Easter Eggs – Dyeing with Natural Materials

Eggs have always been an important symbol around Easter, because in Christianity they represent new life and the resurrection of Jesus. Still today, people use the egg for decoration in their homes to remind them that Jesus broke out of the tomb like a chick out of the eggshell.


A widespread Easter tradition, not only in Sweden but also in many other parts of Europe, is to paint boiled eggs in vivid colours like red, green and blue. Egg painting is not difficult and we can show you an easy way to do this at home with your friends and family. We promise it is much more fun to throw an egg painting party at home than to simply buy Easter eggs in the supermarket.


You can always use food colouring or prepared egg colouring to dye the eggs, but there is also a more ecological approach to painting eggs – use natural ingredients! Vegetables, fruits and flowers offer such a wide range of colours that can easily be used for dyeing eggs. Use the following ingredients to get wonderfully coloured eggs:

  • Red – Beetroot, raspberries or pomegranate juice
  • Yellow – Caraway seeds, saffron
  • Blue/purple – Blueberries, red cabbage, mallow blossoms
  • Green – Spinach, parsley
  • Brown – Coffee, onion skins, black tea


Use ready-boiled eggs and clean them with vinegar before you dye them. Cut the vegetables and fruits you want to use into small pieces and boil them in water. Simmer the brew for about 30 minutes. If you add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the water the colours will be more vivid in the end. Put the eggs in the brew and leave them in the water for about 10 minutes. The longer you leave them in the water, the stronger the colours get. Once the eggs are dry you can rub a bit of oil onto the eggs so they become glossy.

Hint: When using white eggs you can try all different colours, but when using brown eggs the darker colours work best.


If you think plain-coloured eggs are too boring there are easy ways to put patterns on the eggs.

  • For leaf patterns simply take a small leaf (e.g. parsley) and fix it on the egg with a little bit of oil. Take an old nylon stocking and wrap it around the egg tightly. Put the egg in the dye and remove the stocking when the egg is dry. You can also use blossoms to get natural patterns.
  • For striped patterns you can wrap straw around the eggs before you put them in the colours.
  • For fine scratch patterns you need eggs with a thick shell. After they are dyed you can scratch patterns with a penknife into the shell.
  • To get other patterns put some drops of wax or lemon juice on the eggs before you put them in the dye. If you want the patterns to be more delicate, you can use brushes or needles to paint the pattern.

With all these ideas and hints we hope you can now plan your own egg painting party and enjoy this special tradition with your friends and family.

See the Nature Travels website for ideas for Easter Holidays in Sweden, such as our Discover Dog Sledding in Lapland 4-day dogsled tour.

Have a happy Easter (or “Glad Påsk” as they say in Sweden)!

Best regards

The Nature Travels Team

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