Ingredients needed: Red Cabbage (for blue), Red Onion (for celadon - green/yellow), Red Beets (for red). You also need some vinegar!Chop up your veggies!You thought we were going to grate everything by hand? You sure could, but we love our food processor, which hasn't been used much since Ze Boy graduated to table food. It was very happy today.Peel the onion skin.Put your ingredients in your bowls. Had we used smaller bowls, we could have used less water, and gotten a more concentrated color. Here's a link to a great dye 'recipe' page for measurements. As always, I eyeballed it.
One of my dear friends forwarded me this article that has a page about making leaf-print eggs. We wanted to give it a try, so on our morning walk we gathered some interesting greens (and browns).Carefully place them where you want on the egg and stretch some pantyhose around to hold them in place. Secure with rubber bands or, I suppose, you could stitch them securely.The four 'imprint' eggs, pantyhosed and ready to go. We would have done more, but ran out of teeny tiny rubber bands to secure the pantyhose with!And now to work!Placing the hardboiled eggs carefully into the dye. We cracked a few, but that's ok....Most of our eggs sat for 6 hours (in the fridge). The red cabbage ones sat overnight. This is not your PAAS quick method! I love the mottling that happened when pieces of the cabbage/beet touched the egg. If you wanted a smooth appearance, you could strain those out of your dye.Alex's boxwood left the best impression! The shades of the beet dye were perhaps the most impressive.Subtle coloration and plant images. This would look much different if we had used white eggs, I suspect, but I really like the results! Perfect for our 'natural' pre-Easter home celebration.