Monday, April 9, 2012

Natural Egg dyeing

I wanted to share with you the results of our Easter egg dyeing. We used red cabbage and red beets.

Went out into the yard and picked "feathery" ferns and leaves. The boys dipped them into water and placed them on raw eggs.

Covered them with cheesecloth and secured it in back with a wire twistie.

Placed them in a pot with the chopped up cabbage and about 1/4 cup of white vinegar.

Another pot with the chopped up beets and about 1/4 cup of vinegar. Simmered a couple of hours and then we left them in the pot overnight. The last time we looked at them before bed there was no color.

The next day when we removed them they were beautiful After they dried we rubbed them with cooking oil. The blue was from the cabbage and pinky brown from the beets.

They reminded me a this batik fabric I used to make my daughter a make up bag.

My husband made me this wonderful cake stand for Easter. The post is made from a white birch log with birch strips covering the edge of the plates. Perfect for our "bird nest" cupcakes.
This idea is from Martha Stewart.


Anonymous said...

LOVE,LOVE the eggs!!!! Now we need to find something to do that on so it can be kept, not having to do it every year. The cupcake stand was so cute as well. Deb C

Kathy -MIQuilter said...

If the eggs are cooked a long time and arn't cracked or broken they will last for years. I had some for 10 years, every Easter I would get them out and wipe them off with cooking oil and they would be good as new. These eggs on the other hand will not last long as they were dropped while wrapping the plants and cheese cloth around them. They only have one good side!

Deb H said...

The eggs are beautiful! The beet ones remind me of the onionskin ones you did that got us started on all the natural dying! Look how far you have taken it all! I wish I were there to continue being inspired by you!

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