How to Make Lindseed Oil Based Egg Dye


The tradition of coloring eggs as a part of a renewal celebration is thousands of years old. Eggs represent rebirth, such as when the earth is born again in the springtime after a barren winter. This is why dying eggs is a standard activity for Easter, the holiday that celebrates the arrival of spring. The best way to honor the new beauty of the earth is to protect it by using dyes made from natural ingredients when you color your eggs this year.

Step 1

Mix one tbsp. of linseed oil with one tsp. of white vinegar in a bowl.

Step 2

Stir in one tsp. of the natural pigment color of your choice.

Step 3

Add 1/2 tsp. of alum and allow it to dissolve in the liquid, stirring slowly.

Step 4

Pour in 1/2 cup of warm water to slightly dilute the dye. Mix the ingredients well.

Step 5

Use a spoon to dip hard-boiled eggs into your bowl and allow them to soak for five to ten minutes. Remove the eggs from the dye. Decide if you are happy with the intensity of the color. Return the eggs to the dye for three to five more minutes if you would like a more saturated color. Dry finished eggs in their original carton.

Things You'll Need

  • Linseed oil
  • Natural powder pigment
  • White distilled Vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Alum
  • Deep bowl


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Jourdan Townsend has been writing since childhood. Articles by Miss Townsend appear in the University of Oklahoma's collection of student works, and OU's Honors College Journal. In addition to her longer works, Miss Townsend composes poetry, some of which can be found in an edition of the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans.

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