➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson
Dyeing Easter eggs naturally using common foods such as coffee, cabbage, onions, and tea will transform your white and/or brown eggs into a rainbow of subdued colors.
Whether you're stuck at home and don't have any food color available, or want to do things the "old-fashioned way", it's really quite easy and fun to do Easter egg coloring naturally.
I'm including some fun activities for the kids to do with the dyed Easter Eggs below.
There are actually 3 ways to prepare eggs for dyeing and decorating.
Yes, you can dye raw eggs and use them as your Easter decorations. These will be eggs that are NEVER eaten. As long as the shell isn't broken, the egg contents will start to dry out over a period of months.
The fancy Ukrainian Pysanky eggs are usually done this way. There is the possibility that the egg may explode instead of drying out, but this doesn't happen often. It does stinks. The alternative is to create a hollow egg by blowing out the insides, but they are a bit more delicate to work with.
Either way, by using raw eggs or blowing them, your creations will last many years of they are handled with care.
Using hard-boiled eggs are the most common way for decorating eggs, especially when children are involved. Not only is it fun to have children help in dyeing and decorating the eggs, but what would an Easter Egg Hunt be without eggs?
Cool the eggs quickly under running water or place them in an ice bath. Once cool, refrigerate until you are ready to use them.
The third way for dyeing Easter eggs is to create a hollow egg by blowing out the egg.
How to blow out eggs:
Ready to make some colors? If you want deeper colors, you can put the eggs into the dyeing liquid more than once. As well, you can do some color mixing and get some unusual shades.
Here is the basic method for making most of the colors:
For dyeing one dozen eggs, you will need about four cups of dyeing solution.
You can most definitely prepare the dyes and color the eggs together with the kids. But, there are also some extra fun things to do to make these eggs eggstra special.
If you have "eyeball" stickers, this would be awesome!
If not, just use your markers and go to it. Be creative!
If you have a stamping kit, then you're all set to create unique designs. Use multiple colors on one egg or go monochromatic.
Before you dip those eggs into the natural dyes, get out your crayons. Draw on the design on the room-temperature eggs and then soak the eggs in the cool dye solution.
Once the eggs has soaked long enough to obtain the color shade you want, remove them.
If you wish to remove the wax after the dyed egg has dried, you can use a hair dryer to blow hot air over the egg which will melt the wax. Use a paper towel to wipe the wax off.
Hard-boiled eggs will keep about one week in your fridge. When you do take them out of the fridge for either dyeing, hiding, or serving, use them within 2 hours.
You can also use your hard-boiled eggs in a variety of recipes. Above, they are placed inside a meatloaf, before the meatloaf is placed in the oven.
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