Spring is starting to appear around Tennessee. Forsythia and daffodils are blooming, trees are budding, and there’s warm sunshine peaking through the clouds most of the time. Oh, and allergy season has hit most. Yes, spring is here. So off to make my Easter eggs dyed with coffee, tea, and turmeric.
I normally don’t decorate a lot for “Easter” as much as spring. I remember the days when Doug was young the house looked like Easter threw up. And I even had eggs hanging from the trees in the front yard. Yes, Don was not happy about that project, but being the good husband he is, he went along with it.
Although the colors usually associated with spring are pretty and pastelish, I’m going for a more neutral color tone this year. Grays and whites are so dominant in decorating, I thought I would go with natural colors.
So now how to dye eggs to fill a basket and nests. Coffee and tea should do the trick. I always have food color on hand so if I decided to add any “colors”. And, I’ve been seeing a lot of natural food coloring which I did try.
I’ll go ahead and let you know about the fails.
After boiling a couple dozen eggs as usual, I let them cool and dry. These aren’t going to be eaten so I didn’t worry about refrigeration right away. But if any cracked during these processes they were tossed.
I saw people using spinach and zucchini for pretty green. NOT for me. I cooked each of them separately, let them cool, added vinegar, ……….. and so on but barely any color to my eggs.
Turmeric did work great though. I loved the golden yellow it produced.TURMERIC DYE (and yes I just realized my spice bottle is wrong)
2 C boiling water
3 T ground Turmeric
3 t vinegar
Stir well and let this set til almost cool.
Add eggs and let set overnight. There is some spice which settles to the bottom but you can stir it off and on if you want to. This might have caused a few of the speckles, but it was fine with me.
COFFEE & TEA DYE
Darkest – 24 hours in coffee ground mixture (1 1/2 C grounds, enough hot water to make 3 cups)
Middle – 24 hours in regular strength tea (Lipton tea bags)
Lightest – 24 hours in regular strength coffee
All had 2 teaspoon vinegar added.
There is a bit of a difference in the browns of the tea and coffee. Tea gave a more beige color.
These weren’t being done with any color expectations, so I was happy with the results.
These were done with just a cup of hot water, a few drops of food color and vinegar.
I don’t have my exact ratio of food coloring since it was just an experiment. I would say though maybe 4 drops of blue and 1 drop of green. They only stayed in the dye about 5 – 10 minutes.
I wanted to have a variety so decided to speckle some and this is where my blue eggs were used.
All you need is:
Brown craft paint
Old tooth brush
Do this outside or an an area well covered because paint can spray.
Pour a small amount of paint onto a paper plate and dip the tooth brush in. To keep the eggs from rolling around, I made a “‘stop” with toothpicks.
Flick the end of the tooth brush with you finger aimed toward the egg. Add as much speckle as desired.
Let dry completely. Do reverse side if desired.
Hint for dipping eggs into dye – especially useful with kids. Place your egg inside a whisk to dip into dye.
Just be careful when they remove the whisk from the dye to not shake it to briskly as they will splatter the dye, or break the egg.
MARBLED LOOK EGG
After dyeing the eggs I thought – what else could I do with this coffee. I used a couple of regular coffee filters and dipped them in the coffee until saturated, then wrapped it tightly around the egg, pressing out extra coffee and air.
The filter needs to lay as flat to the egg as possible.
Top was twisted and secured with a clothes pin. Thought it helped to created another look for the eggs.
This could work with any color dye, or even I thought about placing a wet filter around the egg, then dropping food coloring on it for maybe a tie-dye look. Let me know if you try it.
Now show me some of you favorite Easter and Spring Projects.
I’m loving my Easter Eggs Dyed With Coffee, Tea, and Turmeric and may keep them out a little past Easter.
What about EASTER wood blocks?