This year I thought it would be fun to experiment with unique ways to dye Easter eggs. Being in Hawaii inspired me to try something plant-based. Let’s see how to dye Easter eggs with hibiscus.
Hibiscus flowers are all over Hawaii. They are native to the islands as well as a few other tropical locations. Growing up in Southern California, they were actually quite common, but it wasn’t until recently that I thought about using them for dye.
I tried a few different methods to see what works best. I’ll share my tips and tricks along the way.
If you are visiting via Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill, thanks for coming over! Wasn’t her Easter egg wreath super cute? Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers’ projects when you get to the end of this post.
If this is your first time visiting This Dear Casa, I don’t normally focus on tropical decor. I have a more traditional with a twist style, with lots of vintage. However, we love tropical destinations and while we are visiting there, we fully embrace the whole look!
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Yellow hibiscus is abundant where we stay in Hawaii. There are also red and pink varieties too.
Hibiscus is a natural dye that can create beautiful, vibrant colors on your Easter eggs. Unlike artificial dyes, hibiscus is a natural and eco-friendly option for dyeing Easter eggs.
Since I wasn’t sure how the flowers would work, I bought hibiscus tea as well.
The tea shown above in the photo is more yellow than I wanted so I bought Tazo Passion tea. It is a blend of hibiscus and other ingredients. I’ve used it in the past on fabric and liked the almost dusty rose color that it produced.
Under the photo are links to dried hibiscus in case the plant isn’t readily available in your area. Tazo tea is linked as well.
You will need white eggs, hibiscus flowers and/or tea, water, vinegar, and a pot.
I read that you can boil the flowers together with the eggs, but I spaced out and boiled the eggs alone. Mom brain!
Boil flowers and or tea in enough water to submerge eggs.
Prepare your dye. In a pot, add 2 cups of water, 1 cup of hibiscus flowers, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
I first tried the yellow hibiscus. The water instantly turned yellow and I was really excited that I would get deep goldenrod yellow.
In reality the eggs are a muted mustard yellow.
I only had six flowers; more flowers would provide more intense color.
Soak eggs as long as you like.
To get deeper colors, soak eggs overnight.
You can use soup bowls or plastic containers and store in the refrigerator.
After trying the yellow hibiscus, I tried a combo of pink and red flowers.
I had high hopes for this mix, but the result was very lackluster.
The result is sort of a light brown.
The only reason I can think of is that I let the yellow flowers dry out about two weeks longer than the red and pink.
Next I tried the tea. This yields the most dramatic result; an indigo almost black color. I was surprised because my cloth dye projects were much lighter and more pink! I left the tea bags in with the eggs, which produced a blotchy look, which I thought looked cool!
More About How to Dye Easter Eggs with Hibiscus
Can I eat my hibiscus flowers?
Yes! As a kid I first tasted hibiscus as agua fresca de Jamaica (pronounced ha-my-i-ca in Spanish), which is a Mexican drink made of hibiscus. You can also try it in tea form as mentioned above. So it will also be suitable to dye eggs!
Are plant dye projects good for kids?
My son is five and he was totally interested in this. He wanted to help place the eggs in and out of the dye and he wanted to see how they turned out. With some adult guidance, even younger kids could participate.
What other plants can I use to dye Easter eggs?
There are quite a few! Indigo, fennel, yarrow, dahlia, chamomile, avocado seeds, and more.
Now that you know the steps, here are some tips and tricks to optimize your hibiscus egg dyeing experience:
- Use white eggs, as they will take on the color of the dye more easily than brown eggs.
- Experiment with different ratios of hibiscus to water to achieve different shades of color.
- Add more vinegar to the dye if you want a brighter, more vibrant color.
- Use a white crayon or wax to draw designs on your eggs before dyeing them, creating a resist effect where the wax is applied.
- Store your dyed eggs in the refrigerator to keep them fresh.
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I just love natural dyed eggs, such a wonderful old-fashioned way of doing it! Love the organic look!
Thank you! Glad you like them. This is my first attempt to use natural dye for eggs and I’m digging the look 💗
These are absolutely stunning! I’ve used various vegetables but never with tea. I can’t wait to try this
Thank you so much! It was fun to test different methods and let my kiddo join in. 😊
This is awesome and I love the colors!
Thanks so much! I’m so glad you like the results 💗
Oh, this is the coolest way to color eggs! I love the overnight hibiscus ones. I
Thank you! The overnight version turned out way different than I thought!
I love this and am going to be trying this very soon!!!
They came out beautiful, Marie! I had a massive Hibiscus with deep red flowers in my garden in South Africa.
Thanks Marieza! Oh that sounds so beautiful!! Have a great weekend. 🌺
so beautiful that you could have them out all year!!!!
Thank you! Turned out different than I expected but still good. Have a great day!
What a neat way to dye Easter eggs. The end result is so pretty.
Thank you so much! Happy you stopped by 😊
This idea is really inventive. How lucky you are to live in beautiful Hawaii. Hibiscus are such gorgeous flowers and this project was a great way to make use of their colors.
Thank you so much for visiting! Glad you like this project 🌺
They look amazing!
Thank you very much!
I tried beets once, and they worked good. Spinach not so much. Such a pretty color you got.
Oh those both sound like fun things to try. I almost tried spinach with a wilting I had – glad I ran out of time ☺️
What a great idea! These eggs came out beautifully!
Thank you so much! It was fun to try something other than the usual food coloring.
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Such a great way to dye eggs. I love how natural looking they turned out. Thanks for joining the hop.
Thanks so much 💗Thank you for organizing the hop Janet and your patience with snafus ☺️
What a unique way to dye eggs! That color of blue is so natural and unlike anything you’d achieve with food coloring. Thanks for sharing, Marie! Pinned 🙂
What a beautiful way to dye eggs. I may need to do this with the littles in my life!
Thank you! You can try different plants to see which they like best 💗
What a fun project. I love the idea of the natural dye. Thanks for sharing, Marie!
Hey Kim! This was a fun experiment ☺️ Glad you liked it!
I like that the plants/flowers are a natural way to dye eggs. With everything being toxic you don’t need to worry about your son enjoying the process. And the eggs turned out lovely!
Thank you so much! I’m glad I tried this method. It was fun & interesting 🌺
Being a herbie, I have read about using plants and flowers to dye things. I have never done it. But, now you have inspired me to actually do it! Thanks for sharing this! Your eggs turned out so beautiful! Great post!
An “herbie” that’s a cute term! Thanks for reading 💗 Hope you have a great day!
fun activity to do with the grandkids. Thanks for sharing it!
Definitely a good one to do with kids! Thanks for reading!
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LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
Thanks Cecilia! I’m glad you enjoyed this post 🌸🥚
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I would have never in a million years thought to dye eggs with hibiscus, Marie! These are all so beautiful. We have a lot of hibiscus in Florida too so I can’t wait to try this idea. It’s really pretty! Big hugs and happy Easter, CoCo
Oh thanks CoCo! I forgot you are in Florida- you can experiment with fabric too. I’m happy you enjoyed this post 💗 Happy Easter 🐇
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Hi, Marie! The hosts and I couldn’t stop thinking about this project! I’m excited to tell you this post is being featured in Whimsy Home Wednesday Link party this week! Thanks for joining us and I hope to see you at the party this week! Pinning!
That makes me so happy Kristin! Glad you all liked this project. Thanks for sharing
I love this idea! Your eggs turned out beautifully!
Thank you very much Anna! Hope you have a Happy Easter 🐣
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