DIY Sienna Eggs {non-toxic too!}

February 26, 2013

This morning, we filmed a segment for Garden Time, and it suddenly dawned on us that it’s been a looooong while since we demo-ed a project {or blogged at all, for that matter!}… so we thought we’d share a little project that will air on Garden Time in March.

PS. This super easy, fun project is also eco-friendly and non-toxic!

What you’ll need:

  • Eggs (not boiled!)
  • Vegetable skins: yellow or purple onions, beets, beet greens, tea bags and or tumeric
  • Leaves and/or herbs (we like cilantro, parsley, bamboo, geranium, Japanese maple, cilantro, and dill)
  • Old pantyhose (aka “tights”)
  • 8 quart stock pot
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • Vegetable oil (optional)
assemble your materials
assemble your materials

Step 1: Bring to a boil water and 3 tbsp of vinegar.  Add 2-4 cups of tightly packed veggie skins.  Simmer for 15 minutes until the water has a gorgeous chestnut color (you can also add the tumeric and tea bags for extra color).

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Step 2: Use scissors to cut pantyhose into several smaller sections.  Each should be just large enough to stretch tightly around 1 egg.

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Step 3: Grab your herbs and leaves and start wrapping these textures around an egg (this will be the print that is left!) and gently wrap the egg in a piece of the cut pantyhose.

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Step 4: Tightly tie off the end of the pouch (we like to use tiny zip ties).

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Step 4: Once you have a batch ready (about 12) drop each gently into your boiling veggie water!  Boil for 10 minutes.

Step 5: At 10 minutes, turn the burner off and continue to let the eggs cool in the water for an additional 10 minutes.

This gives them time to really soak up the dye!

Step 6: Use a spoon or soup ladle to scoop out each egg.

Step 7: Unwrap (you might have to use scissors to cut off the pantyhose) and peel off the leaves/herbs…

Step 8: Optional – to really make your eggs beautiful and delicate looking, rub each with a tiny drop of vegetable oil.  It’ll make ‘em really shine!

Voila!  Gorgeous, natural, non-toxic eggs!

And they’re edible (don’t worry – they won’t take on any of the onion flavor – we tested them!)

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