We experimented a little with natural dyes for our Easter eggs this year…specifically with things we already had in the house.

I had 2/3 of a head of red cabbage left in the fridge from dinner a few days ago. Using all the thicker bits I would normally cut off anyway I cut up half of that and boiled it with vinegar (and unwisely a couple of eggs as well). Red cabbage made a beautiful blue egg. Turmeric turned a brown egg yellow. Turmeric mixed with red cabbage left an egg green, onion skins made 2 red eggs, and turmeric dye mixed with leftover cabbage dye turned another orange-brown.

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Did you know that the brown colouring will actually rub off if you boil the egg with any vinegar?

It does. Very odd.

I thought at first that I would boil the eggs in with the red cabbage and a bit of vinegar. But when I took the two brown eggs out, the top layer rubbed right off and I was left with two very pale purple/grey eggs. I popped them back in to a cold dye bath in the fridge and that seemed to do the trick. Then as I was rubbing oil into the blue shells I dropped one…just as well it was hard boiled.

In fact, the only eggs that kept their original brown colouring throughout the dyeing process were the red ones dyed in onion skins. The orange-brown egg also did not have the original brown colouring rub off, but only because I wasvery careful not to rub the egg at all in transfering it from the dye bath to the paper towel to dry. Otherwise I am sure that it too would have ended up like the blue, green and yellow eggs, needing a second soak in the dye.

Cub's egg

Easter crafting didn’t just involve chicken eggs here this year. I also made a couple of wet-felted wool surprise eggs for Mausi and Cub. Mausi’s held a couple of chocolate eggs, and Cub’s held a playsilk.

wool surprise eggs

Papa thinks they look like Pacman.

I wet felted wool roving around a plastic egg and once dry I cut them open. To tidy up the edges I added a blanket stitch with cotton embroidery floss.

And just because Easter eggs are such fun, and there are a host of unique ones out there I thought I’d leave you with these two ideas for next year…

flax and wine crochet eggs

Inspired by crochet covered rocks (I had never thought to do this, but what a neat idea) Anne from flax & twine made these lovely crochet covered eggs! If I ever get my hands on some of those lovely blue and speckled heritage breed chicken eggs I will have to try my own hand at this…or maybe just with market eggs next year.

cinnamon and thyme leaf print eggs

And for some botanically inspired egg lovliness, I will leave you with this stunning picture of a gorgeous blue egg dyed by Ana of Cinnamon & Thyme.

I hope you have all had a wonderful Easter!

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One Response to Naturally dyed Easter eggs

  1. Madapadawak says:

    Lovely!
    I believe boiled walnut shells give a beautiful brown/gold dye which sounds great!

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