Easter eggs are simply unbelievable without colorful eggs. If you would like to know how our grandmothers colored and decorated the eggs for Easter in the past, read this article! Here you will find everything about Easter eggs dyed with natural colors – great recipes, some interesting color techniques that you can try for yourself, and an answer to the question of why, of course, colors are better than artificial ones. We hope you enjoy our suggestions and wish you a wonderful Easter!
Why are natural colors better than artificial ones?
Easter eggs Coloring with natural colors takes a lot of time – artificial dyes are much faster and easier, and today you can even buy colored and artistically decorated eggs. Nevertheless, natural colors are the best option – perhaps you already know from experience that artificial colors sometimes reach the protein. And if you are sensitive to it, it can cause allergies. There is no such problem with natural paints – they are not as strong and completely free from unwanted side effects. The preparation is not complicated at all – you need certain plants or home remedies. You may also find natural dyes in the pharmacy.
Coloring Easter eggs with natural colors: how are you?
Before you start dyeing, you should clean the eggs well with vinegar water. This is necessary so that the natural colors can absorb better – as stated above, they are not as strong as the artificial ones. The individual colors are obtained from the following ingredients:
Green – spinach, nettle leaves
Red – beet, red cabbage
Yellow – turmeric
Yellow-brown and gray – herbal tea
Reddish brown – onion peels
Brown – coffee
Pink – cranberry berry juice, koshenille
Blue and purple – blueberry juice, elderberry juice
There are actually two ways to dye the eggs – either to cook them together with the dye, or to prepare the color separately. You can use the first variant when working with coffee, tea or onion skins. For 2L of water you need about 100g of coffee or tea and 30g (two handfuls) of onion skins (you can also increase the amount as you like). Boil the eggs with the ingredient of your choice and then cool for 30-60 minutes. You can warm the blueberry juice before coloring, and dissolve the powder – for example turmeric – in a little warm water. If you are working with fresh plants, first of all you should prepare the color broth – cut the plant parts into small pieces and let them boil in a pot (for 2L water you need about 500g of fresh plants). Filter the finished brew and dye the boiled eggs with it! The obtained color can be strengthened with a little alum and lightened with vinegar.
Easter eggs color with nature colors: decorating techniques
You can create beautiful leaf motifs by placing a leaf (for example parsley or ivy) on the hard-boiled egg. To fix the sheet, pull a stocking over the egg and immerse it in the paint. Pull off the stockings when the eggs are already dry.
The marbling is one of the most common ornamentation techniques, as the eggs are simply beautiful. Distribute indiscriminate colors on cotton (without mixing them!) And roll the warm egg inside. Repeat until you get the desired intensity of color.
You get beautiful patterns when you paint with lemon juice before coloring the boiled egg. When dyeing, the treated areas do not take on any color. You can achieve the same effect with liquid wax: draw on the uncolored egg, and after dyeing remove the wax by melting it in a candle flame.
You can also get artfully decorated eggs using the following technique: dip an old toothbrush into a color of your choice and sprinkle through a tea strainer on the egg. After drying, you can repeat the procedure several times with different colors.