Sunday, 8 April 2012

dyeing easter eggs naturally...


Every year we dye our Easter eggs, 'egg'sperimenting with different natural dyes; coffee, spinach, kale, red onion, turmeric - however we are always seduced by the gorgeous blue and brown colours that you get from the red cabbage and red onion! 


The boys do it all, from blowing the eggs to using kitchen knives, they find it hard not to break the shells and I find it hard not to want to take over the cutting! But it is important that they learn how to  use knives safely and responsibly.


We boil up the dye by chopping the vegetables into a big pan with some vinegar and water, the vinegar is meant to rough up the egg shells so they absorb the colour better. 


Then we carefully put the strained dye into a jar with the eggs, until our curiosity gets the better of us (usually overnight) and we have to open it up! 


We cut a few springs of hazel from our tree outside and pop in the middle of the table in a mason jar full of water. We hang the eggs by threading a tiny amount of cotton thread around a small piece of broken matchstick carefully pushed through the hole in the egg, which enables them to be hung on the tree. 


and there we have it - our Easter tree and table centrepiece! 


Happy Easter! 




3 comments:

  1. I really enjoy your blog. Wishing you lots of luck with the baby xx

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  2. This is stunning - i'll have to wait till next easter now though. Love your blog by the way

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  3. This looks fun. Never thought of dying the eggs - we normally just paint ours. The tree idea is good as well - again would have never thought of using a matchstick to help hanging them.

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