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naturally dyed eggs


Thank you so much for your congratulatory messages on our pregnancy news. We are absolutely thrilled!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. With Paddy away this year, I tried to avoid moping and decided to try my hand at some naturally dyed eggs. We used recipes from here found on pinterest. I used brown eggs and soaked them in vinegar beforehand to remove some of the brown pigment and soften the shells before soaking the eggs in the dye for about 5-6 hours in the fridge.

Lalie enjoyed mashing up all the ingredients and making a total mess in the kitchen. By the end of our eggsperiment (sorry, couldn't resist), my kitchen and toddler both resembled my favourite hypercolour tee-shirt circa 1992.

Although the dye solutions were really vibrant, the colour didn't transfer quite as well as I had hoped for (and certainly didn't look anything like these), but I'm partial to a bit of mottled muted imperfection so I wasn't too disappointed.

Hot tip: If you try this next year, go all out and blow the eggs. I was lazy and just boiled them... by the end of the long weekend they stank to high heaven and had to be thrown out.

Aside from some mama-daughter crafting, our Easter was quiet and spent with family. To those who celebrate, what did you do this year?

14 comments :

  1. Haha - I think it would've been the vinegar softening their shells and making them more permeable that would've meant they smelled bad.. ;-) more importantly, I missed your news somehow: CONGRATULATIONS! exciting times! xx

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  2. I think the eggs turned out lovely, I get what you mean about blowing the eggs, haha! :-)

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  3. They are beautiful, I really like their subtlety. I had planned on dyeing eggs but that got derailed unfortunately, maybe next year we will have lovely mottled eggs too.

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  4. I used all natural food dyes and had a good result. I mixed about 20 drops of the dye with some boiling water and vinegar.
    At home you can actually buy white eggs...I asked a lady in Woolies where I could find the white eggs and she looked at me like I had two heads...so I am guessing that white eggs aren't really a thing here.
    Another trick is to draw on the eggs first with crayon...the dye doesn't stick to the wax and so you can make some really cool patterns.

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  5. They look lovely Claire, subtle yes, but wonderfully natural and I hardly blame you for just boiling them! And I am sure Lalie had a ball with her Mamma, creating them. Xx

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  6. I really love the natural colours you made. Easter here was quiet here too, a little family gathering at a new park and a bit of exploring to some wetlands and that was it for us. x

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  7. Your eggs are so lovely! We had a very nice, quiet Easter as well. So excited for you and your new addition. So incredible to think that next Easter you'll be one more! Oh life! :) xo

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  8. Pinterest - the answer to all crafty questions these days1 The eggs and your photos are lovely.

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  9. I love the subtlety in these eggs. And, beautiful images. We had a nice Easter with family. There were no other kids around, so Fiona had all the eggs to herself!

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  10. Oh, these are great! I'll definitely be trying this with my little next year.

    http://maltmemories.blogspot.com

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  11. mottled, muted imperfection in just lovely xx

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  12. oh! i used the same resource for the recipes. which did you do to get that black color?
    my favorites of mine were the eggs that came from the beet, cabbage, and tumeric (pink, blue, yellow) but i LOVE that dark color.
    also, i hadn't thought of soaking in vinegar. i'll remember that for next year.

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  13. Oh, I like the muted tones - quite lovely.

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  14. Beautiful colours Claire. Such a fun craft, one I'll be trying next year with Josephine, for sure. xx

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