Roo has been given a project at school to decorate an egg for Easter celebrations and each of the children in each of the year’s will win a prize. The eggs will be displayed in the school and I have no doubt this is going to bring out lots of competitiveness and brilliant examples of craft from the mum’s as we all go mad to create the best design. If you’re not sure of how to decorate an egg or even transform your egg into something more beautiful here’s a quick guide to natural egg dyeing which produces some fantastic colours.
What You’ll Need
- Yellow onion skin – turns the egg yellow
- Red onion skin – turns the egg yellow – brown
- Birch leaves – turns the egg light green
- Beetroot peel – turns the egg brownish – red
- Blueberries – turns the egg purple
- Turmeric – turns the egg very pale yellow
- Cayenne pepper – turns the egg a very pale orange and leaves a speckly effect from undissolved spices
- Whole red cabbage leaves – turns the egg purple
- Chopped red cabbage leaves – turns the egg blue
- Beetroot juice – turns the egg light pastel pink
- Cooking oil
How To Dye Your Eggs
Bring a pan of water, a couple of tablespoons of vinegar and your dyeing material of choice to the boil in a saucepan. Add the eggs. Experiment with the boiling time and the amount of dyeing material to get different shades of colour and depth. I have boiled mine in the past for between 15 – 20 minutes.
When finished dyeing cool down the eggs under cold running water and leave to dry.
Once the eggs are dry brush with oil to make them shiny.
If you have really little ones and don’t want to get them near hot water and would like to keep this an activity they can do all the way through.
Put the eggs in the solution of vinegar, water and your dyeing material and leave to soak for between 2.5 hours and 5 hours in the cold water and let the eggs take on the colour this way.
Most importantly when this is all done do not eat hard boiled eggs that have been left out for more than 2 hours.Refrigerate hard boiled eggs within 2 hours 45degrees or less, eat within 1 week! Raw eggs can only be left out for 2 hours or less also. I don’t want people out there getting sick and poorly for Easter!
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