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Naturally Artful Eggs

The Blackhawk Buddy House has been packed the last two days with eggcellent crafts. On Thursday, the younger children dyed eggs with natural dyes, made with coffee, tumeric, onion skins, cumin, cabbage and hibiscus flowers. Over 38 children came from Blackhawk Courts housing project to dye their eggs. It was a bustling kitchen!

Today, the older youth from the community came to the Buddy House to create decorative clay eggs made with blown-out eggs and colored Sculpey clay. The house was packed for this activity as well - and the younger children were clamoring at the windows and doors to see what the older kids were up to!

This weekend, Angelic Organics Learning Center is also offering a sold-out natural egg dying workshop, Eggcellent Adventure, to the public. Make sure to save the date for the Saturday right before Easter next year for this hit class.

In the meantime, you can try out these lovely crafts for yourself.

Egg Dye from Natural Ingredients


These eggs always turn out different and it is fun to experiment. Try mixing some of the following ingredients!

Here are some suggested ingredients:

  • Yellow Onion Skins (try wrapping the onion skins next to the eggs for a tie-dyed effect. You can secure the onion skins onto the eggs with old pantyhose, rubberbands or cheesecloth)
  • Red Onion Skins (again, try wrapping the skins - you can also put the wrapped eggs into a different dye bath to get a different color)
  • Frozen Blueberries
  • Tumeric
  • Blueberries + Tumeric for a lovely green
  • Red Cabbage (you'll be surprised at the color that comes out!)
  • Coffee
  • Red Zinger Tea
  • Hibiscus Flowers
  • Chili Powder
  • Paprika
  • Beets, chopped or shredded

Basic Recipe

4 cups water
dyestuff (about 2 to 4 tablespoons of ground herbs and spices or 1 cup whole or cut and sifted)
1 tablespoon vinegar

4 to 6 eggs, washed to remove any coating (Use raw for hot bath, hard-boiled for cold.)

Hot Bath Directions

 Bring water, dyestuff, and mordant to a boil. Add eggs and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 15 minutes, remove from heat, cover and let sit another 15 minutes or more, until desired color. (The long er you leave the eggs in the dye, the deeper the color.) Remove eggs, gently rinse in lukewarm water, and let air dry.

Cold Bath Directions

Make a dyebath by bringing water, dyestuff, and mordant to a boil. Simmer the dyestuff until the water is deeply colored, anywhere from half an hour to a couple of hours. (Put a lid on the pot to prevent evaporation.) Strain the liquid and cool. Add hard-boiled eggs to the dye, and let soak until desired color is reached (overnight, in the refrigerator).

 

Clay Eggs


You will need:

  • Raw, Washed Eggs
  • Coffee Straws
  • Nail
  • Colored Sculpey Clay in various colors
  • An Oven

Steps:

  • Gently puncture hole in top and bottom of egg using a nail. Make one hole have a larger opening
  • Insert straw in smaller hole  and blow the egg white and yolk into a bowl (you can scramble these eggs later if you like)

  • Wash and gently pat dry the egg
  • Roll out strips of Sculpey clay and blend together to create a tie-dyed look

  • Or you can roll out thin "worms" to decorate your eggs
  • Spray water on the surface of the eggs - rub it on gently
  • Bake eggs for 30 minutes at 250 degrees.