Easter Baskets, Hot Cross Buns + Natural Egg Dyeing

Happy Thursday! Popping in real quick today from a little family holiday we’ve taken in order to stockpile some eastery things in this little online journal of mine. Plus sharing an easy natural egg dyeing tutorial – I know it’s old news to most but so fun if you’ve never tried it. Soak them overnight for brighter hues and eat them for Easter Sunday breakfast!

Step One: Cook + Cool

Place your eggs in a single layer in the bottom of a large pot or saucepan and cover with water. Once the water is boiling, turn off the heat and let the eggs sit on the stove with a lid covering the pot for 8-9 minutes to get a semi-soft boiled egg or 12-13 minutes for a hard boiled egg. After that time, put the eggs in an ice bath to stop the cooking process and allow them to cool for dyeing. Obviously white eggs will give you a much brighter hue but they are harder to come across! One of our hens actually lays white legs but she stopped laying a week or two ago, naturally, so brown it is!

Step Two: Make Your Dye

There are many things you can use for dye which are already in your pantry or garden, so work with what you’ve got. Some ideas are coffee, tea, turmeric, raspberries, blueberries, beetroots, purple cabbage, or onion skins.

First, add roughly 1 litre of water + 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to various pots holding the ingredients. We used four different ingredients this year: Blueberries, beetroots, coffee and turmeric. Once brought to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer for 20-30 minutes, or longer if you’d like more colour – up to an hour if you’d like, but just make sure the heat is on quite low so all the water doesn’t evaporate doing cooking. Lastly, strain the dye into a bowl and then distribute into various jars and cups ready for your eggs!

Step Three: Dip and Soak

Place however many eggs you want in glass jars with the dye plus 1-2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Soak for as long as you’d like in the fridge. We soaked ours overnight and ate them for breakfast the next morning. Once they have finished dyeing, wash off the excess dye and rub gently with a towel. This is where you may get a speckled effect.

As you can see, the coffee gave a rich brown colour, the turmeric an earthy orange, and the beets and blueberries were similar in colour and gave a rich purple-red.

Such a fun craft to do with your children. Aren’t they beautiful?

A few more fun easter things:

We made hot cross buns yesterday, another favourite easter tradition and even though I forgot to leave an egg spare and something went wrong with the yeast activation, they still turned out yum. More like damper but hey, layer anything with a slab of melty butter and it’s delicious. The perfect addition to our card game session.

Easter baskets. 

I finished these off before we left for our trip, knowing that when we got back it would be a mad rush plus I’m shooting a wedding the day before Easter, SO:

Some fun, inexpensive things to add —

Do up some easy labels on Word or Pages then pop on toiletry bottles filled with things you already have at home and use sticky tape to secure at the back.

I filled my children’s baskets with other usual favourites like books, smelly pens, puzzles and slippers.

And found these super cute wooden name tags from Big W.

They also have pj’s they will unwrap on Easter eve because I am that kind of mum, and because they know that certain holidays mean jammies to match.

Three sleeps til the Easter Bunny arrives and we have NOT stopped hearing about it.

Wishing you a wonderful Easter, friends!

 

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