Last week my sister posted a tutorial on about using natural ingredients to dye eggs. This got me thinking and browsing around the internet, and somewhere along the way I stumbled on an inspiring leaf print pictorial that I attempted to recreate using store-bought herbs. I haven’t seen greenery outside in what seems like forever.
Making leaf print Easter Eggs is fairly simple. Honestly, the most difficult part for me was finding leaves that I could use. I’m planning to do this project again with different colors, but first I want to find a variety of leaves. We used parsley and dill leaves for these eggs.
I dyed these eggs in coffee. I’ve been buying store bought Easter egg dye kits for years and never knew that I could dye eggs without doing that.
I decided to use my sister’s recipe for coffee dye, and am thinking about trying her recipes for Annatto and Tumeric Dye for some more colorful options.
Recipe for Coffee-Dye
1 cup strong coffee
2 teaspoons vinegar
- Press the leaf onto the egg and flatten with a 4 square inch piece of pantyhose. Use a twist tie or sew the pantyhose together so that the leaf is pressed down snug against the egg and no dye can leak under it.
- Submerge the egg and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. The longer it sits, the darker the color will be. I let my eggs sit for a couple hours, but next time I will likely let some of the sit overnight to have a very deep color contrast with the leaf imprint.
- Remove the eggs from the dye mixture and sit on paper towels on wire rack to drip dry. Let dry for several hours.
- Take the pantyhose off the egg and if the egg is still wet, continue to let dry.
- Remove leafs from eggs.
If planning to eat these decorative eggs, they will need to be stored in the refrigerator during the drying process. It is recommended that hard-boiled eggs sit out for no longer than two hours if they are going to be consumed.
My leaf print Easter eggs are strictly for decorative purposes, although I do think they’d look pretty fancy served at a brunch and would go perfectly with a banana muffin.
How are you decorating Easter Eggs this year?