Opal spent a good portion of the weekend dyeing eggs with my mom for Easter. Despite everything I know about my mom, I assumed that they were going to use one of those grocery store “seasonal aisle” staples: a PAAS dyeing kit. But this is my mom we’re talking about, the woman who for years spun, dyed, and wove her own yarn, so of course they didn’t do that. Instead she boiled purple cabbage, onions, and other produce to make her own all-natural dyes. The results were vibrant blues and purples and deep russet reds–so pretty!
Although I’m not sure anyone can get close to my mom’s egg decorating prowess, here are ten great ideas for embellishing Easter eggs from around the web:
1. Dye eggs and then burnish them with gold leaf, a la Martha Stewart:
2. Cross stitched eggs. These blow my mind. There’s not a tutorial accompanying this image, but Design Sponge has one here.
3. If you have young kids, you probably have temporary tattoos laying around. Use them on Easter eggs and save yourself from having to scrub nubby remnants off your kids’ skin:
4. This is basically the opposite of Mama Matthews’s natural dyes, but marbleizing with nail polish yields vibrant results:
5. Anyone who frequents thrift stores knows that gaudy ties are a secondhand staple. This dyeing technique gives dated silk ties a second life–just add vinegar!
6. Patterned paper napkins and Mod Podge yield adorable results in this tutorial:
7. Using electrical tape creates crisp lines in this dye resist technique:
8. Using a stamp on a convex surface doesn’t work so well. This tutorial solves the problem by stamping on a white paper napkin and then Mod Podging it onto the egg:
9. These lovely eggs were created by cutting out images from vintage magazines and, again, using Mod Podge to affix them to the eggs:
10. Simple, dye free, mess free, and cute–these graphic patterns are created with washi tape:
Happy April everyone! I hope you have a great weekend, whatever your plans may be!