Eco-friendly Easter! – Complete Report

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Making Your Own Easter Eggs From Scratch

Vegans and those who’d rather not use real eggs can paint either porcelain eggs from the craft store, which make excellent keepsakes, or make their own out of a corn starch based play clay.  The recipe is simple and safe: cook a cup of baking soda together with one half cup cornstarch and three quarters of a cup of water in a sauce pan on low heat.  Stir frequently to avoid lumps till a mashed potato texture is obtained.

Then remove the pan from the heat and allow the clay to cool.  Place the clay on a floured breadboard and knead it until you get the right texture, adding more starch as required.  To tint the clay, knead a little food coloring in, but for painting eggs, you can leave it white.  Just let the eggs dry overnight and paint with ordinary children’s or craft paints.  Papier mache is another great way to make eggs you can keep, without the need to boil and eat real ones.  Just tear up some newspaper and use a mixture of flour and water to form it over a base.

Another fun egg related craft is making rainbow egg crayons.  Find all the crayon stubs that have collected over the past few months, then melt them carefully over the stove and pour into egg shaped molds.  The kids will love seeing their old crayons turned into a fun new plaything, and they’ll enjoy coloring, too.  Just make sure not to mix the colors thoroughly – you should see swirls of color in the hot wax – and allow the crayons to cool completely before allowing children to use them.

Egg Dye Recipes From Common Kitchen Ingredients

To get colors from plants for your egg dying, boil the eggs in a little vinegar, plus the coloring ingredient you’re going to use.  It’ll help keep any cracked ones from leaking into the pan, and it’ll help the natural dyes stick to the shell without adding any acid flavor to the egg.  You can also cook the vegetables separately and allow the eggs to sit in the liquid overnight.  Remember not to overcrowd the vessels, and strain the dye through a coffee filter to prevent speckling.  You’ll get nearly every color of the rainbow from easily obtained grocery store sources.

Concord grape juice or red wine makes lavender, while red cabbage combined with a little baking soda makes a striking shade of blue.  Use blueberries for a more purple shade of blue With vinegar, the cabbage makes a bright pink, or you can use beets or cranberry juice.  Parsley or fresh spinach leaves can be used to create green, and may not even need to be cooked.  Liquid clorophyll is another option for greens.

Citrus peels, carrot tops, yellow onion skins and turmeric all make attractive yellow to orange shades in different brightnesses.  Turmeric is probably the brightest, but it can stain countertops and utensils.  Red onion skins will produce a nice orangish red.  Strong or instant coffee and regular black tea both produce an attractive shade of brown, with coffee eggs tending to be darker, while tea eggs are a pale tan.  Walnut hulls can also be used to make brown, and were once one of the major components of writing ink.

For designs, just use crayons to draw on the eggshells before coloring to create an attractive resist pattern.  Older children can even try pysanky – the Ukrainian art of making beautiful eggs with beeswax and dye.  Only very simple tools are needed for this, though the presence of fire means you should be certain to provide adult supervision.  The results can be extremely striking, and offer something a little different from the same old Easter eggs!

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Comments

  1. tamar says:

    You have to try yummyearth organic candy. We make organic lollipops and organic gummy bears. Check us out at http://www.yummyearth.com

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