Similar to many of you reading this, I grew up dying eggs all shades of neon. While those memories definitely make me smile, being a florist and all, I couldn’t help but experiment with an option that was more botanically inspired. This was a creative, sort of time consuming, chemistry-like project perfect for keeping us occupied while under covid quarantine. I also had fun styling all the details afterwards for this post. Now I have an iphone camera roll full of egg photos – help!
Here is a list of steps for you to try this process at home:
1. Hard boil white eggs. Timing depends on the size of your eggs. I used extra large and boiled for 18 minutes. When finished, rinse under cold water and let eggs cool on the counter. *white eggs dye much better than brown
2. Pick your teas. I used five different loose leaf tea varieties (hibiscus, chamomile, lavender, rooibos, green mate).
3. Simmer your teas. I quickly simmered 3 tablespoons of each tea in a small pot of water then transferred each tea into its own ball jar. Ball jars are ideal to use since they can withstand the heat of the simmered water.
4. Once the teas cooled down I added 3 tablespoons of vinegar to the large jars and 1 tablespoon of vinegar to the small jars. Mix everything together then gently submerge your eggs. Try not to over crowd the jars so that you can stir your teas every once in a while.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and let the eggs sit in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day I carefully spooned out the eggs and let them dry on a rack. I rubbed the film off of the hibiscus eggs to reveal the marbled blue coloring and left the film on the other eggs that had more subtle coloring. Hibiscus and lavender were by far my favorite teas to use creating earthy shades of blue, green and grey. Chamomile yielded a beautiful mustard yellow while rooibos turned the eggs peach.
Next Easter, when Jake is 3, I may have to let him dye eggs the traditional way. Until then, I will fully enjoy my muted and marbled creations.
Wishing everyone a healthy & happy Holiday weekend. xo!