This year for the first time……..
We attempted to use Natural Dying techniques to color our eggs.
(And before you get all “eggy” and Easter Bunny…Pagan Fertility on me….I’ll have you know that my daughter….on her own accord prayed this evening that we would not get caught up in all the chocolate eggs tomorrow and forget what Easter is really about!)
Ha. She thinks she’s getting Chocolate!
(Doesn’t she know that at precisely midnight tonight her mother will be found scouraging the kitchen cupboards, for any kind of sweet morsel left over from Halloween? (A holiday we’ve also discussed at great lengths but that’s another post) Seriously, instead of writing this I should be pulling out the fridge and checking to see what kinds of goodies have fallen behind it over the last year…..lest the kids get only Easter eggs in their baskets. (Baskets that I haven’t found yet).
Anyway, back to the egg making.
So, having laid somewhat of a foundation with the wee ones, I thought a little Easter Egg fun wasn’t completly out of the question.
So this afternoon we scoured around the house for anything and everything that might leave a lasting color on our eggs. Here’s what we came up with:
BlueBerries for Grey/Blue:
Orange Peels & Curry for Yellow:
Coffee for Beige/Brown:
Beets for Red/Pink:
Okay, you got me.
I didn’t really have Beets in my fridge. Totally made an extra trip to the store for these….buy hey, we picked up some eggs while we were there, and those were completely necessary.
We had great fun
all ALL afternoon making the different dyes and letting our eggs soak up the color! (Yes, we added vinager to make the color stay….we’re not complete doofs.) Okay, well we might have forgot it for part of the afternoon….but NOT the whole afternoon.
For first timers, we had a blast, and the kiddos thought Mom was a flippin genius pulling out a trick like that.
(Kuddos to Me)
And then of course we helped the colors along a bit with those Natural little Tabs that you can pick up in the Organic Kits at the Whole Foods Store. You know the ones…..
So here are the Natural Eggs (on the right) with the Hybrid Eggs (on the left):
(Again….they are Hybrid because we added just a tad of those Natural Powders to our Natural Dyes)
All together they make a pretty Spring Basket:
I think the Coffee Eggs are my Fav!
Anyone Else Use Natural Dyes this year? What worked….I’m jotting down notes for next year!