Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter eggs, naturally

After a lovely, traditional, Easter-y morning, we set about to dye eggs with ingredients from our kitchen.
We used purple cabbage, grated carrots, turmeric, coffee grounds, red onion skin, pine needles, baby greens, a few red raspberries, and tea bags (Red Zinger), as well as vinegar and aluminum foil.  These were all things we had on hand, but other herbs and kitchen ingredients would work well, too.  I'm thinking grated beets, grape peels, sumac berries, blue berries, goldenrod, etc.

Some of our hens lay white eggs, which work beautifully, but we also tried a couple of the paler green and tan colored ones.  I let Camille, Sylvia, and Ayla loose with the food stuff, and each egg was wrapped in a separate square of foil with the chosen dye ingredients.  The girls really enjoyed experimenting with color combinations, and most eggs had several ingredients wrapped around them.  

  When they were all tightly wrapped, we simmered then for 15 minutes in a stock pot.  We added a glug of vinegar to the water to help fix the colors.

 About an hour later when the eggs were cooled, the girls unwrapped some of their creations to see the effects.

 I knew the colors would be much subtler than the brightly colored dyes we've used before, but I didn't realize how stunning they would be as a whole.  I love the marbled designs that appeared.  Sylvia and Ayla rubbed a dab of coconut oil on some of them to give them a little shine.

We went for a long walk to enjoy the sunshine even though it had just finished sleeting.  Ack, this spring weather!
 It was cold and windy, but the skies were blue, blue, blue.

Back at home, we finished unwrapping and admiring the eggs and proceeded to eat several of them.  I think little Ayla ate at least three.

No day seems to be complete around here without some dress-up play.

 So, there was that, and a living room light show.

I love an Easter (or any day!) filled with love, light, beauty, nature, and sweetness.  

P.S.  My kids first learned this technique for egg dyeing at a homeschool class at Aldo Leopold Nature Center.  

P.P.S.  Camille left one egg to sit in its foil wrapper overnight, and the results were even more rich, saturated colors.  If you try this technique and have the patience for it, I would recommend leaving them sit longer than an hour. 


  1. Yes, quite sweet and lovely. It looks like a wonderful day for you all. May you continue to have days filled with love and light.

  2. Thanks, Jenny, and you as well. xx

  3. wow. Those last eggs are rad. I never heard of dyeing egg this way. Its kind of like opening up a bunch of presents. We did natural dyes last year but they all kind of looked the same. I need to read up a bit more on it. This year we painted eggs that had been blown out. That sounds weird.


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