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DIY: Naturally Dyed Eggs

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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I had been really wanting to try my hand at creating and using a natural dye on eggs for some fun, springy decor. And it was SO simple and cheap! Plus, you may already have everything you need to begin. 

 

 

 

I started with hollowing out some white eggs by poking a hole with a nail in both ends of the egg. Instead of traditionally blowing out the eggs myself (and inevitably getting lightheaded), I used a bulb syringe! If you're a parent, you probably already have one and if you don't, it might be worth snagging one from the store just for this. It works quickly and efficiently at emptying those stubborn, fragile eggs. 

 

 

Once they were empty, I washed and set the eggs out to dry. I decided to go with a few different colors for my eggs; aqua, lavender, and pink.

 

Here's what you'll need:

 

Red cabbage (for aqua color)

Red Grape Juice (for lavender) 

2 Cans Beets

Vinegar

Hollowed white eggs

Water

 

 

Begin by finely chopping half a head of red cabbage and add to a pot.

Add one cup of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.

Heat on medium until water is very pigmented by the cabbage (usually about 10-15 minutes).

Strain your cabbage and pour remaining liquid into a glass bowl or jar and add the desired amount of eggs.

Repeat the same process with the canned beets (do not strain can).

For grape juice, just add 4 cups to a glass bowl or jar with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. No need to heat.

Add the desired amount of eggs.

 

 

 

I wanted a watercolor look for my eggs so I didn't allow eggs to be fully submerged, but instead flipped them in the dye every 15 minutes so there would be variation in pigment on the egg.

Remove eggs whenever you reach the desired level of color.

After I pulled the eggs out, I used a paper towel and rubbed the eggs to blend out lines that may have formed from flipping the eggs (you'll see what I mean if you choose this method). 

 

 

And that's it! You can add glitter or paint for extra bold color and shimmer. I wanted a more organic look so I left them as is. Happy Easter!!

 

 

 

 

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