There are many ways to create Easter egg colors without buying dye.

Dying Easter eggs is a coveted Easter tradition. Some sources say that it started with North Africans who were converted to Christianity more than 500 years ago. Since eggs and meat were so scare in the area, the gift of an egg on Easter was so wonderful that they wanted to decorate them with festive colors. Later, Edward I of England had eggs decorated as gifts for Easter.

The egg symbolizes the beginning of life that happens in the Spring and, depending on your religious beliefs, the meaning of Easter.

You've probably been through the process of putting food coloring in a cup of water and dropping your egg in it. If you're more interested in a natural approach or just don't have time to grab food coloring, there's a way to create dyes for your eggs that come straight from natural ingredients.

It will take longer for these dyes to stain your eggs and they work best with empty shells.

For instructions on how to blow out your eggs, click here.

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    Turmeric or Cumin - Yellow

    Take four tablespoons of the spice and boil it in four cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. Let it simmer for 30 minutes. You have a nice yellow!

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    Red Beets - Pink/Red

    Mash the beets. Take four cups of mashed beets and boil it in four cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. Let it simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the beets out of the liquid. You have a nice red or pink!

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    Red Cabbage - Blue

    Mash the cabbage. Take four cups of mashed cabbage and boil it in four cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. Let it simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the cabbage out of the liquid. You have a nice blue!

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    Spinach - Green

    Mash the spinach. Take four cups of mashed spinach and boil it in four cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. Let it simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the spinach out of the liquid. You have a nice green!

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    Grape Juice - Purple

    Take four cups of purple grape juice and boil it in four cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. Let it simmer for 30 minutes. You have a nice lavender!

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    Chili Powder - Orange

    Take four tablespoons of the spice and boil it in four cups of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar. Let it simmer for 30 minutes. You have a nice orange!