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Natural Easter Egg Dye with Black Tea

Dying Easter eggs typically involves messy vinegar and chemical-filled food coloring. But that’s not the only way to add beautiful color to your eggs this holiday! When you use this natural Easter egg dye method, you can decorate your eggs with black tea, adding a rustic look to your Easter egg hunt this year.

Easter eggs dyed with black tea pin.

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What Do I Need for This Natural Easter Egg Dye?

If you want to skip those chemical food dyes this year, I suggest giving this black tea egg dye a try. This simple natural egg-dying method creates gorgeously colored eggs with unique markings. To use tea to dye your eggs, you’ll need just a few simple supplies, including:

Overhead view of black tea dyed eggs.

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How Do I Make Natural Easter Egg Dye?

This natural egg-dying method is a fun and unique way to color eggs with your family this Easter season. And all you have to do is follow these quick and easy instructions for using black tea to dye your eggs.

Step One: Make the Tea

Pour the boiling water into a large bowl and add the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for at least 10 minutes, then remove the bags from the water. Squeeze each bag into the water to remove the extra liquid from the bag, then discard them.

Step Two: Dye the Eggs

Pour the white vinegar into the bowl with the tea and stir to mix it in. Then, place the eggs in the bowl. Depending on the size of the bowl, you can dye up to 12 eggs with one batch of black tea. Allow the eggs to soak in the tea until your desired color is reached. I left our eggs to soak for 8 hours.

Step Three: Allow the Eggs to Dry

When you’re satisfied with the color of your Easter eggs, carefully remove them from the tea and transfer them to a paper towel to dry.

Easter eggs dyed with black tea.

Tea Easter Egg Dying Ideas

With this natural egg-dying method, you don’t have to worry about adding unwanted chemicals to your hard-boiled eggs. And since it’s so easy to do, you’re going to love trying these tea easter egg dye ideas!

  • Try different types of tea. Using different varieties of tea will result in different tints for your eggs. While black tea gives the eggs a rustic gold color, green tea will add a green hue to your eggs, and berry-based tea will give it a slightly red tint. Experiment with different tea varieties to see which colors you like best!
  • Let the eggs soak in the fridge. Since it often takes a long time for natural dying methods to tint the shells of your eggs, you may be worried that the hard-boiled eggs will go bad if they sit at room temperature for too long. If you plan on allowing the eggs to soak for 8 hours or more, simply place the bowl with the tea and eggs in the refrigerator. The cold air won’t affect the dying process.
  • Open the tea bags for a more concentrated color. Simply allowing the tea to steep in the water will result in a muted tone on your eggs. If you want the color to be darker and bolder, add the teal leaves directly to the boiling water. Allow the leaves to soak in the water for around 10 minutes, then add the eggs to the bowl with the tea leaves.
  • Don’t wipe the eggs dry. After removing your eggs from the tea dye, it’s important to let them air dry. Avoid trying to wipe the liquid off the eggs, or you may risk wiping the dye off the shell.

Black tea dyed eggs in a basket.

Does Tea Affect the Flavor of the Hard Boiled Eggs?

Since using tea is a natural method for dying your eggs, they’re perfectly safe to eat after you’re finished dying them. But that may make you wonder whether the flavor of the tea affects the taste of the eggs inside the shell. As long as the shells aren’t cracked, you shouldn’t have any issues with the flavor of the tea seeping into the egg inside. That means you can enjoy your hard-boiled eggs without worrying about it tasting like Earl Grey!

Do You Dye Eggs in Hot or Cold Water?

Whether you’re using traditional Easter egg dye or dying your eggs using this natural method, the best way to tint the shell of your eggs is by using hot water. When dying your Easter eggs with tea, the boiling water allows the tea to steep more quickly. But the hot water also helps the color adhere to the eggshell more easily.

Do You Boil Eggs Before Dying Them?

No matter what method you plan to use to dye your eggs, it’s important that you take the time to boil the eggs before dying them. Hard-boiled eggs are much safer to dye because the inside of the egg is solid, making the shell a little stronger. Luckily, you’ll need boiling water to prepare this natural dying method. So, you can boil your eggs, then allow the tea to steep in the boiling water, helping you reduce waste as you’re coloring your eggs for Easter.

Black tea dyed Easter eggs in a basket.

Black tea dyed Easter eggs in a basket.

Natural Easter Egg Dye with Black Tea

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Instructions

Step One: Make the Tea

  • Pour the boiling water into a large bowl and add the tea bags. Allow the tea to steep for at least 10 minutes, then remove the bags from the water. Squeeze each bag into the water to remove the extra liquid from the bag, then discard them.

Step Two: Dye the Eggs

  • Pour the vinegar into the bowl with the tea and stir to mix it in. Then, place the eggs in the bowl. Depending on the size of the bowl, you can dye up to 12 eggs with one batch of black tea. Allow the eggs to soak in the tea until your desired color is reached. I left our eggs to soak for 8 hours.

Step Three: Allow the Eggs to Dry

  • When you’re satisfied with the color of your Easter eggs, carefully remove them from the tea and transfer them to a paper towel to dry.
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