This year, for Easter, we decided to try something a little different for the egg decorating. I ventured into natural dyes – something I had tried with success for Greta’s car cake for her 3rd birthday. To entertain the kids, even more, I had them paint some of the eggs and add washi tape – the last 4 eggs on the right side of this image are those eggs.
I started by boiling my ingredients in water for 30 minutes. I used tips from The Kitchn’s post on naturally dyed eggs as a starting point. Then, I strained all my dye through a sieve. Above is the results of boiled purple cabbage.
Next, I collected my dye in jars with 1-2 tablespoons vinegar. Jars with lids seemed like the best option for storing them in the fridge, while the dye set. We simply placed 1-2 hard-boiled eggs inside each jar to soak, I did one set overnight and one set for 8 hours.
During all of this, the kids helped me by being eager watchers. They also worked on watercolor painting their own eggs.
Like I said, it was a huge hit with the kids. They got to be observers of the changes of color over time. We took them out every hour during the day to check the progress.
I am looking forward to trying more natural dyes with other materials – paper, fabric, wool…