How to Naturally Dye and Paint Eggs
16 March 2022
The experience of festivals is an important element in Steiner education. A much loved School tradition, standing as beacons across the changing year, they are a wonderful way to come together as a community holding our children’s education in our hands. In our Kindergarten Spring Festival the children, teachers and families build a giant nest of sticks, twigs, leaves and Spring flowers, hoping to entice a visit from the Easter Hare. We share joyful songs, hot cross buns and a puppet show before the children go outside to see if the Easter Hare has left any beautiful painted eggs for them. If you’d like to have a go at creating your own family Spring Festival then take a look at how to naturally dye and paint eggs below…
- Wash hard-boiled eggs in warm soapy water and let cool.
- Put 1-3 handfuls of dyestuff, or several spoons of spices, in a saucepan (red onion skins for red; red cabbage leaves for blue; turmeric for gold; spinach leaves for green; hibiscus tea for purple).
- Add tap water to at least one inch above the dye stuff.
- Bring the water to the boil, and reduce to simmer for 15 minutes to an hour until you like the colour. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Strain the liquid. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of white vinegar per 250ml and pour in a bowl or jar deep enough to completely cover the eggs
- Lower the eggs in and leave until you like the colour (several hours or overnight, the longer, the deeper the colour will be)
- Lift the eggs out and carefully dry in an egg carton
- Paint them with normal children’s paints or use silver, gold and coloured paint pens.