This year and for future Easter celebrations I want our girls to hunt for wood eggs in the yard versus plastic ones. I love being natural and eco-friendly and am really excited about having wood Easter eggs from now on! My friend Eva inspired me by showing me that you can actually buy hollow wood eggs to fill with treats and hide in the yard. Today I’m going to show you how to make DIY naturally dyed and painted wood eggs.
DIY naturally dyed and painted wood eggs
1. Order hollow or solid wood eggs online
I found a really affordable option, a dozen wood hollow eggs through Oriental Trading company. I will warn you though that over half of the eggs arrived without being able to get the tops off. I found by using a pairing knife and wedging it into the egg that the tops were able to pop off. I also used a little sand paper to sand the inside of the eggs. For the price I think that inconvenience was worth it. It wouldn’t have been nice if they didn’t have issues but oh well.
I also picked up a pack of solid wood eggs. The pack has five eggs and with a half off coupon I got these pretty cheap.
Mila and I walked to Michael’s in the search for more eggs and we picked up one large wood goose egg.
2. Make the natural dye from plants and soak them in containers
In this post, I explain how to dye boiled eggs naturally with plants. When it came to dying wood eggs, the only colors that I tried that actually came out were from the beets and turmeric, a red and yellow natural color. The blue dye from the purple cabbage was apparent when the eggs were drying but it completely faded once the eggs were fully dry.
Some of the wood eggs did crack probably from being in water for so long. I think it is worth it regardless but just be aware that this may or may not happen to your wooden eggs. I still plan to use the cracked wooden eggs and will just fill them with large pieces of candy or little toys so they don’t fall out.
Use whatever containers you have to place the eggs in. I used coffee mugs and small glass mason jars.
How to dye red wood eggs
You will need:
- 3 beets
- 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
- A pot to boil the beets
- A bowl to put the dye in
- A strainer to strain the beets
- A spoon
To make this red/magenta dye, dice up the beets and place them into a pot with the water. Simmer them for 35 minutes. Drain the beets and place the dye into a bowl. Add the vinegar. Place your eggs in the dye and leave them somewhere safe such as the counter. I left my eggs in the dye for 14 hours from 7 pm to 9 am.
How to dye yellow wood eggs
You will need:
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons of turmeric
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar
- A pot to boil the turmeric in
- A spoon
- A bowl to put the dye in
This recipe is for a smaller quantity of dye. I actually ran out of eggs or else I would have dyed more. I would double the recipe if you plan to dye more than a couple eggs yellow. Turmeric is a spice that has a gorgeous yellow hue and out of all the dyes it was the easiest to make, since I didn’t have to dice up or strain anything.
Place the turmeric and water in a pot and simmer for 15 minutes, but you can simmer it for longer. Pour the dye into a bowl and stir in the vinegar. Add your wood eggs in the dye and let it sit overnight in a safe place such as the counter. I left my egg in the dye for 14 hours, from 7 pm to 9 am.
Additionally, I used some rocks from my yard to weigh down the wood eggs so they were fully submerged in the dye.
3. Place the dyed eggs on a towel that can possibly be stained and let them dry
I placed all of the eggs on a towel to dry. It actually took some time for them to become fully dry. I left them on the table for a couple days, making sure to turn them over so that all parts of the eggs were able to dry.
As you can see the blue dye did come through faintly but when it came to them being fully dried the color was no longer present.
Here are the naturally dyed wood eggs below fully dried.
4. Use paint to decorate your naturally dyed eggs
Since we have amassed a ton of sample color paints from choosing wall colors, I used these small samples of latex paint to paint my wood eggs. I just wanted to use what we had. Acrylic paint is another great option for painting the eggs.
I ended up going over the simple designs twice with the paint. Be creative! Paint them whatever your heart desires. I love flowers so most of mine I painted flower designs, other abstract shapes and also a rainbow. My goal was to keep them simple so I didn’t use more than two colors on each egg.
5. Let your painted wood eggs dry and enjoy them!
I absolutely love how these wood eggs turned out! They are fun and festive and most of all my daughter loves them!
I’m so excited for Mila to use these this year and for both of our girls to use them in the future! I can’t wait to fill them with sweet treats and hide them in the yard. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this DIY naturally dyed and painted wood eggs tutorial! Let me know if you give the tutorial a try and if you have any questions! Happy Easter!
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