Colouring Easter Eggs

Decorate an Easter egg the traditional German way!

Making your own Easter eggs is a fun way to celebrate Easter.

Lots of children in Germany decorate eggs at Easter – why not try it out yourself!

We have chosen natural colours to colour our eggs. You can make these yourself, too.

IMPORTANT – make sure you get a grown-up to help you!

Blowing out the eggs

In order to decorate the eggs, you need to get the inside of the egg out without breaking the shell! It sounds difficult but it really is quite easy. Simply blow it out!

For this you will need:

  • eggs
  • a needle or a pin
  • a bowl

Before you start, make sure you ask an adult to help you!

Using the needle, poke a small hole in the narrow end of the egg and a slightly larger hole in the other end. Move it around a bit to make sure you tear the membrane (the rubbery layer) which surrounds the inside of the egg.

Holding the egg over the bowl, blow through the small hole. The egg will slowly be forced out via the larger hole and should end up in the bowl.

Don’t throw the inside of the eggs away! You can use them for a nice omelette, or for scrambled eggs.

Traditional Easter eggs

Colouring the eggs – the natural way

You can make lots of different colours using natural ingredients! They are easy to find. Here are some examples:

  • For pale red, use fresh beetroot, cranberries or frozen raspberries.
  • For yellow, use onion skins (simmer eggs for one minute – see description below).
  • For orange, use onion skins (simmer eggs for 3 minutes – see description below).
  • For brown, use onion skins (simmer eggs for 10 minutes – see description below).
  • For green, use frozen spinach.
  • For blue, use blueberries or red cabbage leaves.

Don’t throw the inside of the eggs away! You can use them for a nice omelette, or for scrambled eggs.

This is how you dye your Easter eggs with natural colours:

  1. Put the eggs in a single layer in a pan. Pour water in the pan until the eggs are covered.
  2. Add about a teaspoon of vinegar.
  3. Add the natural dye according to the colour that you want your eggs to be (the more eggs you dye at a time, the more dye you will need to use).
  4. Bring water to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the substance you used to colour the eggs. Put the eggs into a bowl. If you want your eggs to be a darker shade, cover them with the dye and leave them over night in the fridge.

If you enjoyed this Easter craft activity, why not try some Easter cooking and make an Osterzopf or Osterlamm?

Words Ahoy! · Wörter Ahoi!

Deutsch English
die Eier eggs
die Ostereier Easter eggs
die Farbe colour
rot red
braun brown
orange orange
gelb yellow
blau blue
grün green

You can find out more about Easter in Germany on our Easter page.