Easter can be a very fun time of the year when it comes to decorating and preparing for the day. You can save money and the environment by choosing to be “green” with your creativity. There are several types of activities you can do while maintaining a simple lifestyle and not buying into all the cheap and over the top decorations that can be found at local dollar and party stores. We’ll talk about some effective and fun solutions to making your Easter festivities not only fantastic but friendly to mother earth as well, ditch the plastic eggs and get creative.
Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Dying Easter eggs has always been a tradition that most folks who celebrate egg hunting and decorating partake in. However, there are multiple ways that you can safely dye your eggs without worrying about what might be in the dye kits you purchase in your local grocery or mass merchant stores. You can easily dye your eggs using some common household ingredients that won’t break your pocketbook and are also eco-friendly.
Use Jello to Dye your eggs
You’ll need to boil 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Once it comes to a boil, add in the Jello of your choice and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Strain this into a mug and allow it to cool. Once cooled soak your boiled egg for about 5 minutes, then remove and air dry. You will need to repeat this process a few different times if you want a variety of colors. Don’t have any Jello handy? You can also dye your eggs using Kool-Aid powdered drink mixes instead of Jello in
Using Foods to dye your eggs
If you don’t mind getting a little messy then you can use certain fruits to dye your eggs, the colors won’t be as vibrant as when you use food dye, but I think that adds to the earthy nature of the fun. Using any fruit that would stain such as; blackberries, cherries, strawberries or blueberries. You’ll need to mash about 1 cup of the fruit and add 2 cups of boiling water. Simmer this for about 10 minutes and then strain the fruit from the liquid. Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and strain into mugs for dipping.
Don’t want the mess of dying your eggs?
There are lots of other ways you can decorate your eggs that don’t include dying them. A childhood favorite and super creative way to decorate your eggs would be to bust out the pack of crayons or washable markers and get creative. Kids can draw on any design they want, making each egg personalized and unique. This is fun with a large group of kids because you can play other games with them that aren’t limited to hiding them and then finding them. Have you ever stumbled across a boiled egg that didn’t get found a few weeks after Easter has passed? Not a pleasant find that’s for sure. A fun game of egg chess could be constructed with some creativity, tic-tac-toe or even hangman; there are so many possibilities with this option.
What’s with the white vinegar?
White vinegar is natural, mildly acidic and has a multitude of uses in and around the home. We use the white vinegar in these recipes so that the color will set into the egg shells.