Easter is almost here! Our family has a lot of traditions that seem pretty standard; dyeing eggs, Easter morning egg hunt, huge family dinner, and of course plenty of holiday decorating. Each year we like to try something new and see if we enjoy it enough to do it next year, and the year after; adding a new tradition to our celebration. This year we decided to try some natural egg dyeing techniques, and we loved the results!
In addition to our Easter morning egg hunt, I love to get together with friends to do something special for the kids. Krystle from Krystle Images, her sister and all their kids joined us for a magical fairy egg hunt and a sweet little picnic. Krystle captured all the fun and adorableness in some beautiful photos, and I’m excited to share those with you as well!
I’m also thrilled to be part of the third edition of the Party Blogger’s Bunny Hop this week! Make sure to scroll down and check out the other amazing women that I’ve had the pleasure to get to know through this group, they are all very talented and have some lovely Easter traditions of their own to share with you.
Natural Egg Dye Recipes
There are quite a few different recipes for natural egg dyes floating around the Internet. We tried six different recipes, adjusted them a little, and here are our results. A few of them didn’t work at all, one in particular was quite disappointing, it used spinach and red onion skins which was apparently going to result in a jade green colored egg. All it did was create a film on the egg that wiped off. We also tried a blackberry based dye that didn’t work either.
My favorite is the blue dye made using the red cabbage. We left the top one in for about ten minutes, and the one beneath it for only five. Not a huge difference, and the color is so vibrant. Isn’t nature cool?
So here are the recipes that worked. Note that the longer you leave the eggs soaking in the dye the stronger the color gets.
- Blue Dye – boil three cups of water with two cups of shredded red cabbage. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least 15 minutes. Add two teaspoons of vinegar then strain through a fine wire mesh sieve into a bowl
- Red Dye – boil two cups of water with one cup of shredded beets. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes. Add one teaspoon of vinegar then strain through a fine wire mesh sieve into a bowl
- Yellow Dye – boil two cups of water and add 1-2 tablespoons of turmeric. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes. Add one teaspoon of vinegar
- Rust Dye – boil two cups of water and add 2 tablespoons of simmer powder. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes. Add one teaspoon of vinegar
Make sure your kids (and you!) are wearing play clothes that you don’t mind getting stained. I didn’t take my own advice and ended up with beet dye splattered on one of my favorite shirts. Urg. I also put down wrapping paper over our wooden kitchen island to reduce the chance of stained counter tops. You can also use a plastic tablecloth or newspaper for this.
My kids loved the science experiment aspect of natural egg dyeing. They were sure the red cabbage eggs would turn out purple, but they dry blue. These take a bit more patience to get a good color on them, so this might be a better activity for older kids. Mind you my kids generally don’t have any patience for most things and they were pretty into this.
They got some cool designs by mixing colors and wrapping the eggs with rubber bands. I think they turned out just lovely. I love the rustic look, they’re not perfect and they’re not meant to be.
If you want to take your natural eggs to the next level, check out this website for some awesome decorating ideas using not only the natural dyes but flowers and leaves as well.
Little Fairies and Elves
We live on the wet west coast of Canada, and the weather doesn’t always cooperate in early spring (or anytime really) for planned outdoor activities. It rained all day before our planned hunt, and then miraculously the sun came out! It was a bit chilly but the kids were so pumped for a pre-Easter egg hunt they couldn’t have cared less.
We had the girls wear their fairy wings and tulle skirts, and the boys? Well, let’s just say I like to pick my battles wisely. If you plan to do a fun little egg hunt letting the kids dress up just adds to the magic. I mean what is cuter than little fairies running around??
The littlest one had a hard time keeping up:
But there were plenty of big fairies there to help her out:
After their Easter egg hunt we setup a lovely little picnic for them. Cupcakes and Peeps after hunting for chocolate eggs? Why not! We setup a simple little tent made with pastel blue, mint and pink streamers. I love streamers (obviously), they’re super cheap and can add a nice little pop of color and fun with little effort.
The ground was pretty wet so I used my JJ Cole waterproof blanket to keep the kids nice and dry. I added some gorgeous ranunculus flowers which are one of my absolute favorites, they come in so many bright colors! And I found these awesome honeycomb egg decorations at my local dollar store. It’s not a party until you’ve thrown in some honeycomb decorations!
I used these adorable rainbow plates and napkins from my online shop, they are so cute and whimsical, the kids loved them.
A perfectly enchanting little picnic. I could share so many more photos from this Easer egg hunt, they were all just so adorable and Krystle captures such sweet moments.
I hope you have a wonderful Easter and enjoy all your favorite traditions, maybe adding a few new ones this year.
Now it’s time to hop onto the next blog in the Easter Traditions Bunny Blog Hope. These ladies have some great posts for you to check out and get inspired for your Easter celebrations!
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