Easter Eggs au Naturel

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Sometimes the simplest things in life are the ones that provide the most pleasure.  A cuppa tea with a friend, a walk on the beach or spending a Saturday dying Easter Eggs with two adorable little girls.

It will probably come as no surprise that my favorite way to color eggs is to create amazing dyes from things that you can find in your refrigerator or spice drawer ~ this is a food blog after all.  No matter how many times I do this, I am still awestruck by the vibrant and sometimes unexpected colors foods like cabbage, beets, onion skins and tumeric produce.  Who would have thought that red cabbage would produce the most vibrant blue/green color?  Or how about onion skins.  Those papery layers create a gorgeous burnt umber.  Tumeric a bright sunshine yellow.  I could go on an on, carrot tops – yellow; spinach – green; red zinger tea – lavender; dill seed – golden brown; coffee, tea and walnut shells – brown.  The options are almost endless.

Easter Eggs au Naturel Flowers

Now add some flowers, ferns and leaves wrapped around the eggs and secured with cheese cloth, submerged in the natural dyes for 24 hours and you have a gorgeous work of Easter art.

Natural Dye Easter Eggs

This year we ~ and by “we”, I mean my son his wife, their beautiful daughter and my dear friend Pam and her gorgeous 4 year old ~ also experimented with old silk ties to create beautifully patterned eggs.  BTW aren’t Pam’s images of the eggs absolutely stunning?  What a talented lady!

This was such a simple process and the eggs that it produced really were lovely!  I ran to our local second hand store and grabbed 5 old 100% silk ties, cut the seams and then cut the tie into as close to squares as a tie shape allows.  We used Jumbo eggs, but next time I would opt for large so that the coverage is a little better.

Silk Tie Easter Eggs

We had such fun!  Click the play button and join us at the Table for egg Dying au Naturel.  What are your favorite ways to create your Easter eggs?  We would love to hear ~ and see your art.

Easter Eggs au Naturel
Author: Leigh Olson
Create Easter egg works of art with cabbage, onion skins, beets, spices and old silk ties!
Ingredients
  • Natural Egg Dyes {the list below are the ingredients that we used. I have also included a list of other foods and spices should you wish to experiment a little more}
  • Hard boiled Eggs
  • 1 head of purple cabbage, chopped
  • 3 cups yellow onion skins
  • 2 large red beets, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons tumeric
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • Decorations {gathered from your backyard or local flower shop. Be creative!}
  • Flowers
  • Ferns
  • Leaves
  • Silk Tie Egg
  • Uncooked Eggs
  • 100% silk ties
  • White t-shirts
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Olive of vegetable oil
Instructions
Natural Dye
  1. Place 8 cups of water in large pots, one pot for each color.
  2. Place cabbage, beets, onion skins and tumeric in one of each of the pots of water. Boil for 30 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool fully. Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
  4. This can be done the night before and stored in quart mason jars.
To Decorate Eggs {hard boiled}
  1. Flowers | place these face down on the egg and smooth the petals on the surface of the egg.
  2. Leaves and Ferns | place on the surface of the egg.
  3. Wrap a cheese cloth square around the eggs to hold the organic materials on place.
  4. Place in mason jar and cover with natural dye.
  5. Refrigerator for 24 hours. The longer that they stay in the dye the more deeply the colors will develop.
Silk Tie Eggs {uncooked eggs}
  1. Remove stitching from tie and cut into large pieces to cover eggs
  2. Cut white t-shirt into small square ~ large enough to cover eggs 4″ x 4″
  3. Wrap silk material (outside of the material facing the shell) around egg and gather at the top of the egg.
  4. Wrap a t-shirt square over the silk covered egg and gather at the top. Tie off with a twist tie or a rubber band
  5. In a non-reactive pot (enameled pots work well), place 8 cups of cold water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  6. Place the egg bundles in the water and bring to a boil.
  7. Removed from heat and cover for 12 minutes.
  8. Place bundles in an ice bath and allow to cool.
  9. When cool to the touch, unwrap and wipe each egg with a little bit of oil.
Notes
[b]Purples[/b][br]Red Onion Skins[br]Hibiscus Tea[br]Red Wine[br][b][br][/b]Blues[br]Mashed Blueberries[br]Red Cabbage Leaves[br]Purple Grape Juice[br][br][b]Greens[/b][br]Spinach[br][br][b]Yellows[/b][br]Ground Turmeric[br]Fresh Turmeric[br]Ground Cumin[br][br][b]Browns[/b][br]Very Strong Coffee [br]Instant Coffee[br]Black Tea[br]Dill Seeds[br][br][b]Oranges[/b][br]Chili Powder[br]Paprika[br]Fresh Pressed Carrot Juice[br]Yellow Onion Skins[br][br][b]Pinks[/b][br]Fresh Pressed Beet Juice[br]Beets[br]Liquid from a jar of pickled beets[br]Fresh Cranberries [br][br][b]Reds[/b][br]Canned Cherries with Juice[br]Pure Pomegranate Juice