How to Decorate with Dyed Easter Eggs

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It might feel a bit early to be talking about Easter, but since the March/April issue of Yankee just landed in my mailbox, I thought I would take a minute to share a bit about my contribution.  I decided to play around with naturally dyed Easter eggs, which turned into an interesting experiment in kitchen science!

For the complete instructions, pick up the latest issue of Yankee– you’ll find that simply by using beets, turmeric, coffee, and cabbage, you can achieve gorgeously hued, all natural eggs.

But what to do with these gorgeous eggs once their dyed and dried?  Here are a few ideas for how to decorate with dyed Easter eggs that I came across:

I love this pink-hued tree courtesy of The Purl Bee– wouldn’t it look lovely with the vibrant colors of naturally dyed eggs?  Since our trees here in New England are still barren (or just starting to bud), now is the perfect time to collect some pretty, bare branches.

Or this gorgeous table setting from Epicurious.

Imagine a full bouquet of yellow tulips, and a single turmeric-dyed egg at each place setting.  Simply stunning!

If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you might try hollowing out your dyed eggs, ala Martha Stewart.

This project is not for the faint of heart!

And finally- perhaps my favorite- this stunning nest, courtesy of Martha Stewart, with pretty, blue eggs tucked safely inside. Cabbage-dyed eggs will give you an equally stunning blue.  Now to try my hand at weaving one of these beauties. Stay tuned- perhaps my attempt at nest-making will be next week’s craft!

  • Bupesh

    Although none of us can know exactly how you feel, beausce grief is so individual and personal, “loss triggers memory of loss.” The older we get, many of us lose more people than we gain in our lives…and it hurts. We remember the pain, so we can feel some of yours. It all comes rushing back. The holidays are pretty raw the first time you’re without someone who’s always been a part of them. I definitely recall being absolutely unable to decorate the Christmas tree or listen to a carol…me, the quintessential lover of anything yule-related. There was a time when carols would play at lunch in the office (not so much these days, of course)…and I’d have to make a quick exit. A co-worker looked at me with such a wide-eyed wonder and compassion, saying “darling, don’t you know, it’s the angels singing” and, whew, did that open up the floodgates.But it’s good and I’m sure comforting amid the heartache, that you have wonderful memories of your mother, untainted by anything unpleasant. Take that and run with it, remembering every Happy Easter you shared with her. It’s frustrating…beausce you want her instead of memories of her…but hold onto anything that helps. The structure of work and routine is sometimes a godsend in the rough cycle of grief.Thank you for thinking of your blogger friends through your tears. Your blog is such a weekly treat. Sending you and your dad “healing wishes and (chocolate) bunny kisses” as April yields to May and time keeps us marching on.

  • Tlotlo

    We had a very nice Easter celebration, some of ours was cbtaereled a little early with family, and a birthday party thrown for my mother-in-law as well on Saturday. We were able to attend their wonderful church service with them after the party. Some sweet family memories were made :) Glad you had a happy Easter!

  • We tried coloring eggs using natural dyes created from common foods. We did not have
    success. We followed the directions to the letter but ended up with eggs with virtually no pigment on them. The dyes never even stained the dishtowels! What happened????

  • Barbara

    Your ideas for naturally coloring Easter eggs was very interesting and I enjoyed reading the article. Every year we do eggs, colored when the kids and grands were little, and always my bronze eggs. The bronze eggs achieve their deep, rich bronze color from cooking and coloring at the same time…. Start with Brown eggs, water to cover, all your saved onion skins ( brown and purple) a 1/4 cup of cider vinegar, and bring to a boil for about 20 minutes. Leave eggs and skins in boiled water, poking down skins now and then for about another 30 min, covered. Drain, carefully rinse off eggs and place on paper towel to dry. When eggs are cool, polish with a soft cloth and a dab of olive oil, for a little sheen. Easter isn’t Easter without these eggs! Barb


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