Monthly Archives: March 2013

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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One thing that I love about Easter time is egg dying, for two reasons. First, I just love trying out all of the different decorating techniques. And second, I look for any excuse to make deviled eggs!

In my many years of egg decorating, I have tried pretty much every technique known to man from shrinkable plastic wrappers to acrylic paint and pretty much every type of process that our friends at Paas have come up with! When deciding on how to decorate my eggs this year, I came across a few techniques (and one tip regarding deviled eggs) that interested me.

I first discovered a technique that you can wrap eggs in patterned silk fabric to provide beautifully intricate eggs, as shown in the below photo.

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If you’d like to try this technique out yourself, there are some great directions over on Our Best Bites.

While I would love to have such lovely eggs in my home this year, I am pretty sure fabric dye is not food safe, meaning no deviled eggs from these beauties! Simply unacceptable.

That got me to thinking, I have a ton of beets from our organic produce bin and they seem to dye everything, I bet they’ll work to die eggs! Turns out, I was right. In fact, there is a rainbow of possibilities when it comes to natural egg dyes.  You simply boil some water and add vinegar and enough vegetable matter or spice to provide good color. Bon Appetit has some great recipes for different colors, but I only had beets and some curry powder on hand so I went with pink and yellow eggs.

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Before boiling the eggs, be sure to turn them on their sides for a day before boiling them. Why is that, you ask? Well, you want your deviled eggs to be perfectly centered, don’t you!

I used about 3 cups of water, and 1/4 cup of vinegar in both. For the pink dye I used 1 medium sized beet, cut into 1/2″ cubes and boiled for about 30 min. For the yellow dye, I did not have turmeric, but was able to obtain the same effect using about 3 Tablespoons of yellow curry powder in 3 cups of water and a few Tablespoons of vinegar for about 15 minutes.

Once the dyes had cooled I was able to submerge the eggs and wait, like you would using any of the Paas brand dyes (though they do take a bit longer…30+ minutes). To add a little interest, I used my silhouette to cut some contact paper into different shapes. In order to keep the stickers in place, I tightly wrapped the eggs in some well washed nylons and knotted each end before submerging them in the die.

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The eggs turned out beautifully, though not as vibrant as I’d hoped. I think that takes more patience than I had, but still a ton of fun.

Happy Easter, and happy decorating!

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