I was so excited to color Easter Eggs this year, because Frida kind of got what was going on (though her coordination when it comes to using dye needs some work), plus we’ve been spending weekends with her older brother Joel, and I figured it was something fun we could all do together.
I stocked up on dye last year, but only had a basic kit, nothing fancy. So I hit the internets for some DIY ideas and found this tutorial on using flowers and plants to make designs on the eggs. We headed outside and collected flowers, clover, rosemary and random weeds from our backyard.
The next step was the most laborious: cutting a nylon into pieces and fastening it around the foliage and egg. I used those teeny, clear hair fasteners you can buy at the drug store. At this point the kids lost interest. Too complicated! But I persevered and dunked each one in dye.
They looked kind of pretty—before I removed the hosiery.
When I removed it, I learned a lesson that you probably already knew: egg-dying doesn’t really work with brown eggs. Alas! So, I went to the store, bought some white eggs and boiled them up.
This time we used crayons to color on the eggs (if you do it when they’re still pretty warm, the crayon melts onto them) and then dunked them. I used the nylon method for a few, just to see if it would work better with white eggs.
Things got a little messy but who would be surprised by that??
The results may not be the stunning designs of my dreams, but I wouldn’t call them unappealing. I wonder if the dye lost some of its effectiveness over the past year, because it lacked saturation even on the white eggs. Also, only the relatively thick and sturdy plants made noticeable patterns on the eggs. The others were too thin and flimsy to block the dye.
- Use white eggs
- Use fresh dye
- Use sturdy plants/flowers
- Egg-coloring is fun even if the results are not Martha Stewart worthy
Let’s eat some chocolate! HAPPY EASTER!