How to make dyed leaf imprint Easter eggs

Botanical Leaf Imprint Easter Eggs

Before decorating your Easter eggs this year, head out to the garden and hunt for leaves to imprint on them. The spring garden may just be emerging, but there are surely plenty of unusual shapes of leaves that you can use to adorn your Easter eggs. With just a few supplies, such as nylons and a bit of food coloring, leaf imprint Easter eggs are a fun way to celebrate the season. This project can be done with natural vegetable dyes such as red cabbage and beets as well.How to make dyed leaf imprint Easter eggs


How to make dyed leaf imprint Easter eggs

Make it!

Start by blowing the yolk and whites out of the eggs. Use a nail to gently tap a hole in the round end of the egg. Move the nail around in the hole a bit to make it larger. Tap a second hole in the pointy end of the egg; this one can be a bit smaller. Use the nail to stir up the inside of the egg and break the yolk. Blow on the pointy end of the egg so that the egg’s insides come out into one of the bowls. Rinse the inside of the eggshell with water and pat the shell dry.How to make dyed leaf imprint Easter eggs

Place the eggs into sections of a nylon stocking that are tied on one end with baker’s twine. Press a leaf, top side facing the eggshell, inside the nylon and pull the other end tightly to hold it in place. Tie the other end of the nylon firmly with baker’s twine.How to make dyed leaf imprint Easter eggs

Prepare the dye in the other three glass bowls by mixing a half cup water, two tablespoons vinegar, and some drops of liquid food coloring. Start with 10 drops and add more for a darker color. I used almost a whole bottle of yellow dye added to a few drops of red and about 20 drops of green to get the shades I like. All dyes will have different concentrations, so use your judgment when mixing the colors.

Dip the egg into the dye and use a spoon to baste it. Basting it with the dye will allow the color to be more even around the egg. The dye should be transferred in just five minutes or so, but you can remove the eggs and test the color when you think they are ready. Add them back into the dye if you want a deeper color.How to make dyed leaf imprint Easter eggs

Remove the nylon by cutting away the baker’s twine. Remove the leaves and allow the eggs to dry completely by setting them into a cardboard egg carton.Leaf imprint Easter eggs

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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Shirley @Housepitality Designs
    Shirley @Housepitality DesignsMarch 14,17

    What a most wonderful and beautiful idea! The leaf design is so perfect for the Easter basket or table. I can see it tucked into a beautiful bird’s nest too.! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  2. Kerryanne - Shabby Art Boutique
    Kerryanne - Shabby Art BoutiqueMarch 14,17

    Such a fun project Stephanie and a great one to get the kids involved with too!

  3. Lidy@FrenchGardenHouse
    [email protected]March 14,17

    Stephanie, I love this! I’ll be making some dyed eggs for our Easter Egg Brunch, and love making the leaf ones the most. Thank you! I’m excited to be part of the ALL THINGS EASTER bHOME TOUR with you! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Debbie manno
    Debbie mannoMarch 14,17

    This is such a beautiful idea! I have always wanted to try something like this but didn’t know how:) Thanks for sharing the inspiration. Your eggs are soooo pretty.

  5. Julie
    JulieMarch 14,17

    This is such a fun project. I might try it with my teens this year. I need to find some leaves though! It’s 16 degrees lol

  6. Ann
    AnnMarch 14,17

    Truth be told I haven’t colored Easter eggs for so long I’m not sure I would know how! These are darling though and so fun for kids. Well done!

  7. susan
    susanMarch 14,17

    Love this idea! Would be fun with the kids!!

  8. Mary Beth
    Mary BethMarch 14,17

    Oh, Stephanie! These are absolutely beautiful. I love how simple and elegant they look.

  9. Carol
    CarolMarch 15,17

    I love Easter eggs!! I always think they blank canvas and I this idea is very clever.

  10. laura janning
    laura janningMarch 15,17

    stephanie, i have never seen this method before, how clever. thanks for sharing some inspiration.

  11. Karen Segal
    Karen SegalMarch 15,17

    I would use the garden to start my grandson’s pumpkin seeds for the largest pumpkin contest. I feel the seeds would benefit from even light. My son is carrying on our gardening tradition. Also I could start my heirloom tomato seeds. I now live close to a coal and bottle dump so we do container gardening for safety.

  12. Felisha R.
    Felisha R.March 15,17

    Such a beautiful idea! I’ve used cut pieces of paper to decorate eggs, but didn’t think of using leaves or other natural items. Thank you for the inspiration, and happy easter!

  13. Sarah | She Holds Dearly
    Sarah | She Holds DearlyMarch 16,17

    Oh my, this is amazing, you have given me so many ideas in this one post. I love it!

  14. Sandy Garver
    Sandy GarverMarch 17,17

    great idea for my grandchildren

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