After much research on the subject of dying eggs for an Easter centrepiece, I came across a tutorial on Pinterest, on how to make Robins eggs, and fell in love.
At my local farmers market, I bought six pure white duck eggs and although it was a shame to change their natural beauty, I was desperate to have a go at experimenting. Here is what I did….
You will need:
- White eggs
- 1 head of red cabbage
- 5 tbsp white vinegar
- 4 cups of water
- gold acrylic paint
- Hard boil the eggs for 5 minutes
- Chop up the red cabbage and place in a pan with the water and simmer for 30 minutes
- Allow the cabbage and water to cool completely
- Strain the beautiful purple water from the cabbage into a deep bowl
- Place you eggs into the purple liquid, ensuring they are completely submerged (otherwise you will get stripes)
- Leave the eggs to absorb the dye for 2 hours – longer if you want a deeper colour
- Remove the eggs and watch them magically turn blue as the dye reacts to the air
- Once dry, use a bristle brush (or old tooth brush) to flick gold paint on the eggs
I have nestled my eggs into a bowl of pure white violas for an interesting table centrepiece, and added a few pale feathers too.
These eggs are completely edible, so perhaps you can leave them in the fridge and eat them on Easter Sunday. I also dyed empty duck eggs too (after we ate the contents for breakfast this morning). Using the shells as little plant pots I filled them with white muscari bulbs.
I will hopefully show you the finished Easter table tomorrow.
Are you ready for Easter? I still haven’t bought any chocolate eggs and I have two desperately eggcited (see what I did there?!) boys. The bunny will make an appearance tomorrow, followed by a big feast with family and hopefully a walk afterwards to calm down two chocolate fuelled boys.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.