Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter - Decorating Eggs Naturally

The Christ has risen! Христос Васкрсе! Χριστός Ανέστη!

There you go, in all the languages you can find in our household :o)

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter! Its one of my favorite holidays.  Not too much commercialization, lots of family time, Easter egg hunt and the most perfect weather.  For my husband, the church is a big part of the celebration as well.  The entire holy week creates a build up right up until the resurection, especially the way the liturgies are done where he grew up.  He often says it doesn't feel like Easter if we don't go to church, for me its not quite like that but I'd like Emma to have a bit of both our traditions. So I'm planning from next year to make it more of a regular thing for us at Easter time.

naturally coloured eggs

These are some of our eggs this year.  Its always a pleasant surprise how they come out.  There is quite a bit of work going into this but its such a pleasure when you unwrap your eggs to be surprised by wonderful shapes and colors :)


I'd like to share the way we color the eggs in our household. This particular batch has been done using onion peel.  Who would have thought that such strong colour comes out of just a few dry onion skins?!


The whole process is a lot of fun, and the kids can so easily be involved in this.  You need to secure lots of onion peel.  The day you plan to do your eggs, go out to the park or a field with your kids and collect clovers, flowers, leaves with delicate detail. The more detail it has the better it will be because that is what will show. You can use parsley, dill, rocket, even rosemary!  Anything really.

You'll also need some ripped stockings (preferably not too thick) and thread.

Position the leaf on a raw egg as you like.  Wrap it in a cut out piece of stocking and tighten with thread.  Make sure it doesn't move as you are wrapping.  

naturally coloured eggs

Once that's done, put the onion peel in a pot of water at room temperature and some salt.  By then the eggs should also be room temperature. Place them also in the pot and boil as you would usually to get hard boiled eggs. On low heat.

naturally coloured eggs

naturally coloured eggs

Once the eggs are boiled, place the whole pot under running water and let the water run until the eggs cool down.  Take each out and carefully remove the stockings using scissors and clean completely.  Polish with olive oil and that's it.  Your perfectly natural, decorated, hard boiled Easter eggs. :)

naturally coloured eggs

This is what we do pretty much every year.  But recently I saw that a friend of mine has a really interesting way of doing something similar.  Still doing it naturally but with totally different results.  I'd like to learn more about that.  Maybe something to work on next year. :)

Happy Easter!  

  
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15 comments:

  1. Great looking eggs, would you believe I've never dyed eggs before? I'll have to do it next year!

    We never really did anything for Easter growing up, except eat chocolate, I'm glad Leo will grow up with Easter having meaning here.

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  2. Vaistinu Vaskrse!
    Jaja su divna. Svako dobro zelim tebi i tvojoj porodici. Pozdrav

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  3. Those eggs are beautiful. I am your newest follower from the TUesday hop. I hope to see you soon at crunchyfrugalista.com

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  4. I never heard of doing eggs this way until this year. I am definitely trying it next year (even though I no longer have small kids). Thanks for the info! New GFC follower from Welcome Wednesday:)

    Laura
    www.agoddessoffrugality.com

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  5. I love the eggs So I saw that one of the languages in your home is Russian. That is so cool. I lived in Russia for 18 months and my husband was in Ukraine for 2 years. We love the Russian language. Anways I found you on the blog hop and am glad I did. I shared your egg decorating with everyone. I love it.

    Lacie
    www.IdahoAtHeart.blogspot.com

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  6. I found you through the "Wobble over Wednesday" blog hop and am now following! If you get a chance I'd love to have you stop by my blog! The eggs you did are so great, we just went with the standard Easter coloring kit!

    ~KerrieLynn ¸¸.•*"Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ"*•.¸¸
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  7. Super awesome Easter eggs. They must be a huge hit!!

    I'm following you from the I love Blogging bloghop. Hope you're having a fantastic day.

    Nancy

    Hope you'll follow back at http://thatsoundslikecrazy.blogspot.com

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  8. I love how those eggs turned out! So different and fun! Thanks for participating in Follow Me Wednesday!

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  9. I love your blog. I am a new follower from I heart blogging.
    Krysti at http://blissfulmeandering.blogspot.com

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  10. Those are awesome!

    Thanks so much for dropping by the Be-Bop-A Blog Hop! I'm a follower and I hope you'll stop by again soon! Have a great day! :)
    http://www.mommylivingthelifeofriley.com

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  11. These are super cool!!! I'm already a follower but I'm stopping by from the hop and I also wanted to invite you to our new hop! It’s Super Stalker Sunday and it’s posted already because this is week one and we are trying to get the word out! Please stop by and linkup when you get a moment! Happy Wednesday!

    April
    http://greenmissionmama.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous! I definitely haven't seen anyone else decorate eggs like this...I love the natural wood look to them. I'm following your blog now! :)

    [stopping by from Home Sweet Farm]

    Melissa from Craftyfusion

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  13. WOW! very creative!

    checking you out from the blog hop!

    stopping by from
    http://morethanabcand123.blogspot.com/
    come say Hello!

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  14. Hi - Found you through the Follow Friday 40 & Over. New follower!
    gigglelaughcry.blogspot.com

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  15. Beautiful!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Kerri

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