Eggs-travagant Easter Eggs
-- Dyeing Easter Eggs the Natural Way --
simple to do and oh so impressive!
need a $40 Easter egg decorating kit with pages of instructions
to impress your family and guests this Easter achieve
sophisticated elegance with colors taken directly from nature.
Simply decorated from a myriad of plants and flowers, you
can create a beautiful range of natural colors and textures.
Try this technique it's simple enough to do with
Gather together eggs, an enamel or stainless steel pot, vinegar,
cheesecloth, a rubber band, and plant materials such as onionskins,
blueberries, pecan hulls, parsley, spinach, beets or dandelions.
1. To prepare the dye bath, fill a pot with two or three cups
of plant material. Barely cover it with water (more plant
material produces stronger colors.) Simmer for at least 30
minutes. Add water and stir as needed. The dyes can be made
several days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Strain
and heat the dye before using it.
hard-boiled or blown out eggs. Carefully wash the eggs with
soap and water. Allow them to dry. Wipe the eggs with vinegar.
from yellow onion skin, red onion skin, and blueberries all
provide quick results...
decorate the eggs, moisten small leaves and grasses, one at
a time. Press them firmly against the egg. Hold them in place
by wrapping the eggs in a six-inch square of cheesecloth or
nylon pantyhose. Pull the cloth tight against the egg and
secure it with a rubber band. Immerse the egg in a container
of warm dye. Some dyes are stronger than others.
may take only a few moments or several hours. Dyes derived
from yellow onionskin, red onionskin, and blueberries all
provide quick results.
the eggs, drain, and let them dry upright.
magical and unpredictable process. Each lustrous Easter egg
is a unique surprise. Some of our favorites were the results
of happy accidents. Enjoy discovering!
Rondi Hillstrom Davis and Janell Sewall Oakes are the co-authors
of the award-winning book Together: Creating Family Traditions.
To check out their website that's jam packed with family ideas,
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