Well Easter is coming and the bunny is getting fat… or something like that. So my mind has naturally turned to what crafty things I can make for the weekend where all diets are officially off. I decided that decorating eggs was the way to go – I love what Alisa Burke did to these eggs but I’ve already done doodling so I thought I’d give dyeing a go.
I decided to use what I had to hand around the house to make the dyes – it was fun making the concoctions and conducting a chemistry experiment in my kitchen.
I used these instructions and I tried spinach, coffee, red cabbage and brown onion skins with varying results.
Spinach – the resulting liquid was barely yellow. I didn’t even bother using it. I think I needed to use a lot more spinach and boil it for longer.
Coffee – no boiling required. The resultant eggs were a nice soft brown.
Red cabbage – the colour took a long time to develop on the eggs but when it did it was a pretty blue.
Onion skins – my favourite result: a lovely orange.
I tried a couple of effects. On some I used wax crayon to draw designs to resist the wax. And I had a great result with masking tape on one of them too.
Have you experimented with dyeing eggs naturally? How did you get on?