By Julia Vinokur

In order to get fun-looking, colorful Easter eggs, you do not need to use commercial dyes.  A lot of natural herbs, fruits and vegetables can be used for coloring. Here are several recipes.

How to make color solution:

Onion Peels:
This method is very popular in Eastern Europe. Depending on the length of the coloring and intensity, you can get brown, dark red or yellow eggs.  This is my favorite method because it not only makes beautiful eggs, but also adds a wonderful flavor to the eggs themselves.  The only drawback of it is remembering to collect onion peels far in advance.rp371111_large

  1. Put water in the cooking pan and add brown onion peels.  You can get dark brownish red color by adding 2 glasses of water to the peals of approximately 8 onions.  More water will make the color less intense.
  2. Boil water with onion peels for about 30 minutes and put it aside for about an hour.
  3. Add eggs into the solution with onion peels and boil them for about 7 minutes.  In order to get more intense color, you can leave eggs in the pot after turning the heat off for a longer time.

Curry:

In order to get dark yellow color, you can use curry. Add about 1 tbs of curry to 2 cups of water, boil, then put white cooked eggs in and set aside for one hour.

Berries:

Here is the recipe for a blue color.

  1. Get some dried blueberries or blackberries. Add about ½ lb of the dried berries to 1 qt of water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add cooked white eggs and leave them in the water for at least one hour.  You can leave them longer for more intense color.

Other Vegetables:

Red cabbage can also give you blue color.  Beets can give you pink color, and carrots can be used for yellow.  Spinach will give you green color, however, in order to get darker green, eggs should be left in the solution for several hours.

How to get fun patterns:

Here are several techniques to make Easter eggs more fun looking

1. Fun patterns with leaves, flowers, rice and pine tree needles:rp371110_large

  • Collect leaves, flowers, or pine tree needles.
  • Cut up a pair of stockings into small pieces that can hold one egg.
  • Dip a flower or a leaf into the water and stick it to a wet egg (you can use a rubber band or a piece of string to hold it down). You can also roll wet eggs in rice in order to get cute little dots all over the surface.
  • Wrap these eggs into cut stocking pieces very tightly, so that flowers can not be moved.
  • Put wrapped eggs into the coloring solution, and wait until it is colored.
  • Take the eggs out and wait for the surface to dry.
  • Carefully take the stockings, flowers, ropes or leaves off, leaving beautiful designs behind.

2. Straight lines.

Put rubber bands over the eggs, and you can get fun looking straight lines around the surface where the coloring does not get through.

3. Wax crayons

Use wax crayons to decorate the eggs before coloring.

4. Paper and scissorsпасхальные-украшения-50

Use paper, scissors, and foam stickers to decorate your eggs and get a variety of shapes and figures on them, using the same methodology as above.

 

 

The most important part of the process is to set aside some time with your children, and choose the age-appropriate decoration method that everybody can enjoy!

 

Have fun decorating!