Crafting Natural Easter Eggs
Dying Easter eggs is a fun activity for kids as well as the perfect way to decorate for your outdoor Easter celebration. There are plenty of reasons to go natural when decorating your Easter eggs. Not only is this an environmentally friendly option, but it is one that can serve as a fun, educational experience for the younger members of your family. Naturally dyed and decorated Easter eggs also have unique qualities that make them much more attractive than eggs colored with store-bought dye packages.
To get started, it is important to have the right eggs. For the brightest colors, bright white eggs are the way to go. However, brown eggs have a pleasantly antique look when dyed, which makes them appealing for those in search of a more elegant option for their Easter table. If you are hiding your Easter eggs, or if you would like to have hard boiled eggs for eating later, then be sure to boil them right before dying. Otherwise, you can poke a hole in the bottom of the egg and another smaller hole in the top and blow out the insides. This makes it possible for you to keep your dyed eggs as decoration for next year, though it does make them more fragile.
Natural dyes can be crafted with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. About four cups of any chopped fruit or vegetable boiled in four cups of water will do the trick. If using a spice, then use four tablespoons in the same amount of water. (Note that you'll need to add two tablespoons of white vinegar as well to craft the dye.)
For bright yellow and orange colors, use yellow onion skin. A more yellow-green color can be achieved with green apple peels. Meanwhile, the spice turmeric provides a bright yellow color. Chili powder can be used for a bright orange color.
Purple and red colors can be achieved with red beets (which can also have a pinkish hue), red onion skins (which tends to create a light purple to a red color) and raspberries or blackberries.
Oddly enough, to create bright blue color, you will need to boil red cabbage. For green colors, use spinach, appropriately enough. Purple grape juice and brewed coffee can be used as-is for a pale lavender color and an antiqued tan color, respectively.
Eggs can be dipped in one all-over color, or you can dip portions of the egg into different dyes for multiple hues. Remember that the longer an egg is soaked in the dye, the more intense the resulting color will be.
There are also many ways that you can add fun and creative patterns to your eggs. The wax from a white crayon will keep dye from adhering to the shell, which allows you to create any design of your choosing on the egg. You can also try wrapping the egg in rubber bands to create striped patterns and effects. Dying eggs with these methods will leave them with a matte effect – if you would like a shinier egg, coat them with a little bit of olive oil until they have a faint sheen.
Once you've finished your eggs, be sure to display them with pride! Whether you craft your own Easter baskets or make birds' nests for your patio, there are plenty of ways to display them during your holiday celebration.