March 17, 2008

eco easter


Yes, you saw this picture last year

This time last year I was posting about natural egg dyes and easter grass options. Can you believe it's been a year? (March 7th, actually).

As far as Easter preparations go, not too much has changed for me. I plan to do natural dyes again this year, but think I will try a different method. Last year I did the "cold" method. I looked at the directions by Martha Stewart and think that I might get more intense colors by boiling the eggs in the pots. Only problem with that is that the kids don't get to be very involved. I suppose I can do a few eggs both ways: boil some raw ones in the dye for 30 minutes and then strain the dye and soak some hardboiled eggs in the cool dye.

I'll reuse the shredded green paper that I used in the baskets last year and then fill them up with loads of candy full of high-fructose corn syrup! (just kidding, uh, sort of).

3 comments:

Rebecca said...

We wrote about natural egg dyes over at www.greenbabyguide.com and I've been experimenting ever since. I can't say it's gone too well. So far the only dyes I've had success with have been tumeric and coffee. After reading your Easter post from last year, I think my problem is that I wasn't using enough vegetables. Off to try another ill-fated dyeing adventure. . . .

Gift of Green said...

Love the "just kidding, uh, sort of". Been there. ;)

Cheryl said...

I never tried these natural methods (don't have young kids anymore)...but I just read an online article linked to the OCA website that the eggs need to be washed with soap and water to remove any natural oils which would interfere with the "taking" of the dye.