Beautiful Easter Eggs Made With All Natural Materials
Growing up in Switzerland I learned how to make these beautiful eggs with Mother Nature's imprint. All you need is patience, dexterity and an hour or two. Make them with your school age children, be prepared for some real beauties, some failures (it takes a bit of practice to get them right) and some eggs that will only have a faint, almost etherial imprint on them.
- Yellow and red onion skins (keep them separate)
- White eggs
- Leaves and grasses from your garden
- Put red skins in one pot with water, yellow ones in another, bring to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes. The red skins will make darker eggs, the yellow skins lighter ones.
- Place eggs on a soft surface, put leaf on it (I found that using a bit of egg white helps the leaves stick. Firm leaves do better than soft ones, ivy and fern works really well.
- Place leaves close together and carefully wrap them onto the egg with twine. You want to wrap them tightly so the leaves don't come off when you boil the eggs. This it the part that takes patience and dexterity. Don't despair, you will get the hang of it!
- Gently place the wrapped eggs into the pot, bring to a boil and boil for 5-10 minutes.
Once the eggs are done, you simply remove the twine and leaves. Your masterpieces are finished!
Note: I decided to experiment with another color option, thinking that red beets would stain the eggs pink. Much to my surprise the eggs did not take on any color! The I decided to add turmeric to my yellow onion skins and that ended up giving them a vey nice hue.