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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

{easter eggs}

The other night, as I was trying to decide how to color my eggs this year, a thought came to me. I have had great success dying different fabrics with coffee or tea to get that great, rich brown color...why not Easter eggs? You're probably asking why I just didn't buy brown eggs (which would be darling, I think), and I thought about it. But I wanted to see what these would look like, and I'm glad I did! I LOVE how they turned out!

Since we aren't coffee/tea drinkers, I had to try and track some down (I didn't want to buy a whole can for this project), and I didn't even think about needing coffee filters (went with a paper towel), but I'm here to pass along what I learned.

  • ground coffee
  • boiling water
  • eggs
  • ribbon
  • double stick tape
  • Pour the boiling water in a large bowl. Add the coffee, and stir well. I probably had about 3 c. of water in my bowl, and around 1/2 c. coffee grounds. I really just kept on adding it until it was the shade I wanted it to be.
  • Place a coffee filter (I used a paper towel, since I didn't have any filters--either one will work) in the bottom of a strainer, with another large bowl underneath it. Pour your coffee mixture into the strainer, separating the grounds from the liquid.
  • Carefully place your eggs into the now-strained liquid. Let sit until the eggs are as dark as you would like them to be.
  • Remove them from the liquid, and place into egg container. Let dry.
  • Using double stick tape, adhere ribbon to the egg.
Ta-da! You have adorably brown Easter eggs--ready for display.

What a FUN table centerpiece! We host an Easter Egg Hunt every year, and I love putting my colored eggs in a glass vase for the middle of the table.

***Try coloring raw eggs! There aren't many hard-boiled egg lovers in our family, so they all used to go to waste. A couple of years ago I switched to using raw eggs, and I love it. Even with little ones, we haven't broken one yet. (And even when we do, which is probably inevitable, it will still be worth it!) The kids have so much fun in the weeks after Easter, choosing which colored eggs will go into the cookie dough, pancake batter, or omelets.

Happy Easter!



Blogger Nancy said...

That is such a cute idea, thanks for sharing!


March 31, 2010 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Bringhurst Blog said...

SO cute!! I love, love, love anything that I can stain! :)

March 31, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Meet Virginia said...

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March 31, 2010 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Beckie said...

Very cute!

March 31, 2010 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Molly @ The Creative Maven said...

I love the color! It's a different brown than brown eggs anyway :) And I love the darling ribbons!

March 31, 2010 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Cher said...

these are DARLING! so cute...thanks for sharing the idea!

March 31, 2010 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Very cute, as always.

April 1, 2010 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

I love, love these!
Thanks for the idea!

April 1, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Deanna said...

This is a very cute idea but say I used brown eggs?? It probably only works with white eggs huh?

April 1, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

I think you could try brown eggs--they would probably be darker, but still have that swirl-y look to them.

April 1, 2010 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

What a darling idea!!! I love the black and white ribbons. Too cute!

April 2, 2010 at 12:27 AM  

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