Naturally Dyed Eggs / 2
Several years ago, we decided to forgo a store bought egg dying kit, and chose instead to try our hands at some natural egg dying. We were so enamored with the result that it’s now tradition in celebration of spring for our family to load up a produce sack full of yellow onion skins, a box full of knee high pantyhose, a head of red cabbage, and a carton of eggs.
Although there are likely multiple ways to “decorate” the eggs, our favorite is to collect bits and pieces of flora & fauna from around the yard. Using leaves and flowers with more details or more delicate features produces the best results. Violas are our earliest bloomers, so they are fast favorites. Lacy leaves and daisy shaped blooms with colored centers have produced our most amazing results.
After collecting our materials, we place the chosen clipping onto the raw egg, wrap a section of pantyhose securely around the whole egg & clipping, give it a couple of twists to tighten the hose against the egg, and tie the entire bundle with yarn. This is best done with two sets of hands: one to hold the pantyhose in place, and one to tie.
Once the eggs are all prepared, we load them into the dye bath. We lay half of the onion skins on the bottom of the pot, layer the eggs in next, and then fill the pot with water, making sure to cover the top of the eggs by one or two inches. The other half of the onion skins is laid into the water across the top of the eggs. We boil the eggs for 15 minutes, then leave them sitting in the dye bath for another 30 minutes. Yellow onion skins turn the eggs a brilliant shade of rust orange. We are so fond of the result that we haven’t experimented too much with other colors, but we have used turmeric (for an orange/yellow,) canned blueberries (for a gray/blue,) and red cabbage leaves (for a brighter blue.)
We love the entire process involved in naturally dying eggs. The kids’ favorite part is wrapping them. Unwrapping them is mine. They’re always a surprise, and are especially beautiful when they pick up colors from the plant clippings.
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