On Good Friday the local Nature Center near my parents home held a natural egg dyeing event for children. I have always wondered about this method but have never given it a try. The kids have always used the store bought dyes. Since it was so close we thought we would go and see what it is all about.
The presenter did a quick over view on the history of the Easter Egg, meaning of the colors, and old folk lore regarding luck of the Easter egg. Some things I knew and others things were new to me.
The Easter Egg symbolizes spring and a time of rebirth, going back to medieval times. As with everything it has it's roots in paganism.
The colors mean:
White - purity
Yellow - youth and happiness
Orange - Strength
Blue - Good health
Red - passion
She mentioned a few other colors but I couldn't get them all down:( I am sure you can find this on the web somewhere if you are really interested.
An old Folk lore regarding Easter eggs - if you crack an egg on Easter and it has 2 yolks you will have good luck for the rest of the year:) She also told a story of the Virgin Mary tears coloring eggs. It was a story I had not heard before but I found it here.
Next, we got busy dyeing our eggs. We used Beet juice, coffee, tea, turmeric, black berries, pomegranate juice, jello, blue berries, boiled onion skins
Some of the methods were done using hot liquid
Other methods were using cold liquids. The amount of time you left the egg in the liquid depended greatly:0
The eggs the presenter brought in as samples, aren't the colors pretty:)
Little Man and I tried to imprint a leaf pattern on one of our eggs
Step 1: find a leaf that fits the egg
Step 2: wrap the egg and leaf in cheese cloth and firmly tie it off...we used rubber bands to hold the cheese cloth in place
Step 3: add egg to liquid and let sit a few minutes. We added this egg to the yellow onion skins:)
Step 4: unwrap the egg and admire your egg:)
Another interesting method was rubbing black berries directly onto the egg shell. while messy it had good results and a light purple color
Princess was there but spent most of her time with my mother so I didn't get as many pictures. But here is her egg completed.
Little Man's final results. We had a total of 18 eggs colored using this method of natural dyeing.
We had a lot of fun trying this method and I think we will be experimenting with this again next year. It was so much fun seeing what worked. I found quite a few natural egg dyeing recipes on the web that we can try next time.
I hope you had a very lovely Easter with your families:)