Saturday, March 30, 2013

Coloring Easter eggs (with vegetables)

The kids wanted to color eggs for Easter, since we are trying to stay away from artificial colorings Miss E thought it would be fun to make up our own dyes.  She and Mr. R chopped up beets, red cabbage, carrots and spinach, boiled and strained them.  Before jumping into decorating eggs with these dyes, we thought we'd try out another method as well.  We wrapped some of our eggs in onion skins.

Along with the onion skins we used spinach leaves, rice and herbs.

After wrapping the eggs in the onion skins we wrapped them in muslin and secured it with yarn and put them in a pot of water to boil.  This cooked and colored the eggs at the same time.


Then we set to work on the other eggs.  Most of the colors did not work as well as we would have liked, but we liked the results with the beet coloring.

We were all very curious about our onion eggs.  Once they had cooled enough we were able to unwrap them to see our surprises.
We liked seeing how the muslin and yarn had been colored.  These smelled great too!


We loved how these turned out.

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