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Natural Herb Stenciled Easter Eggs

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I have been making naturally dyed Easter Eggs for years, and it is always fun to see the colors that you can create from nature.  This year I saw some Onion Dyed Easter Eggs on Pinterest that had leaf patterns imprinted on them.  I was intrigued, and found that the pin linked to this Craftster message board, which had all the instructions.  I decided to make some of my own, using herbs along with a wider variety of natural dyes. Here are my natural herb stenciled Easter Eggs!

Natural Herb Stenciled Easter Eggs - Easter eggs made with natural dyes using herbs to create a pretty pattern. The eggs are dyed with turmeric, red cabbage and onion skins.

They came out even better than I expected, and weren’t too difficult to make either.  Pantyhose are used to hold the herbs tight against the eggs during the dying process.  Although the original project used blown eggs I hard boiled my eggs, because it seems simpler to me, and because my kids love hardboiled eggs for a snack.  Here is how I created the Easter Eggs.

Natural Herb Stenciled Easter Eggs - Easter eggs made with natural dyes using herbs to create a pretty pattern. The eggs are dyed with turmeric, red cabbage and onion skins.

Herb Stenciled Easter Eggs

Materials:

Directions:

  1. First, I hard boiled 8 of the eggs.
  2. I made two different natural dyes using turmeric and red cabbage.
  3. For the turmeric I added 1 T. of turmeric to 3 cups of water, and boiled it for half an hour.
  4. For the red cabbage I cut up about 2 cups of cabbage, added 3 cups of water and boiled it for half an hour.
  5. I drained the red cabbage water and cooled both dyes, and put them in mason jars, adding 1 T of vinegar to each jar.
  6. To make the pattern on the hard boiled eggs I laid herbs flat on them.  I found it was easier to make the herbs lay flat if both the eggs and herbs were damp. I used cilantro, dill and parsley, and the cilantro was the easiest to work with.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  7. Then I cut pieces from the leg of an old pair of stockings, and rubber banded them around the eggs.  The stockings hold the herbs in place.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  8. Finally, I put the stockings into the mason jars of dye, and refrigerated them.  I let the red cabbage eggs soak for 24 hours, and the turmeric ones for about 8 hours.  Longer soaking would have given even deeper colors.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  9. Once they were done I cut off the stockings to reveal the pattern.  The turmeric gives a pastel yellow color, while the red cabbage eggs are a pretty blue.Natural Herb Stenciled Easter Eggs - Easter eggs made with turmeric and red cabbage using herbs to create a pretty pattern.
  10. The onion skin eggs were even easier to make, since I knew from experience that I could hard boil the eggs right in the dye water and get rich deep color fast.
  11. For this I prepared four raw eggs with herbs held in place by stockings.
  12. Then I put a cup or so of onion skins in a saucepan with 3 cups of water, and added the 4 raw eggs right to the pot.  I added a tablespoon of vinegar, and boiled the eggs for 15 minutes, and then cooled them in a bowl of ice water, with the stocking still on.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  13. They came out a gorgeous deep orange color.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I love these eggs – they almost look too good to eat!

Natural Herb Stenciled Easter Eggs - Easter eggs made with onion skins using herbs to create a pretty pattern.

By on March 29th, 2017

30 thoughts on “Natural Herb Stenciled Easter Eggs”

  1. This is so neat and it’s great that it’s all natural. I’d love to feature this next week, but can’t find if you have a link party page or party links anywhere else. Thanks for sharing this at the Craftastic Monday Link Party at Sew Can Do!

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  2. I always thought it would be fun to let the kids pick something natural to dye the eggs with. Would they dye okay even if we didn’t let them sit for 8-24 hours? I know my kids wouldn’t be as patient as I am to wait for the beautiful natural colors.

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