By now I think it’s well known I love a good DIY, and Easter is no different. I wanted to try doing naturally dyed eggs at home, plus a few other simple ideas for decorating eggs: chalk paint and glitter- covered eggs. I thought a variety would be fun plus Ari loved the chance to help decorate them. The chalk paint and glitter eggs are quick and simple to make, but I’ve provided info on how we did the natural dye eggs since there was a little more involved with them.
I’ve been eyeing up the naturally dyed Easter eggs that I’ve seen others share about and finally thought I’d try making them this year with Ari at home. I’ll admit that it takes a little while to make the natural dyes and you’ll want to put down some paper to avoid spills/ stains, but it’s fun to try and Ari had a blast. For some other fun Easter ideas scroll to the end of this post to see the Easter party I teamed up on with Creative Wife & Joyful Worker (where you’ll find her DIY for making those gold foil eggs) and Discovering Parenthood.
NATURAL DYE EGGS
Making the dye for all 4 colours of eggs starts with the same mixture of ingredients + whatever additive is needed to create the colour.
For the dye base:
4 cups water
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp salt
For pink eggs- 4 cups roughly chopped beets
For yellow eggs- 4 tbsp ground tumeric
For green eggs- 6 cups spinach, chopped + 1 tbsp ground tumeric
For blue eggs- 4 cups red cabbage, chopped
- Combine water, vinegar, and salt in a large pot, followed by the dye ingredient for the colour you want to make.
- Bring to a boil, then simmer for half an hour uncovered.
- Strain the dye liquid from the solid ingredient (for the tumeric used for the yellow and green dye you can use cheesecloth to help strain). Transfer to a large canning jar or other container to cool. Repeat until you have all of the dyes for the colours you want to make (I added some of the tumeric dye for yellow eggs to the green dye mixture because I didn’t think the green dye from the spinach would turn out. I’m glad I added it because the eggs turned out really green).
- Once the liquid has cooled, submerge your eggs and leave over night in the fridge.
Tip: I’d suggest using hard boiled eggs, since they sink and will absorb the dye equally over the whole shell surface. We tried using artificial white eggs plus hard boiled brown and white eggs to see how they would turn out. The artificial eggs didn’t absorb the dye as well and came out more pastel (which is still pretty, just might not be the result you want), plus I found it was easy to wipe the dye off of them after we took them out of the jars, so the coverage wasn’t as nice/ even. I like the artificial eggs more for the other two styles of eggs I made- chalk paint and glitter- covered.
CHALK PAINT EGGS
Eggs (we used the artificial eggs left over from the natural dye batch and I liked how they worked for this)
Chalk paint in various colours
- Using a sponge brush, paint one half of each egg (either top or bottom) and allow to dry in an egg carton. Flip and repeat.
- Apply a second coat if needed (I found the second coat gave nice coverage)
Eggs (we added glitter to some of the chalk paint eggs, but I love the idea of doing this with plain white eggs as well)
Liquid glue or mod podge
- Using a sponge brush, coat one half of the egg in glue and sprinkle glitter over top and allow to dry in an egg carton. Flip and repeat.
- Tap loose glitter to remove. If you want to avoid glitter getting everywhere, add a second coat of glue or mod podge over top to seal the glitter.
Like I said, I love the chance to make a mess and get a little crafty. I guess it’s about that time to start adding some Spring and Easter decor around the house and these eggs are perfect for that (but I’d maybe just stick with the artificial eggs if they’re going to be used for more than a day or two 😉 ). They’re pretty displayed in glass jars and vases or scattered on your table for Easter dinner. See the photos below for some ideas of how to style an Easter table/ party and the links to the other Easter projects included in the Easter collab with Creative Wife and Joyful Worker and Discovering Parenthood.
For other fun Easter ideas see these posts from our Easter collab:
Geo Floral Easter Party Decor– Creative Wife and Joyful Worker
A Little Floral Easter Party– Discovering Parenthood
DIY Kid’s Carrot Love Ducks Snack– Discovering Parenthood
DIY Gold Foil Easter Eggs– Creative Wife and Joyful Worker
DIY Floral Kid’s Bunny Ears– Discovering Parenthood (blog post link coming soon).
DIY Watercolour Easter Egg Banner- Creative Wife and Joyful Worker (blog post link coming soon)
DIY photos: OHP
Location- Ritual Icecream in Fort Langley
Raspberry Cheesecake Icecream + dishes- Ritual Icecream
Kid’s Clothes- Watermelon Tree Kids in Fort Langley
Outfit Styling- Creative Wife and Joyful Worker
Floral Table Runner- Sequel Events
Bunny Rabbit Floral Cake- The Cake Mama
Geometric and Floral Name Cookies: The Cake Mama
Geometric Party Plates, Blush Tablecloth, Wooden Forks: Joonie and Joe
Easter Egg Macarons: Sugar Patisserie