Natural Dyes, Egg Dyeing, and a beautiful Easter Story

Today, I made natural dyes using the recipe I found in Green Child Magazine.  It was definitely a learning experience.  I used…

  1. Beets for red
  2. Blueberries and grape juice for purple
  3. Spinach for green

The Beets were wonderful!  You boil them for 5 minutes, and you get a deep dark red color.  The purple was nice too.  The Green was a pain.  Next time – I will definitely have liquid chlorophyll on hand.  I always worry about waste, which is why I didn’t use it this time – but I think it’s a necessary component.  Plus, with what’s left after making the dye, I can use it as a health supplement.

All in all, my first attempt at making natural dyes was a very good experience.  I was worried that the eggs wouldn’t dye nicely – but they really did.  The dye job wasn’t dark, but it was really rustic – earthy looking.

I loved it!

I think it looked better than the regular store bought dye.

 Easter Egg Dyeing with natural dyes

The dark pink one in the back is actually a regular store bought dye.  I really love the texture and color of the natural dyes though.  I am very pleased how they turned out!

My kids decorated the eggs with stickers!  Their idea!

After dyeing the eggs, we read an Easter story.

Petook - An Easter Story

This is a beautifully written Easter Story.  It’s the story of Petook, a rooster who lives in Jerusalem.  It’s a story of how he and his wife, Martha, met Jesus as a boy.  He felt the spirit while he was around him, but didn’t know he was the savior.  After many many years, he saw (in the distance on top of a mountain) the 3 crosses with people hanging on them.  He didn’t know it was the same boy he met years earlier, but he knew what he felt in his heart.

Some of the last words that Jesus spoke, was the telling of how the hen (Martha) gathered her chicks under her wings to keep them safe – a sight he saw years earlier.  He said, he tried to do that with us, but it was an impossible task.

Beautifully written by Caryll Houselander – it’s an excellent story of the resurrection of Christ – told from a Roosters point of view!

Lisa
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  1. Your eggs are beautiful … and I agree, they are prettier than using the commercial dyes. There’s a softness to the colors … they really remind me of spring. I also love the idea of using something which is non-toxic and which you can eat afterwards. Nice! Thank you for sharing your Easter with us! 🙂
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    • Thanks so much for stopping by. I always love seeing you!

      It was nice. The kids weren’t impressed with the color, but I thought it was beautiful. Now, I’m wishing I would have done more eggs. I was kind of tired. One thing, you had to leave them in the dye a long time.

      Non-toxic is definitely the way to go. No worries! What’s better than that?
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  2. Love those pastel colours! (I have a great distrust for in-your-face colours in general).
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    • Thanks so much! They were nice. Plus, you don’t have to worry about ingesting toxins.

      When I cracked open one of those eggs, I noticed that there was dye underneath the shell. It was nice not to have to fret about it.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  3. I think the natural dyes look beautiful!
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    • Hey Mama!

      Thanks! They were beautiful in a rustic type of way. At first I was pretty disappointed, but then after looking at them – I was like – wow! Those dyes are excellent! And so healthy for eating.

  4. Lisa, what pretty dyed eggs! I especially like how they look “earthy”, if that makes sense. I’m going to pin this to remember next year. Thanks so much for sharing at Stress-Free Sunday. 🙂
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    • Thank you so much! I think this is officially the first pin from my site. Hahaha! I am feeling so honored now – and am relishing cause I don’t know when the next one will come!

      I really loved how the eggs turned out. Next year, I will definitely add some liquid chlorophyll and figure out how to make additional colors.

      Thank you so much for stopping by!
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