You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Easter Craft - Success!

We did have one craft that turned out pretty darn cool if we say ourselves, or I say so on our behalf.

I've wanted to try using natural dyes for Easter eggs the last couple of years but never got around to it. This year I happened to have all the stuff we'd need plus a few extra minutes so Ella and I got our crafty on!

I looked on Pinterest and found a Pin for recipes [which I copied and pasted into a Word doc to print so I don't remember where I got it.] and off we went.

In a nutshell you simmer different veggies, fruit peels or spices in water for about 15 minutes, add ~2-3 tsp of vinegar, dunk your eggs and leave them overnight. Easy peasy!

budding chemist

We used:
Red Cabbage = dark purpley/blue - very pretty
Paprika = dark orange - very exotic
Red Onion peels = light orange
Carrot tops = very, very light yellow - no workey with brown or green eggs
Blueberries = light bluish grayish - recipe said to leave them intact which did nothing so we mashed them with a fork and got cool color dots where the eggs were resting on them
Dill seed = baby poo brownish/yellowish

pretty, no?

We had about 7 dozen eggs - our hens have been busy! - so we colored a lot of them.

It was a fun, easy craft so I think we'll add it to our Easter repertoire for next year.

1 comment:

Teamarcia said...

Very cool! Beautiful colors too. Vie been meaning to try that but forgot all about it this year. We have the standard issue PAAS colors here.


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