Saturday, April 7, 2012

Naturally Died Easter Eggs

Beets, blueberries, onion skins, turmeric, and red cabbage. So easy and perfect. That's all you need to make naturally dies Easter eggs. And they are so much cooler looking than the store bought dyes and much more fun than the plastic ones. 
You'll need the above ingredients plus a few extras for fun. 

  • 1-2 dozen eggs (if you have smaller ones, buy 2 dozen, you may have a few broken ones)
  • 1 cup blueberries (greyish-blue)
  •  3 chopped beets (red)
  • 3 yellow onion skins (brown)
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric (yellow)
  • half a shredded red cabbage (blue!)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar per batch
  • rubber bands
  • tape
Boil each of the coloring ingredients in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes, then strain. Add 1/4 cup vinegar per batch. Boil your eggs in water for 10 minutes to make them hard boiled. Remember to save the egg cartons to put eggs back in after dying.

Then it's time for the kids to decorate the eggs. You can tie rubber bands around them and tape them up to create patterns. We even tried using plastic wrap on one! Wipe each egg with vinegar first so that they hold the dye better. And please, just let your kids handle the eggs no matter how young they might be, if an egg breaks, they will learn. There is no "right way" to do these, just let the kids experiment and get messy. 

After decorating, dip them in the dyes and leave for as long as you like. We left ours for 4 hours and they came out beautifully. Be careful when taking them out of the dyes, they can be rubbed off easily when wet. Put in a sunny spot to dry and then enjoy the hunt! 

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