Botanical Grape Juice Dyed Easter Eggs

After making the onion skin dyed eggs that I blogged about earlier this week, I decided to try my hand at a simplified version of those eggs using the same basic technique. Using hard boiled eggs instead of hollowed out eggs and dying the eggs in grape juice in the fridge instead of in an onion skin dye on the stove, made the grape juice dyed eggs much simpler to make than the onion skin dyed eggs.  Plus, the grape juice dyed eggs made a lovely breakfast the next day.

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Onion Skin Dyed Decorative Eggs

When I was a child my mom had some hollowed out terracotta colored eggs with plant silhouettes on them.  I thought they were very pretty.   Every Easter when my family decorated eggs I wanted my eggs to look like those.  They never did.  Given that I am still thinking about those eggs (20+ years later?), I finally decided to get serious about trying my hand at creating my own version.  These eggs are not simple, but I am pretty pleased with the results and they look like my original egg-spiration (sorry, last corny egg joke, I promise).  The originals have long since perished so no side by side comparison photos are possible.  You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Later this week, I’ll post a simplified version of these eggs (using hard boiled eggs, an easy dye and edible plants).

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Egg-cellent Boxes (Sorry.)

These boxes are made from real eggs!

I wanted to make some egg boxes for Easter, but there were no pre-made egg boxes or water balloons (to use as papier-mâché forms) to be found in my neighborhood.  I had almost given up on egg shaped boxes when I stumbled upon an egg box project, using real eggs, on the Martha Stewart website.  The timing was perfect – I even had some eggs in the fridge that were past their expiration date.  (Cleaning out the fridge is on my list of things to do.) Continue reading