1 head of red cabbage, chopped
5 cups water
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 pinch baking soda
In a large stainless steel pot, bring all the ingredients to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 30 min. Strain out the cabbage, and separate from the liquid dye. You can pour the dye into glasses and soak your eggs overnight.
We chose to save the strained cabbage and use it to tie dye some of our eggs. We created a nest of sorts and buried our eggs in the left over leaves. Let them sit over night, and you’re left with white and blue tie eggs!
We finally painted our eggs! Instead of messing with natural dye again, or picking up the boxed kind, I opted to find something around the house to reuse instead. I can never seem to use my nail polish fast enough, and it always ends up goopy. So using some of my bright colors from last year worked perfect! I started by blowing out the eggs, and of course making some omelets.
Use whatever technique works best, I went with the ol’ pin and aspirator method. A straw can also be very helpful if you don’t have the aspirator.
Then, once the eggs were washed and dry, a little white spackling paste makes the holes vanish. I also created some little egg stands by cutting up all the sections in the egg carton, flipping them upside down, and adding pins to carefully cradle and hold the eggs in place.
Then I put some q-tips into the polish jars, and let Syd go to town painting. She opted for a drippy paint look.
I went for my go-to black, white and gold palette, using sharpies & metallic nail polish.
We cut strips of paper bags to create little nests for our pretty eggs. Here are Syd’s colorful creations:
These yarn wrapped candles are the perfect way to add a bright & cheery touch of spring to your table!
And they couldn’t be any easier to make. You just need candles (I picked up mine at Target for under two bucks a piece), colorful yarn, and some glue.
Start by glueing one end of your yarn to the candle, then get to wrapping. Make sure you wrap tightly, and add a dot of glue every so often. If you’re using hot glue like I did, be sure to just use a little dot. If the glue builds up it creates bumps under your yarn.
Switch up the colors to make different designs.
Then they’re ready to display! As always use caution when working with hot glue, and make sure you keep the yarn far enough away from the tops of your candles!
We finally colored our eggs! There were some ups and downs in this process. I had my heart set on doing naturally dyed eggs this year. They did work, but we didn’t have the patience to get the fun bright colors we set out for. Not the right egg coloring method for the little ones, I think we’ll try it again when Syd is older and can appreciate the process. Continue reading →
Hope everyone is having a great afternoon, and getting excited for Easter. Sydney sure is! Today we worked on some crafts using cotton balls, an egg carton, googly eyes, craft paper, paints and markers. We came up with a cute little chick in a nest, a fluffy white bunny, and a chick that can open and close his mouth (Syd likes to feed that one). What Easter crafts have you been working on?