Tuesday, April 19, 2011

From Tie-Dye to Tea-Dye the Easter Egg goes from cutesy to classy

A quick little Tea-Dying tutorial from eHow.com:

Coloring Easter eggs with tea is a special way to share this holiday with your children or grandchildren. Using teas instead of commercially prepared dyes gives you a more natural look, and you don't have to worry about anyone being allergic to any of the commercial dyes. You can mix different types of tea, which will give you a unique color mix. Be creative and have fun!

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things you'll need:

  • Newspaper or other paper to cover work area
  • Eggs, hard boiled and cooled completely
  • Teas of whichever types you want (herbal ones work best)
  • Bowls or other containers
  • Measuring cup
  • Boiling water
  • Egg spoon, slotted spoon, or tongs
  • Empty egg carton

1. Cover the work area with paper to protect wood from moisture.

2. Wash the eggs in warm soapy water to make sure there aren't any oils or soil on the egg to interfere with coloring. Hard-boil the eggs.

3. Make the dye mix. Pour 1 cup boiling water over at least 2 tea bags and steep for 15 minutes. Squeeze out the tea bags to remove all of the dye and set aside. Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to the mix and allow to cool to room temperature. Different teas can be used in different bowls for variety.

4. Gently add eggs to the desired bowls. Make sure each egg has room so that liquid touches all sides.

5. Allow the eggs to float in the tea bowls for at least 1 hour.

6. Lift the eggs out of the bowl and check the coloring on the eggs. Return to the solution if the desired color is not achieved.

7. Carefully remove the egg from solution and lay out to dry. Make sure not to let the eggs touch, an empty egg carton works great here. Try not to touch the eggs until they've had a chance to dry.

For some eggstra info on Easter Eggs read our post entitled Which Came First? The Easter or the Egg?
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1 comment:

  1. Girls and I are going to try some of these beautiful egg projects! Hope they turn out as great as the pics! : )