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.
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.
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