Naturally Dyed Eggs: A Lesson in Slow Crafting

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Naturally Dyed Eggs: A Lesson in Slow Crafting


This collection of gorgeous jewel toned eggs were dyed with things you probably already have in your fridge or pantry like red cabbage, onion skins, grape juice, and tumeric. The lesson here is that good things come to those who prepare and have patience. Some of these eggs were left to soak overnight to achieve that rich vibrant color. So if you’re looking for a quick last minute dye technique, this is not the one for you.

If you are willing to take on the challenge, this is a great way to involve your children, and open up their minds to the possibilities of crafting with nature.

Creating naturally dyed eggs is not simple or instant like artificially dying eggs, it is a ritual that takes time and practice and skill. It is full of opportunity for experimentation and lessons, it is indeed home science!

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Experimentation with natural dyes is always exciting, you never quite know what the end result will be.

The red cabbage makes the most dramatic transformation. If the egg is left to sit for a long period of time it creates a rich, deep blue, which is really a lovely colour.

Kirsten Rickert has been exploring the art of natural food dyes, and documenting it on her blog for a few years now.

Check out her post from 2013 here, and a more recent one from 2014 here.

Happy Easter!

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Maker Extraordinaire from Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario. Lover of all things CNC and handmade. @agawaffle

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