All-Natural Easter Eggs
You don’t need to buy decorative eggs for your annual Easter display or use chemical dyes to make them yourself. In fact, you can make colourful eggs that can be used year after year with all natural ingredients. Try this 2 Step process.
1. Hollow Out Inside Of Eggs
Wash eggs and dry thoroughly. Put a small piece of masking tape over both pointed ends of the egg to prevent the eggshell from cracking when you poke holes in it. First, poke a small hole in the top of the egg with a pin or thumbtack. Then gently press the thumbtack or pin right through the egg’s top. Twist the tack/pin carefully once it’s through to slightly widen the hole.
Holding the egg over a large bowl, flip the egg over and poke a slightly larger hole in the centre of the bottom (where the yolk will come out) with a tack or small nail. Once the tack/pin/small nail is in, rotate it around very carefully to widen the hole a little larger than the one you made at the top (less than ¼ inch diameter). Then push a toothpick, piece of wire or straightened paperclip into the bottom hole. When it’s all the way inside the egg, very carefully move it in a circular motion to break up the egg yoke.
Press your mouth against the top of the egg, over the hole. Breathe in through your nose and breathe out forcefully through your mouth, blowing the air into the egg’s small top hole to push the yolk out of the bottom hole. Try shaking the egg to break up the yolk more if it doesn’t come out. Wash the emptied egg by holding the larger hole under the faucet. Let your eggs drip dry on a homemade drying rack* or set the eggs on a towel. (Make scrambled eggs with the eggs removed from the shells.)
* Create a drying rack by sticking needles/pins/toothpicks into a sheet of thick foam board and attaching eggs to each pin.
2. Make Natural Dyes & Dye Egg Shells:
You can make many colours with anything from beets (purple) to onion skins (rust) and ground turmeric (yellow), but here we’ll create a range of three different blues for a lovely, very contemporary Easter display.
A. Light Blue = 2 cups shredded red cabbage
Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add cabbage. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour (the longer you simmer, the deeper and darker the colour). Cover counter with a layer of newspaper to protect surface. Strain liquid into a deep bowl or tall jar, and cool three hours. Stir in 2 tablespoons white vinegar and carefully add 3 egg shells. Refrigerate (overnight or until the egg is the desired colour). Add eggs shells to your drying rack* to dry. Carefully rub with vegetable oil to give them a shinier finish (or paint with decoupage glue or non-toxic acrylic polymer varnish). Store finished dried eggs in an empty egg carton.
B. Mid Blue = 2 cups grape juice
C. Dark Blue = 2 cups blueberry juice
These two shades use undiluted juice without boiled water. Add liquid to a deep bowl or jar. Stir in 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and carefully add 3 egg shells for each colour. Refrigerate overnight or until the egg is the colour you want. Add to the drying rack (see above directions) or gently pat egg shells dry. Lightly rub with vegetable oil for a shinier finish (or paint with watered- down decoupage glue or non-toxic acrylic polymer varnish).
Special Effects: For one shade of blue, create patterns by gently placing small shaped stickers such as circles (for polka dots) or thin lines (for stripes) onto the eggs and removing after dyeing and drying. For another shade, create spattered eggs by using coconut oil as a resistant, preserving the white part of your egg. Melt a small amount of coconut oil in a microwave. Use a pin or toothpick to hold egg shell (in the larger hole). Dip a brush and tap it against your finger or flick the bristles in a direction towards the egg to splatter it. Let coconut oil-covered eggs dry on the drying rack in the fridge. Use a metal slotted spoon to transfer the egg in and out of the jar of colourant. Once the egg shell has dried, carefully rub it with vegetable oil to remove the hardened coconut oil, and paint with varnish.