Crafty Leaf Print Easter Egg Recipe

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.

Supplies

Hard-boiled eggs
Leaves
Pantyhose
Twist ties or thread/needle

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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove the eggs from the dye mixture and sit on paper towels on wire rack to drip dry.  Let dry for several hours.
  4. Take the pantyhose off the egg and if the egg is still wet, continue to let dry.
  5. 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?

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Jessica McCoy

Jessica McCoy

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Comments

  1. Jennifer Williams says

    How clever is that. I am hoping to color eggs this year, I have had the same kit for two years, it is time to get it used up if it still works. I will be trying other things as well to be a bit more creative.

  2. Marlene Baird says

    These look so cool. Quite unusual for of art. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.
    You co host from Nosh My Way.

    • Jessica says

      It’s so much fun to try a new way to decorate eggs. I boiled some more today and need to dream up a new way to decorate. ;) Have fun!

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