With Easter approaching I thought I would have a go at something different craft wise. Naturally dyed eggs. These make cute decorations and as it turns out, they are actually pretty simple to do. I have seen some amazingly intricate designs on Pinterest and with a bit of time and effort I am sure I could get some amazing results.
It took a little bit of experimenting but there are plenty of natural dyes that you can use. Red cabbage, beetroot, turmeric, spinach, onion skins, tea – each gives its own unique colour to the egg.
After a few experiments of my own, I have come to the conclusion that if you can try and use white eggs you will get a better result, I used your average brown ones. You can just dye your eggs as they are but I wanted to try and add a botanical pattern to mine.
What you need:
Eggs (however many you want to dye)
White vinegar (this helps the dye bond to the shell)
An old pair of sheer tights
A few pots or tubs
Natural dyes (I am going with red cabbage and turmeric)
Daisies or small leaves, herbs to produce the pattern
How to dye eggs
I have been told it is best to hard boil your eggs first and then set them aside to cool down. I have found out that red cabbage works really well as a natural dye, it gives a deep blue colour. I boiled a few slices of red cabbage in water with a cap full of white vinegar for about 30 minutes. You are left with a rich purple colour liquid.
With the small leaves that I had picked outdoors, I brushed on some white vinegar to the egg shell to help the leaves stick. I then cut a piece off of an old pair of tights and wrapped the egg up and tied it with string.
I then left the eggs to soak in the purple liquid over night.
I repeated the above technique using turmeric and onion skins too just to see how it would turn out, a added a dandelion head flower to this one.
The following morning I removed the eggs from the dye and took the tights off them, then gently peeled away the leaves and this is what I was left with. Pretty satisfying hey!?
Some people polish them up with a bit of olive oil and display them in lovely baskets. As mentioned the results probably would have been more intense on a light coloured egg. Red cabbage produces a deep blue, beetroot would produce pink, spinach makes green and onion skins or turmeric produce a golden yellow colour.
If you have tried something similar before, I would love to know how yours turned out.