Easter is coming up fast and I’m seeing tons of great ideas all over Pinterest.
We love making holiday crafts and Easter is no exception. I have used natural dyes for Easter eggs before, and I wanted to share how we do it.
Prepping the Eggs
For the first time, I decided to hollow out my eggs. I did this for a couple reasons. First, I am just not in the mood for boiled egg smell around the house. And second, I want them to last a few days so they can be appreciated throughout the Easter holiday.
There definitely has to be a neater way to do this. At first I tried poking the top of the egg with a toothpick, but it proved to be too soft against the egg shell. So I ended up using a paring knife instead. I poke and poked until each egg had a small hole at the top and a slightly larger one at the bottom. Next, the fun part, is blowing through the small hole and forcing the egg to come through the bottom. To my amazement, a couple of the yolks actually got through in one piece!
I bought eggs specifically for this project, but didn’t want the eggs to go to waste. I scrambled them all up and poured them into a bottle. Now we’ve got some eggs ready for scrambling for a few days this week.
Easter Egg Dye Color Chart
To make each egg dye color, bring each ingredient to a boil separately in saucepans. The longer you boil, the more vibrant the colors will be. Let the water cool before coloring your Easter eggs. I would definitely suggest you do this prepping before the kids get involved!
- for Pink we used raspberries
- for Blue we used red cabbage
- for Purple we used blueberries
- for Yellow and Orange we used yellow onion skins
And for the eggs that didn’t take color (I pureed the raspberries instead of boiling them like the rest of the food items and that did not work), we painted with acrylic paint. And yes, I know how unnatural that was lol.
Dying Easter Eggs
We drew some designs on the egg shells with crayons. You can use a white crayon and the wax keeps those areas colored from turning when you’re dying the eggs.
Then we poured a cup of each color dyed water into small bowls and dipped our eggs into the water. We let the eggs sit in the water for 30 minutes on each side. Next we put the eggs to dry. The following day I polished the eggs with a bit of olive oil to add shine.
I’ll be filling these bad boys with Jello (the Jiggler recipe) and hopefully they turn out amazing. I’ll share pictures of that so you guys know how it went 🙂
So what’s your favorite way to decorate for Easter?