Friday, April 1, 2011

Vibrant Vegetable Dyed Easter Eggs


Well our much desired spring seems to be playing an April fools trick on us today... by bringing us snow! So I decided today would be a good day to share our Easter egg project ~ knowing that the "real" Spring shall shine her face upon us soon! This process took awhile and created quite the mess (my white counter now has so much character ; ) but was lots of fun!
This was a first for us so it was very thrilling to prepare it all, let it sit and then oh and ah the beautiful results.
There are so many different colors you can attempt to dye your eggs but we opted to try our hand at the three primary colors and see how it went.


To create ~ begin by taking your room temperature (helps with the process) eggs and pierce the top and bottom of the egg with a large needle. This can be done by kids (my eight year old loved the whole process) but obviously with care. Be sure to pierce the egg yoke to make for easier blowing. Then enlarge the hole at the end of the egg you will be blowing out from. It gets a little messy ~ we had eggs breaking, eggs landing on chairs, eggs on clothes and hands, but hey thats half the fun!

You can then rinse out your eggs and prepare your vegetable dye baths. 

 For red dye: Take 4 beets and roughly chop them. Combine it with 4 cups water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid for dyeing.
For yellow dye: Heat 4 cups water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt in a saucepan. Add 6 tablespoon ground turmeric and stir well. Simmer for just a few minutes until the turmeric dissolves.
For blue dye: Take 1 large red cabbage (about 1 pound) and shred it. Combine in a saucepan with 4 cups water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer 30 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid for dyeing.


If you want to play around with some other colors here is a helpful chart.

We had one little girl get so involved in the process she decided she needed to dress the part ... 

stirring her pot of medicinal goodness.

After you have strained and cooled your dye you can add your eggs. We got a little stuck as to how to keep our eggs from bobbing back up ~ hence we came up with this method. Seemed to work!


Then leave your eggs in their dye baths and let nature work its magic! We left our eggs in overnight to see how deep we could get the colors.


The results were lovely.


You can then drain your eggs (we placed ours upright into plants to drain), gently dry your eggs and then give them a rub down with a little oil to make them shine.


There are so many ways to go about creating beautiful eggs.
To name a few...




Tie-Dyed Eggs
Collect a handful of different sized rubber bands. Wrap the bands, one at a time, around the eggs. Dye the eggs, remove them from the liquid and let them dry completely before pulling off the rubber bands.

Crayon Eggs
Perhaps the easiest technique of all is the color-with-crayons method. Simply draw a design onto your eggs and then dye as you would any other Easter egg.

Dip Dyed Eggs
Dip dyed eggs into a second coat of darker dye to add a whole new color. The first coat is boiled and the second is cold-dipped for 5 to 10 minutes. To cold-dip, place egg in a small glass bowl or paper cup and prop it up against the side. Some great color combinations include coffee and blueberry; turmeric and red cabbage; and onion skins and cranberry juice.

Wrapping with Onion Skins
This method is a little messy, but the results are always a pleasant surprise. Rub eggs with white vinegar and wrap in onion skins. Secure the skins with cotton string, dental floss, narrow rubber bands or nylon stocking. When boiled, the skins dye the shells giving a natural tie-dye look. To achieve a full, rich effect, practice using many layers of onion skins. Hint: Pre-dampening the skins helps them stick to the egg.



I thought perhaps we may use our pretty eggs for an Easter treasure hunt (by hiding the clues rolled up inside each egg ~ needing them to be smashed *gasp* to be found) and then having their Easter baskets at the end of the hunt. The girls also want to write wee love notes, roll them up tight and slide them inside the eggs to hand out as Easter gifts. We shall see what inspiration hits!

Have fun coloring your world!

~ Shanti ~

45 comments:

  1. Ahhh! I've been at a loss as to how to easily get blue! You are amazing - thank you! (:

    ReplyDelete
  2. ooh, beautiful! Love that Easter grass basket!

    ReplyDelete
  3. lovely indeed! excellent pictures. follow the link and check out my give away, your followers will love it:)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh lovely! Now I've dyed eggs dozens of times, but i've never blown the egg out - we always just boiled them. It never occured to me to blow the insides out....

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh, the blue is SO brilliant! We've done the other 2 colors similarly with great success but never tried blue (we had chickens until we moved last year that laid blue and green eggs so we didn't need to ;) ). WE'll definitely try this next week!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  6. This post makes me want to color eggs this weekend. Thanks again for the crafting inspiration! :) You girls rocks.

    Oona Nicholas

    ReplyDelete
  7. Our favorite thing to do with blown eggs is to fill them with (paper) confetti and smash them on each other's heads. Admittedly, we've never had eggs this beautiful to work with, though.

    The confetti just kind of stays inside, but if you're concerned, you could place a sticker or bit of tissue over the hole.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Those colors are fantastic! We NEED some color.

    ReplyDelete
  9. How Amazing!!!! Cannot wait to try this- thank you sooo much!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh. My. Goodness. Amazing as always, you make this seem SO do able, thank you! (P.S. my daughter saw the post and wanted the 'easter eggs for easter' she kept asking me to 'get them out' -she's 2)

    ReplyDelete
  11. These are what I always HOPE for but never get! Thanks so much for sharing...will try this with my class (brave soul that I am) and with my own kids...maybe I'll start blowing the eggs out NOW to be ready for next week! The blue is so beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  12. The colours are GORGEOUS! It's so satisfying dyeing with natural dyes. Have you seen the eggs at bigsislilsis? I think you would LOVE them. http://bigsislilsis.com/2010/04/02/natural-dye-colored-easter-eggs/

    ReplyDelete
  13. Whoa, I've never gotten such vibrant colors with natural dyes. BEAUTIFUL-

    ReplyDelete
  14. A timely seasonal post! The eggs turned out beautifully and I look forward to giving the onion skins a try.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wonderful eggs! Thanks so much for sharing, I can't wait to give it a try.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful and informative post. I can't wait to try some of these with my kids this year. I love the photos...just look so vibrant and i love the idea of using NATURAL products for this annual activity. Thanks for sharing. (I follow and visit often). come by and say hello!

    ReplyDelete
  17. those colours are amazing - thanks for the dying tips - what a great result. I never would have guessed that red cabbage would make blue.
    hmm there you go.

    ReplyDelete
  18. W-S wanderings... I checked out those eggs and fell in love. You were so right. Shall have to give them a go!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Oh, you are always so danged clever and esoteric. I think I want to be you when I grow up.

    ReplyDelete
  20. We dyed some eggs with onion skins and loved the color! So fun! Those colors are bueaitful. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

    ReplyDelete
  21. We've done "Psyanka" for years so we are familiar with blown eggs but when trying natural dyes I have never been able to get that vibrant blue! It is beautiful!! Thank-you so much for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Fabulous! I did the same thing last week with the cabbage. I loved the results!
    PS- I also really love your Blog makeover!
    ~Michelle
    http://www.falafelandthebee.com/?p=5628

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hi!
    I just had a question. I died eggs with the beets and was really happy with the results when I took them out of the die, but after a while the color turned to brown and - well they were pretty in their own way but not what I expected... Have you had this experience in the past? Do you have an idea of what i didn't do right? i'm thinking of dying silk with the same method, but i'm looking for reddish color - not brown! Thank you so much for all your great ideas!
    ~Vika, Montreal, Qc

    ReplyDelete
  24. http://eggsksa.blogspot.com/ see this blog

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love reading your articles. Thank you very much. Write more.Thank you for these photos.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thanks for this information, I think it will come in handy in the future.

    ReplyDelete
  27. We support students seeking Essay Writing Services in the finance field. For this reason, we are dedicated towards full-time Best Paper Writing Service. We provide our excellent services at an affordable rate.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Are you a research student at any level of study? Are you looking to hire services for your research, especially the APA Proofreading Services section? A Dissertation Proofreading Services is the longest and most important part of any research, but similarly very complex and abstruse.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Social skills are vitally important to success in life, but it is important to find a place where do we find practice. Cheap dissertation writing services is a place where students do practice and find academic writing help.

    ReplyDelete

  30. This are new articles style for you. แทงบาคาร่า You can find some new idea on this. แทงบาคาร่า It might help you to write or think some new idea.
    แทงบาคาร่า Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post.
    แทงบาคาร่า I am very glad for reading my articles.

    ReplyDelete

  31. This Is Really Useful And Nice Information. แทงบาคาร่า
    This are such great articles. แทงบาคาร่า This articles can help you to make some new ideas.
    แทงบาคาร่า I appreciate for reading my blogs.


    ReplyDelete

  32. מה זה "הארציזם"?

    HAARETZISM:

    אתר השנאה של הארץ, גזענות אנטי-יהודית, בדויות, חצי אמיתות, תומך בטרור, גזענות שווא:

    אתר "הארץ" הבלתי מהימן אשר מתחילת שנות האלפיים מגזים בשיטתיות, המציא לעתים קרובות "חדשות מזויפות" , בדה עובדות (לפעמים התנצל בצורה חלשה ורק לאחר שהשקר כבר הופץ באופן נרחב) ומצדיק ההתקפות הערביות הגזעניות האנטי - יהודיים, ומתייגים ב"גזענות" דוקא אלה שחוששים מההתקפות הגזעניות, בעצם.
    באופן כללי, "הארץ" עושה שימוש בטרמינולוגיה של מילים גדולות כמו "גזענות" ו"פשיזם" אפילו כשאינם קשורים (יש שהבהירו שזה מיועד לקליקים לפיתיון - בייט קליקס). האתר הסית שוב ושוב לאלימות. ומעל הכל, הפיץ שנאה כלפי יהודים, כולל קריקטורות שנאה מרושעות. האתר מצוטט באופן נרחב על ידי ניאו-נאצים. וכל האמור לעיל "הארץ" עסק ועוסק בפנאטיות. בקנאותו הוא אף משכתב את ההיסטוריה מחדש.

    HAARETZISM:
    Haaretz hate site, anti-Jewish racism, fabrication, half-truths, pro-terror, false Racialization:

    Since, especially, the early 2000s' unreliable Haaretz has been systematically exaggerating, often invented fake news, fabricating facts (sometimes apologizing weakly and only after the falsehood was widely disseminated) and apologetic for racist Arab attacks targeting Jews, yet slapping falsely the "racism" label exclusively on those that fear the very racist attacks. In general, using big words terminology like "racism" and "fascism" when not even related (some stated, it's intended for bait clicks). It has incited repeatedly for violence. And above all, has been spreading hatred against Jews, including vile hate cartoons. It's widely quoted by neo-Nazis. And all of the above, with a fanaticism. In its zealotry, it even rewrites history.

    Hate And A Racialization Earoneous Termimolgy Zone.

    __

    Harm.
    Hate.
    Hostility.
    Hoax.
    Humbug.
    hoodwink.
    Hatched.
    Half-truths.

    History-rewriters.

    ________

    Artificial.
    Altering.

    Aberrant.
    Abhorrence.

    Animus.
    Animosity.

    _______

    Racist.
    Racializations.
    Arouse.
    Rancor.
    Repugnance.
    Revulsion.
    Red herring.
    Rewriting.

    ______

    Erroneous, ersatz.
    Erroneous-editors.
    Eagerness.
    Exaggeration.
    Erratic.
    Enmity.
    Enmity-effortfully.
    Egging-on-Encourage-Enmity.

    ____

    Trolls.
    Trump-up.
    Text-To-Tap-In...
    Tar, Tarnishing.
    Twisted-Terminology.

    ___

    Zealots-Zone.
    Zero, Zilch.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hello Everyone out there,I am here to give my testimony about a Herbalist doctor who helped me . I was infected with HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS in 2011, i went to many hospitals for cure but there was no solution, so I was thinking how can I get a solution out so that my body can be okay. One day I was in the river side thinking where I can go to get solution. so a lady walked to me telling me why am I so sad and i open up all to her telling her my problem, she told me that she can help me out, she introduce me to a doctor who uses herbal medication to cure HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS and gave me his email, so i mail him. He told me all the things I need to do and also give me instructions to take, which I followed properly. Before I knew what is happening after two weeks the HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS that was in my body got vanished . so if you are also heart broken and also need a help, you can also email him at {oliha.miraclemedicine@gmail.com}
    or whatsapp him number: +2349038382931. or website is https://olihamiraclemedicine.webs.com/
    Contact him today and you will have a testimony...Good luck!

    Dr. OLIHA Also Cures:
    1. HIV/AIDS
    2. HERPES 1/2
    3. CANCER
    4. ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
    5. Hepatitis B
    6. chronic pancreatic
    7. Emphysema
    8. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    ReplyDelete
  34. Very interesting blog. I also create numbers of blog posts, articles and essays. I work for EssaysWorld.net and it is a qualified writing platform where writers usually receive such requests, such as please write my discussion post for me or "do for me my dissertation paper" and they are quite right in their choice of writing agency, cause here you can find really talented writers and create brilliant responses.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Discount VouchersJuly 30, 2022 at 7:21 AM

    The Fantastic page I am glad to share it with all my friends. Latest Offers Deal This is a new deal for you.

    ReplyDelete
  36. How good, This article is quite in-depth and gives a good overview of the topic. Thanks
    Kursi Tamu Mewah
    Kursi Tamu Mewah

    ReplyDelete
  37. Well this is very great idea to make the kids involve in extra particular activities. Moreover these colors are made with vegetables. Now it's time to avail https://www.vfixphonesandtech.com/ for more information.

    ReplyDelete

We ((LOVE)) your comments!!! Thank you with all our hearts for visiting us here at Twig and Toadstool. xo

ShareThis

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails