I love traditions, especially crafty ones. So naturally, I am a big fan of dying Easter eggs around this time of year! But I wanted to try something a little different. Though I love the pastel hues of Easter pinks and purples, I wanted to go completely botanical. Earthy. 100% Natural.
So this year’s eggs don’t only feature fern and stock silhouettes, but are all dyed using plants, veg and spices!
To Make a Yellow Egg:
Boil: 3 Chopped Carrots, 1 Tbs of of Turmeric, 2 Tbs of Vinegar and 1 Tbs of salt in 4 Cups of Water. Boil for about 30 minutes.
To make a Rust-Brown Egg, boil the skins of 2 large red onions, 1Tbs of salt, 2 Tbs of vinegar in 4 cups of water. Boil for 30 minutes.
To make a Blue Egg and this really is awesome, boil 1/2 a red cabbage (quartered), 1 Tbs salt, and 1 Tbs Vinegar in 4 cups of water. That’s right, red cabbage makes blue dye! After boiling, you should have a solidly purple liquid. At this stage, add a very small amount of baking soda, you should notice an instant frothing of blue! Add as much baking soda as you like to achieve the desired blue ( I go for a turquoise). Don’t add too much, though, or you’ll get green!
You should now have 3 lovely bowls of natural dye. A golden yellow, a turquoise blue, and a rusty brown!
While you wait for your dyes to cool, and they should be room temperature when you use them, you can prep your eggs! You can do this in two ways: Hard boil them, chill them, and then dunk them in the mixture to soak. Alternatively, make two small holes on either end of your egg, and blow out the yolk and egg white! This is tiring, but my preference, since it means the eggs will last forever, as opposed to a few days!
If you’d like to make a botanical pattern on your egg, you’ll need a snipping of a favourite leaf or flower and pantyhose! Place your leaf (I used fern and stock for mine!) against the un-dyed egg and then slip both inside a piece of pantyhose. Tie the ends of the pantyhose into a tight knot. Soak the egg in your dyes as normal.
I let my eggs soak for at LEAST 3 hours, but the longer the better! If you’ve gone for the pressed plant look, carfully remove the pantyhose to avoid smudging the silhouette. Your eggs will have a matte look, but you can easily enhance the gloss and vibrance by rubbing a bit of olive oil over each egg!
Now all you have to do is place your lovely natural eggs in a bowl or basket (or gift box if you have a very lucky friend!), and you’ve got an awesome, all natural Easter arrangement! 🙂