Here's a way to decorate Easter eggs but there's no chocolate involved. Give the Easter
bunny a run for his money by dyeing Easter eggs the natural way.
- olive oil
- 1 long needle
- 3-4 mixing bowls
- food colouring
- candle and matches
- carton of eggs
How to make Natural Dyes:
* Red - cherry syrup, raspberry syrup, pomegranate
* Green - liquefied chlorophyll (from leaves and green vegetables), boiled spinach
* Brown - coffee, tea, walnut shells
* Yellow - green tea, ground turmeric, Chamomile tea, lemon peels
* Blue - blueberry juice, grape juice (dark grapes), blueberries
* Pink - diluted raspberry juice, diluted cranberry juice, beets
* Orange - carrot juice, paprika
* Gray - diluted grape juice (dark grapes)
* Purple - violets, hibiscus tea
* Black - blackberry
Some of the ingredients need to be crushed, mixed with water then boiled before the color appears. If you want to get a color not mentioned in this list, you can mix some of the dyes together. You can even play with the dyes for original colors or for distinct color combinations.
Wash your egg, after drying it, hold it in your hand and taking a long needle, gently pierce a small hole in the top of the egg, then follow suit by piercing a larger hole in the bottom – the top hole should be no larger than 2mm in diameter while the bottom whole can be slightly bigger.
Take your needle and poke it into the egg, swishing it around for about a minute – this is to break up the yolk.
Take the egg and place your mouth over one end of the egg and blow the contents into a bowl. You can also use an egg blower (available from craft stores).
Rinse the empty shell and allow to dry on a paper towel.
To decorate your eggs, prepare a range of colours in mixing bowls by adding warm water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and between 10 and 20 drops of food colouring (depending what colour you want).
Place the eggs in the dye and leave for a few minutes, remove and place on a paper towel to dry.
To add a dual colour effect use a candle to drip wax over the egg in a pattern, then drop the egg into another colour for a few minutes. Remove the egg, dry and peel off the wax.
Alternatively you can try for a pretty swirling effect by adding a tablespoon of olive oil to the second colour instead of vinegar. Gently holding the egg, place it in the mixture and roll around once to pick up the oil streaks, pat the excess liquid with paper towel and allow to dry.
Decorated eggs should be left overnight to dry.