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6 Tips to Transform Your Easter Eggs

Ever since you were a kid you have been dyeing your Easter eggs the same boring way. Sure, now they have cool sponges and other toys to make different textures but all in all they always turn out slightly… dull. Here are some ideas to help move you away from boring, manufactured egg-coloring kits to natural, fun dyeing techniques.

More Than Egg Dye

Easter egg decorating is for everyone, and is always one of the favorite activities for families looking to spend time together. Below is a list of several materials that will help you and your family to become egg decorating artists all while having fun and eating Easter treats.

1. Marbled: To give your eggs a fun swirly effect, wrap them in onion skin, place them in old pantyhose (tie the ends) and dye!

2. Stripes: Wrap your eggs in rubber bands of different widths before you dip then in the dye, and then take the bands offers they dry.

3. Sponged: Use different kinds of brushes to dab acrylic paint on your eggs for a sponged look.

4. Sparkly: Mix equal parts of glue and water, use it to cover your eggs, then roll them in very fine glitter.

5. Swirled: Wrap a piece of an old silk tie around the egg (printed side against the egg), then in a piece of white fabric and tie it shut with a twist-tie. Boil in water and a couple tablespoons of vinegar and let simmer for 20 minutes then take them out of the water. Remove the fabric once the eggs are cooled.

6. Pictures: Use a white crayon to draw pictures and designs on the eggs before dyeing them.

Go Green

Back in the day it wasn’t easy to find a cute little kit to dye your eggs with. Families resorted to nature and by grinding down certain ingredients they were able to achieve spectacular results with their Easter eggs. You will be surprised at the results you can achieve when you use natural ingredients.

To dye your eggs the natural way:

1. Place the eggs in a pan (only 1 egg deep) and add water and 1 teaspoon of vinegar, making sure the eggs are covered.

2. Add your choice of natural die. You can experiment with the amount of die you use to make the colors paler or more vibrant.

3. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the eggs and water simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Remove the eggs from the water and let them dry.

Here are some natural ways to bring out the color in your eggs:

1. Purple: a little purple grape juice, violet blossoms and 2 teaspoons lemon juice, or red zinger tea

2. Green: boiled spinach leaves or liquid chlorophyll

3. Yellow: boiled carrot tops or chamomile tea

4. Red: boiled red onion skins or pomegranate juice

5. Orange: chili powder or paprika

6. Pink: beets or raspberries

7. Blue: canned blueberries or boiled red cabbage leaves

First, bring the water to a boil then add the dye ingredient and alum powder. Keep the water boiling and add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water. Next, carefully add the hard-boiled eggs. Let it boil for at least ten minutes, even longer if you want a deeper shade.

About the Author

Parker Boyack is a writer for MyCollegesandCareers.com. My Colleges and Careers helps people determine if an online education is right for them and helps them understand which online courses and Online Schools they can choose from to reach their goals.

How To Green Spring: an Eco-Friendly Easter

Don’t we all love Easter? After all, most Americans celebrate with candy, eggs, and talk of bunnies. But unlike Christmas, the holiday comes and goes in a flash. Here are some ways that you can prepare for, enjoy, and even keep the fun of Easter going days later, all while relying on eco-friendly materials and setting a great example for the little ones.

Pre-Easter Projects You Can Do With the Kiddos

Basket-Making

No jokes about 101 college classes, please! You can make your own baskets by taking an old food container or coffee can, decorating it, and attaching handles. If you’re interested in going the extra mile, you can crochet, knit, or weave a plarn basket. What is plarn, you ask? It’s a groovy plastic yarn made from simply knotting strips of plastic grocery bags together. (Google Image it!) If time isn’t on your side, focus on getting a basket already made with eco-friendly materials — something that will last a long time, and possibly be used again for other purposes.

Dye Your Eggs Naturally, Instead of Buying Store-Bought Easter Egg Dye

Yellow #2. Blue Lake #40. Do you really want these glowing petrochemicals to be stars of the show at your egg-dying activities? Instead, just go shopping in your own pantry for a variety of natural foods that make great dyes. Simply mix vinegar with boiling water, and then add:

Red cabbage leaves to make blue eggs
Carrot tops or turmeric to make yellow eggs
Red onion skins to make red eggs
Black walnut shells to make brown ones

These are just a few of your options — do some research and have a blast experimenting!

Eco-Friendly Easter Grass

Replace that gosh-awful plastic junk and delight your kids by hunting down an eco-friendly way to embellish the bottom of your basket. Turn to a shredder or — old school — scissors-in-hand to finely shred some of your colorful junk mail. Or, use a natural alternative like raffia, which can be repurposed for other projects after the holidays are over.

And Now for the Best Part: The Goodies!

We all know there are plenty of options out there for filling those Easter baskets. But not all fillers are created equal. Taking the eco-track this holiday means avoiding all that “Made in China” dollar store dreck. Will your little one really thrill to getting a plastic whistle with a yellow chick painted on it? Do the kids actually need another plush bunny to fill out their collection? Here are just a few examples of some basket goodies that sit well with both the young’uns and Mother Nature.

Recycled Crayons: Scavenge through the broken crayon nibs and melt them down. You can either gently melt them in the oven in a silicone mold, or slowly melt them in a double boiler and then pour them into candy molds. This requires special bowls and other tools that will be dedicated for this purpose alone; you don’t want to use them with food again!

Eco (Play) Dough: Eco-friendly play dough recipes are a snap to make. When the kids are done playing, simply store in a cleaned out previously-used container. To make peanut butter play dough, which they can devour after playing with, simply mix 1 cup smooth peanut butter with 2 cups powdered sugar and ½ cup honey. Or for a salt bread dough: make with 4 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 4 cups water, 4 tablespoons oil, and ½ cup cream of tartar. The kids can leave out their creations to harden into permanent treasures (like marbleized paperweights or Christmas ornaments), or just toss when done. Similar to dying eggs, you can experiment with natural food dyes to color your dough.

Make Hair Clips from Eco-Felt: Eco felt is a readily-available felt purchased at most craft stores. Made in the U.S.A. out of post-consumer plastics, it’s perfect for a variety of projects ranging from flower clips to wallets.

The Fun Continues!

Keep all of your boiled egg shells and make some eggshell sidewalk chalk with the kids! Make sure to thoroughly clean the egg shells and then grind them into powder with a mortar and pestle, or a spoon or rock on concrete. Once ground, combine the powder from 6 egg shells, and add it to 1 teaspoon of flour and 1 teaspoon of very hot tap water. Make a paste, and wrap it in a paper towel to dry.

After 3 days, you have yourself some eco-chalk! Now aren’t you proud of your growing stable of eco-friendly home arts?

About the Author

Jennifer Tescione adores being a craft nerd and making bright and shiny things by raiding her kitchen cupboards. She also writes for FavorIdeas, a leading destination for unique baby shower favors and adorable bridal shower favors.