a few inches to make a pocket, then place pieces of any interesting herb or flower petal in the nylons around the egg and then tie off tightly with a twist tie.


 I used dill, parsley, mint and the tops off of strawberries ( only because I had just bought strawberries)



Here are the eggs getting kitted out in their herb and stocking outfits (yes, it was a bit tedious)



This is a close up of the dill wrapped around the egg, try to get the leaves separated, it will give a better effect.

Once they are ready, place them in your dye of choice and bring back up to a slow boil for about twenty min.

You can let them sit in the dye bath longer if you want more vibrant colours.



Remove the nylons and herbs, pat dry and rub with oil.

You can see the strawberry top looked so pretty I left it on for this photo.


 The cabbage makes the blue colour, The two tone eggs were first put in the onion skins then I took them out, unwrapped them and put them in the cabbage pot.

The burl bowl they are being shown in is one Kent has made, it is available in the shop here on



 Beet dye with dill fronds



 Onion skin dye with parsley leaf



 Cabbage dye with dill fronds




 Onion skin dye with parsley first then remove parsley and put in cabbage dye



 Beet dye with strawberry top


I decided to display them on the side table in the dining room in a folk art boat also made by Kent and available here



 I hope you have a wonderful Easter with family and friends! 


If you are a “Pin for later” kind of gal… Here you go!! 


Herb dyed Easter Eggs


  1. The cabbage and dill frond combination is my favorite! Great ideas!

  2. These are beautiful! Looks like fun, we need to try this!

  3. BEAUTIFUL! Just pinned! Life to the full! Melissa

  4. How pretty!!

  5. Very cool! Striking graphic images.

  6. Gorgeous, Cynthia! I especially love the blue one with dill. I’d love to fill bowls with those this year on my Easter table!

  7. These are so beautiful. I must give it a try this year!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  8. Wow, those are so lovely, Cynthia. I would have never even considered using cabbage to dye eggs! Thanks for sharing these beautiful eggs!

  9. Oh my gosh! Your eggs are just beautiful and I love how they are dyed with natural things. I will have to try this when the grandgirls are visiting!

  10. Wow, those are beautiful! Thanks for sharing … must definitely try (although, I know they won’t be nearly as lovely as yours are)!

  11. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the use of the natural dyes.

    • Hi Carolyn,
      The natural dyes are fantastic… My problem is I want to keep making them, how many dozen easter eggs is to many?:)

  12. These are beautiful and you have definitely inspired me to try them. I always blow out a dozen or so eggs and play around with them at Easter time- this process will be perfect for them! Now if I can just keep from getting light-headed from all that blowing! LOL Visiting from Pamela’s party.

  13. So beautiful Cynthia!! Get’s me excited about Easter – hard to believe it will be here before we know it!

  14. I love these eggs, Cynthia! Thanks for sharing such a unique way to decorate them – love the herb patterns, and the colors are so pretty! I pinned this to my Easter and Spring board on Pinterest for upcoming inspiration! :)

  15. Dianne Gingrich says:

    Those eggs are gorgeous!

    • Cynthia says:

      Thanks Dianne, I like them too. Next time I want to do some in the cabbage dye, then remove the herbs and dip them in the cabbage again just for a few minutes, I think it would give a very pretty two tone blue effect.

  16. Kerri Gingerich says:

    They are beautiful ! I am definitely going to try that.

  17. These are so beautiful! I had no idea that you could use onion skins and cabbage as dye. They look amazing and I love the earthy tones. The blue is my fave :)


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