DIY: Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally

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IMG_9709On Tuesday, myself, Sofia and some of our favorite blogger peeps were invited to a delicious and creative Brunch at The Rocky Mountain Flatbread on main street. We were to come prepared to have fun, dying eggs with fruits and vegetables and dining over some delicious foods from their new brunch menu was on the timeline for the day. We couldn’t say no, for one The Rocky Mountain Flatbread is one of our ultimate favorite family-friendly restaurants in Vancouver and secondly we couldn’t miss seeing some of our favorite faces at the same time. #winningallaround

After leaving the event we felt inspired to try it ourselves at home, we set out some time yesterday to give it a try. Choosing to concoct 2 colors (because we had that much confidence in ourselves), raspberries and strawberries for a ruby red color and carrots and mango’s for a sunshiny orange shade. Putting them on the stove in pots, boiling them down for 30 minutes. We strained out the food and was left with this beautiful natural dye; adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar to each pot we were ready to begin. 

SIDE NOTE// don’t worry, we could never discard such delicious boiled fruits and veggies, we saved it for another project that afternoon; stay tuned for that one soon. 

We then took our steamed eggs and natural dye outside on the deck and got right to it. The eggs were actually still very warm, so Sofia and I decided to hold them in a paper towel and color on them with wax crayon first. The crayon glided on with such ease as the warmth of the eggs melted the wax, it was such a neat surprise. After the final wax touches were done we popped them into the fridge. The wax set after 5 minutes cooling and we headed straight into dunking them to perfection.  

TIP// we’re all so used to traditional egg boiling, but did you know you could steam them too? Saves you any broken or cracked eggs caused from movement in boiling water. We steamed our eggs for the 30 minutes it took to boil our fruit and veggie combinations, it was perfect.

We found that compared to traditional Easter egg dye, we had to keep them in longer to get a deeper less transparent coloring. For us, we had no problem with this, heck! we had all the time in the world, we were outside, the sun was shining and our plans for the day were just this. We spent the extra time spoon bathing the tops of the eggs that were still exposed. The eggs turned out better than we imagined and they’re currently fancy’ing up our kitchen table. 

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