What is your Pinterest experience? Mine usually goes something like this: I want to make something with or for my kids, I have an idea, but need a little inspiration. Current example: Easter eggs. As a kid, we grabbed crayons, and store-bought dye had a blast coloring and dunking, and we were done.
Of course, I have to try something different now that I am a parent. The images of naturally dyed eggs embellished with flowers and ferns are enough to make anyone want to frolic in the forest and eat granola. Add in the results from the magical silk dying videos, and I am hooked! I am lost in a sea of ideas – Rice Krispie treat eggs, sequins, decoupage, funny face emoji eggs – and as it slowly becomes overwhelming I know it’s time to pick my project and move on. We are going with natural dye, flower embellishments AND silk dying. Now let’s see how a Pinterest Project ACTUALLY works in a home with children.
(Full disclosure, I packed up the kids and took them to my Mother-in-law’s house. I called ahead and ordered the ingredients we needed, and she had them ready to go! I HIGHLY recommend this as step 1 if you have it available to you).
We chose 5 colors:
- Turmeric = yellow
- Red Cabbage = Blue
- Grape Juice = Lavendar
- Spinach = Green
- Beets = Red / pink
I followed the recipe from rodalesorganiclife.com, and it was easy to read with simple instructions to follow along. However, I’m not the greatest at following any directions and tend to err on the side of, “that’s close enough.” I definitely went over on the boiling time for the vegetables when I had to bail on the timer to change my two-year-olds massive diaper. I also realized later that I forgot to add the vinegar and salt to the boiling pot. So if you are a rules follower, your results may vary!
The Red Cabbage didn’t quite give the Robin’s egg blue I had hoped for, and the Spinach basically did NOTHING. But all in all, I love the results. You never know what you are going to get and that is part of the fun. It’s like a science experiment, art class and Easter celebration wrapped up in one!
- Start this FIRST thing in the morning or be prepared to leave the eggs OVERNIGHT. There is no instant gratification with naturally dyed eggs, you have to wait for the results. I feel like there might be a lesson somewhere in there. I wonder if Pinterest has the answer?
- Perhaps if you follow the instructions more closely, you will get more common results.
- Make sure to have an old towel or newspapers under your bowls or jars, so you don’t dye your counter tops! (sorry Mimi).
- White Eggs give more vibrant colors, and Brown eggs give a more muted color, both are great.
- There really isn’t a bad egg, even the oh so subtle spinach hue has a place in this rainbow.
I had no idea what to expect from this experiment, I watched this video a couple of months ago and was totally amazed, but wasn’t sure if it would really work for me. Some of the fabric was plain, so I decided to cut up other pieces and add them in; I had no idea if this would work (didn’t say anything about that in the video, but you know how I feel about instructions). We wrapped the eggs, crossed our fingers and cranked up the heat….
- Make sure you use 100% silk.
- I am going to add silk ties, scarves and shirts to my thrift store search list.
- More saturated the fabric, the more vibrant the result.
- Cutting up fabrics to make shapes, lines, and other designs work too.
- Graphic prints will come out clear on the front of the egg, but not on the back.
If you give a try, please post pics of your results! It is so fun to see! (if you can, take before and afters so you can see the transformation). Enjoy!