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Easter Creativity - Natural Dye Colored Easter Eggs

June 29, 2016

Easter Creativity - Natural Dye Colored Easter Eggs

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Alright... Even though it is still one more day until Good Friday and I know my beautiful granny would not approve of this right now, as we always dyed our Easter Eggs on Good Friday every year.

But I still felt this itch in my fingers to do something creative! Therefore I felt like giving the natural dye Easter eggs a second chance.

I tried to do them already last year, which didn't turn out be very successful. But I felt the need to rise to the challenge and try them again as I really love the idea and the look of them.

The first challenge for me was trying to buy some eggs that were white or very pale in color!

Back in Germany, I grew up with chickens and there eggs were usually mostly white in color.

But buying eggs in Australia, I found that 99% of egg cartons contain of brown eggs, which makes them hard to dye.

The was my first mistake I made last year, as I had trouble finding pale or white colored eggs.

This year I got lucky!

Locally 'produced' biodynamic eggs proved to be just what I was after!

Very happy with my found, I felt inspired to get all the other ingredients I needed.

So I bought half a red cabbage, one bag of brown onions & some spinach went home and explored my garden for some flowers & leaves.

Last year I tried to get the green dye out of freshly cut grass. Didn't work!

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After I picked a few flowers and foliage I went back inside and got started.

I still had some left over nylon stockings from last year that I wanted to use up, some string and my bio dynamic eggs.

To get more out of the stockings, I cut them into smaller pieces.

I put the flowers & leaves face down onto the eggs and pulled a piece of stocking over each prepared egg, pulled the stocking really tied and fastened the open ends with some string.

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After preparing my little 'egg-parcels' I started to the pots ready for the dying:

  • I cut up all the red cabbage and put it into a cooking pot and added some water for boiling them.
  • Peeled of all the onion skin and put them into a small cooking pot with some water as well.
  • Put the spinach into a pot as well with some added water.
  • Placed all my prepared eggs into the different pots and started to bring to water to boil.
  • Let the eggs with onion skin, red cabbage & spinach boil for about 8 min.

 

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Take the pots of the stove and let them cool down.

I decided to put the cooled down eggs and dye mixture into some tall storage canisters and let them sit overnight.

The was probably my biggest mistake I made last year, as I only let them sit for a couple of hours.

And that wasn't enough for the dye to work!

You can leave them outside or alternatively put them in the fridge.

I didn't have any room in my fridge.

Therefore they had to stay outside for the night!

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Next morning, I just couldn't wait.

Straight after getting some breakfast into my boys, I got the eggs out off the dye mixture and cut the nylon stockings open.

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Soooo so happy when I peeled the stockings off!!!!

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Wishing you a very creative & wonderful Easter.

Verena






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