Skip to content

Easter, au naturel

April 23, 2011

We decided to eschew those mass produced Easter egg dye pellets this year, and try something a little different.

And to heck with hardboiling all the eggs–nobody eats them later. I have long wanted to decorate and decoupage blown eggs, so that’s what we did.

We started with 18 white eggs, and ended up with 16, after Gray tried his hand at things. He squeezed a little (a lot) too hard when he was trying to get all the innards out. No matter. Chris stepped in and emptied them all for us while I started making the dyes. Boiling various foodstuffs, then adding a couple of tablespoons of vinegar (about 3T per cup of dye) yielded a fun way to color eggs that the kids really enjoyed.

Following is a photo sequence of this evenings fun, followed by a list of things that make certain shades of good egg dye. One thing: be sure to wash the eggs with soap first, so that the dye can penetrate the shell. One more thing: this doesn’t have to be just an Easter project–eggs are a wonderful palette for art any time of the year!

Here are some of the things we bought for dye:

Gray helping pierce an egg:

What happened when Gray tried to help even more:

Boiling beets (foreground) and yellow onions and lemon peels (background). The beets made a lovely dye:

Getting set up:

My crazy familia!

Dyeing:

Egg dyed with chile powder:

Egg dyed with beets:

Oliver looks on, completely uninterested (look how big she is!):

A little Mod Podge and some pretty pictures, and voila! Some really purty eggs. We aren’t hiding these. Tomorrow I’ll run string through them and hang them in the kitchen window to be enjoyed for awhile.

COLOR KEY FOR NATURAL EGG DYE:

BLUE
Purple Grape Juice

GREEN
Spinach Leaves (boiled)

ORANGE
Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Carrots

RED
Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Pomegranate juice
Raspberries

YELLOW
Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)

PURPLE
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Red Wine

PINK
Beets

GREEN-YELLOW
Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)

BROWN or BEIGE
Strong Coffee

BROWN-ORANGE
Chili Powder

Advertisements
One Comment leave one →
  1. hallie permalink
    April 24, 2011 8:42 am

    ooooooh, fun!! your photos are so freaking awesome.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: