Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tutorial on how to dye Easter eggs using natural ingredients

First I want to show you my new egg cups that I got in the mail the other day, I bought two floral ones and four white porcelain ones. I thought the floral ones looked pretty with my beautiful beaded eggs.
Now they can sit up on the mantle without curious little fingers getting at them:)

I also want to share my egg dying experiment using natural dyes. I colored several eggs using beet juice, *green tea, and these *onion skins. 

Years ago I read an article about how you could use onion skins to dye your eggs and I've been wanting to try it ever since. That was a lot of years ago and I'm just now getting around to it!

I only dyed just a few eggs this go around, using a few natural elements. I'd never done this before so I wanted to get the feel for it first, maybe learn a few tricks of my own. I loved how the eggs turned out using onion skins and the green tea, but I was disappointed in the beet juice eggs, they looked nice and pink when I brought them out of the juice but when you rinse them off most of the color goes down the drain and you end up with a gray egg. Don't get me wrong, I loved the subtle colors a lot but a few of my eggs cracked when I put them in the boiling water and then the dye got into the cracks and left me with some not so pretty eggs. I never thought about the cracking issue. 

Next year I will make more using a few other ingredients to get more colors.

The onion skin eggs turned out amazing however, and this is how I did it:  

The process you use for the tea dyed eggs is the process you use for all other ingredients except the one using onion skins


Cut a square of fabric, they say to use cheesecloth but I didn't have any so I just used a piece of cotton fabric, big enough to wrap around your egg.

Lay the egg on the onion skins

Lay some onion skins on top of the egg too, and wrap it up nice and tight being careful not to break your egg

Twist it around and secure it with a rubber band.

Ready for the bath

Add vinegar to the water before boiling it, about 1 tbsp. per 2 cups of water

When the water is boiling just lay your eggs in and let them boil for 20 minutes

*For the tea dyed eggs, bring the tea to a boil and add eggs, boil for 10 minutes. Take the eggs out and put them into a tall shallow glass, cover the eggs with the tea and set them in the refrigerator. The instructions say to leave them in over night but I left them in the tea bath for about 5 hours. Take them out and rinse under cool water and dry.

For the onion skin eggs, just take them out of the water and set them out to cool for a bit, I stuck them in the refrigerator for awhile, once they are cool unwrap them, rinse under cool water and dry. 

Voila' beautiful "marble" eggs!

Look how beautiful they turned out!! And how nice to show them off in my new little white porcelain egg cups:)

I rubbed some olive oil on them to make them shine

This is the egg that I dyed using the green tea, I love this color!

Unfortunately the beet juice eggs were not photo worthy so I didn't bother

Next year I will make sure I leave the eggs out at room temp for a bit before I add them to the hot water, maybe I can avoid a few cracks. It's funny though, none of my eggs wrapped in the onion skins/fabric cracked.

How beautiful would it look if I had a few subtle gray and green eggs mixed in?

Next year:)

You can use a lot of different ingredients
Spinach for green, red cabbage for purple, turmeric for a yellow color, paprika, etc.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cute little Easter baskets made from vintage doilies!

I wasn't feeling the best today so I didn't get much done, I did however, get a cute little project started on Monday and finished them yesterday. I saw this idea on some decorating sight and thought I would give it a try. I have told you that I don't do a lot of Easter decorating, I think because sometimes you just run out of room to store the stuff and believe me, my storage room is full. I had everything I needed to make these too, so another reason to make these cute little doily bowls.

You'll need enough doilies for the amount of bowls you want to make
All-purpose white glue
and some bowls to set the balloons in to keep them steady while you work

I have my balloons blown up to the size I need, you can gauge by the size of the doilies how big your balloons need to be. Set them each in a bowl to steady them

In a large bowl I poured 1/2 cup of glue and 1/2 cup of water

Mix them up until the glue is "dissolved"

Add a doily and get it completely soaked with the glue/water mixture

The glue would settle in all of the holes in the doily so when I lifted the doily up I gently blew on it to get the glue out of the holes, do this gently though, you'll get glue dripplets everywhere!

Gently lay your doily over the balloon, arranging the balloon how you want it to dry. I smoothed this one over the balloon to get all of the kinks out.

Now you just let them dry, I was worried about the bottom not being flat and that they wouldn't be able to sit up. Don't worry about it, once they are dry enough to take the balloon away you can scrunch them down to give them a flat bottom to sit. You don't have to wait for them to dry completely, but I left the balloons intact for 24 hours

Aren't they cute! I added some ribbon to them just to add a little something. 

They are shallow, so the Easter Bunny can't put a whole lot into them, but I think these would be better used as little decor elements or party favors if you have guests for Easter dinner. The small ones would be adorable filled with a little grass and a few chocolates or jelly beans. Just set one on each person's plate and they will have a cute remembrance of their Easter visit!

I just added some real dried grass and some decorative eggs for the photos

So cute filled with a few Easter treats