Easter Craft with Team BFTB

Easter Craft with Team BFTB

This Easter, in an effort to shift the school holiday focus away from chocolate eggs (I mean, they’re irresistible!) the BFTB team put together a craft activity with hen’s eggs.

This one is great for kids to get involved and you can do this in stages. Give yourself a couple of days and lots of bench space.

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What You'll Need

  • 1 dozen eggs (find the lightest coloured eggs available)
  • Natural dye ingredients (see below, choose a few or all of these!)
  • Small and thin decorative leaves (like coriander, curry leaves, young parsley or anything from your garden!)
  • White vinegar
  • 1 pair of sheer/nude nylon stockings
  • Plenty of rubber bands
  • Clean glass jars (one for each dye ingredient)
  • Strainer
  • Small and medium cooking pots
  • Water

Natural Dye Options (choose a few, or all of these)

  • 1 small bunch of Parsley or English Spinach
  • ¼ of Red cabbage, chopped/grated
  • 3 x avocado (cleaned avo seeds and clean skins)
  • 2 brown onions (skin only)
  • 2 red onions (skin only)
  • 12 fresh or frozen blueberries, squashed
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric
  • 1 beetroot, grated
  • 2 tablespoons of coffee beans
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Method

  1. Because most Aussie Hen’s eggs are brown, you will need to bleach/lighten your eggs to give them the brilliance of the dye. Using a ratio of 1:1 water and white vinegar, submerge all the eggs into a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. The egg shells will become more fragile, so boil for a maximum of 10 minutes and take off the heat. Immediately get scrubbing (very gently!) to make your eggs as light/white as possible!

  2. Cut up a pair of pantyhose with big enough squares to cover one egg, individually wrapped. First, place a small leaf over the egg and stretch the stocking over, tie in a knot, or use a rubber band so it’s snug. Repeat the process for the remaining eggs. Set aside.

  3. Step 3 is a new phase, so give yourself a lot of time here! Combine the natural ingredient into a small to medium saucepan. Cover with water and add 1 teaspoon of vinegar.

  4. Allow to simmer for 30 minute’s with a lid slightly ajar. Once the colour has developed strain the contents and discard the fruit and vegetables.

  5. While still hot, pour the hot liquid into jars with lids, add the wrapped egg. Use small glasses to weigh down the eggs so they are comply submerged in the dye.

  6. Leave them to develop the colour overnight.

  7. Cut the stockings away from the eggs and discard the leaves.

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