Easter Eggs from the Garden

We have put together this great list of natural egg decorating ideas from our favorite crafting sites! Read how to create natural dyes and how to use plants on and in your eggs for egg-stra elegant and spring inspired egg decor.

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Recipes

Bring 2 cups water to a rolling boil.

Add coloring agent.

Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or longer for the deepest color.

Strain liquid into a large mason jar, and allow to cool to room temperature, 2-3 hours.

Stir in 2 tablespoons white vinegar and add 3 hard-boiled eggs.

Seal the jar, and refrigerate overnight or until the egg is the desired color.

Rub dried eggs with a dab of vegetable oil to give them a shinier finish (optional).

Botanical Leaf Imprint Easter Eggs

Before decorating your Easter eggs this year, head out to the garden and hunt for leaves to imprint on them. The spring garden may just be emerging, but there are surely plenty of unusual shapes of leaves that you can use to adorn your Easter eggs. With just a few supplies, such as nylons and a bit of food coloring, leaf imprint Easter eggs are a fun way to celebrate the season. This project can be done with natural vegetable dyes such as red cabbage and beets as well.

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Prep:

To make leaf imprint Easter eggs, start by blowing the yolk and whites out of the eggs. Use a nail to gently tap a hole in the round end of the egg. Move the nail around in the hole a bit to make it larger. Tap a second hole in the pointy end of the egg; this one can be a bit smaller. Use the nail to stir up the inside of the egg and break the yolk. Blow on the pointy end of the egg so that the egg’s insides come out into one of the bowls. Rinse the inside of the eggshell with water and pat the shell dry.

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Dye:

1.Place the eggs into sections of a nylon stocking that are tied on one end with baker’s twine. Press a leaf, top side facing the eggshell, inside the nylon and pull the other end tightly to hold it in place. Tie the other end of the nylon firmly with baker’s twine.

2.Prep dye in the other three glass bowls by mixing a half cup water, two tablespoons vinegar, and some drops of liquid food coloring. Start with 10 drops and add more for a darker color.

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3.Dip the egg into the dye and use a spoon to baste it. Basting it with the dye will allow the color to be more even around the egg. The dye should be transferred in just five minutes or so, but you can remove the eggs and test the color when you think they are ready. Add them back into the dye if you want a deeper color.

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How to Make 9 All-Natural Easter Egg Dyes

If you're turned off by the chemicals in store-bought Easter egg dye, try these nine all-natural options. Each features a coloring agent — a vegetable, fruit juice, or spice — that gives color to hard-boiled eggs.

“Egg-speriment” with Easter egg planters!

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Easter egg planters are a great way to add a pop of color to your Easter dining table. Get a dozen eggs and crack them at the top. Drain the contents, clean them with water, and put them back in the egg carton. (You can dip them in dye if you’d like to color them. Fill the bottom of each egg with dirt and then fill them with your favorite flowers, succulents or grass. You can place them on your table or anywhere you like. You can keep them in the carton and fill in around them with colored grass. Or, you can place them in a dish or pot of your choosing.