This year Kyle and I are hosting our first holiday family dinner with Easter. I haven't dyed Easter Eggs in years, and decided that this was the year! I love the look of sunprints (cyanotypes), and they are so much fun to make. I was inspired by the use of botanicals as stencils here, and found a great recipe for making natural blue dye from scratch here. The ingredients couldn't be simpler and recipe easier to make.
I scouted our backyard and refrigerator for herbs and botanicals that had a variety of shapes and textures. Then I rubbed a little vinegar on the eggs, carefully placed the botanicals on the egg, and tied them inside nylons so the leaves and petals were tight against the eggs.
I boiled the eggs for ten minutes in the dye, then placed them in the refrigerator (still soaking in the dye pan) at about 5:30pm. When I jumped out of bed the next morning at 6:00am these beautiful eggs appeared!
Almost too pretty to eat.....almost! Nom! Nom! Nom!
I had a great question that I deleted by mistake, I will recap...ReplyDelete
Years To Your Health:
SO how do you soak/boil them in the dye? Do you just boil them with the cabbage leaves? Need more instructions on that part please.
A Wayward Wind:
I made the dye first, I boiled the cabbage in a large stock pot. It took about an hour of boiling the cabbage before I got a dense and rich hue. I poured just the dye (no cabbage) it into a smaller pot better for boiling a dozen eggs. I boiled the nylon covered eggs for ten minutes, and then popped them in the fridge. Hope that helps!
♥, Jenny Rose
(sorry about that Years To Your Health)
So pretty! I must try this. (Petals and pedals, not the same thing!)ReplyDelete
can this be used on wood or anything else?ReplyDelete