It’s that time of year again! I’m referring to Easter, my creative egg decorating holiday. I wanted to change it up from last year’s soft-coloured watercolour painted eggs so I browsed online for inspirations. Apparently there are many common vegetables you can use to create colourful egg dyes. I’m a sucker for DIYs so I decided to give this a try. I used red cabbage hoping for a rich blue, and it worked out perfectly!
I added some finishing touches with a gold marker to achieve a more glamorous look. I love the contrast of the blue against the shimmer, especially under the sunlight. Keep reading to learn how I did this.
You will Need:
- White eggs
- One red cabbage
- White vinegar
- Gold marker (optional)
Chop up a head of red cabbage, boil in 5 cups of water and simmer for 30 mins. Once done, drain the cabbage and add 4 tablespoons of white vinegar to the cabbage solution. Then all you have to do is let your hard boiled eggs soak and wait! The colour of the solution is a beautiful purple, but your eggs will turn out blue. Be sure to turn the eggs from time to time to dye all sides.
To create different shades of blue and get that ombré effect, vary the amount of time you let the eggs sit in the cabbage solution. You can check on it every half hour to see the colour and remove once you get the shade you like. Note that eggs will absorb the dye faster the hotter they are. I would suggest checking the colour after the first 15 minutes; it’s always easier to go darker than lighter.
Once dried, you can either leave them as is or dress them up like I did. I used the Decocolor marker in gold. It’s a beautiful, rich gold with lots of shine.
Let me know if you give this a try! Happy Easter and try not to overdose on chocolate…like me. 🙂
Thanks reading et à la prochaine!