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Two unique techniques to dye your Easter eggs

Easter season is one of the best periods to visit south Europe. Nature is at it’s best, weather is mild, spring has sprung and Southerners know how to enjoy Easter and to be more specific I can’t really pick between Spanish Easter and Greek Easter. Good news is that I don’t have to choose because they are celebrated on different dates since Catholic and Orthodox church follow different calendars. On the other hand the Italians do a great job celebrating Easter too but I have this feeling that Spaniards and Greeks tend to give a more spiritual and dramatic dimension on Easter which makes it really unique.

Easter eggs is the most popular custom of Easter season and though tradition wants our eggs to be dyed red, over the last decades and due to decoration preferences and creativity Easter eggs became colorful and playful. But has it really been just the last decades? My grandma used to decorate eggs and she taught me two amazing techniques she learned from her grandma. Using only what they had at home and with no need for crafting supplies those two techniques are my favorite until now.

Technique No1 – Stenciled red eggs

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Seeing these stenciled red eggs you can easily assume that probably this has been the first attempt to decorate traditional Easter eggs. Women back then didn’t have so many tools and supplies to work miracles as we do today but they didn’t lack in will and creativity.

To make these traditional stenciled red eggs you will need:

  • Eggs
  • Green leaves of your choice to use as stencils
  • Old stocking socks
  • Red onion outer layer leaves
  • 1 cup of wine vinegar

Make sure that your eggs are perfectly clean and place the leaf of your choice on top

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Cover it with a piece of old stocking carefully and tight it to secure

Make sure to pick a variety of leaves as the beauty of this technique lies with the different shapes

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Place them in a deep pan and cover them with cold water and a cup of wine vinegar

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On top place the leaves of the red onions (only the outer layers),bring to boil and cook it in medium heat for 20 minutes

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Your eggs are ready. To add some extra shine coat them with some olive oil

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As you can see the outcome is so natural and rustic it makes me wonder how old is this technique? Of course you can use store bought egg colour to gain a brighter red colour but I wouldn’t change the procedure a bit. I love it just as it is.

Technique No2 – Marble effect eggs

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This is my favorite technique to dye Easter eggs not only because the outcome is so beautifully unique but also because I get to use thread leftovers. I have a thing as you know for upcycling and making something out of nothing. Best part of this technique… nobody will ever guess how you managed to dye those eggs if you don’t explain it to them.

To make those traditional marble effect eggs you will need

  • Eggs
  • Embroidery threads (floss) various colors
  • Aluminum foil

Cut the threads in short pieces (about 10 cm ) and mix colors

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Cut a piece of aluminum foil, moisten egg with some water, put some threads on the aluminum foil, put the egg on top covering with some more threads

Wrap the aluminum foil around the egg and place it in cooking pan with enough water to cover them. Bring to boil and cook it in medium heat for 20 minutes

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Your eggs are ready. To add some extra shine coat them with some olive oil

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I love Easter since I was a child. The promise of rebirth, life coming after death just like in nature where spring comes after winter to bring life once again always amazed me.

It’s going to be a while until I dye my Easter eggs since traditionally I follow the Orthodox calendar and this year Easter is at the end of April with Easter Sunday on May the 1st. As every year eggs are dyed on Holly Thursday morning (this year April the 28th) and are used for the famous egg fight on Great Sabath – Easter eve right after the Resurrection Service at midnight.

Until then Happy Easter to those who celebrate it now hopping there’s still time to try my techniques with your eggs. Don’t forget the eggs are perfectly eatable as coloring comes from natural ingredients.

 

Happy Easter everyone!

connie

 

 

 

 

Images via Syntagesapospiti & vasanakia

 

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10 thoughts on “Two unique techniques to dye your Easter eggs

  1. Those are so unique and so easy. Thanks for sharing your techniques. I’m going to try them with my kids this weekend. Love the marbled egg, but am very impressed with use of basic ingredients such as red onion skin and parsley leaves to make the red stencil egg. It’s so amazing what we can do with every day things.

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  2. What a nice presentation, Connie! My both grandmas used the same onion technique to dye eggs, but I never thought of using colored threads for marble effect decoration, I’ll definitely try it this year’s Good Friday. We follow the same Orthodox calendar and similar traditions in Serbia, as you probably know, but we dye eggs on Good Friday morning, that’ll be April 29th this year.
    There’s a strange coincidence in China of bright red hard boiled eggs symbolizing new life, served to celebrate a child’s month old, but I doubt that this is relevant to us. šŸ˜‰ Rather it could link to the Jewish tradition called huevos haminados (7 hour-eggs) part of the Sephardi Passover Seder, and apparently also the Shabbat meal.
    In my family we boil Easter eggs in “lukovina” (onion peel water) flavoured with plenty of black pepper, and occasionally also beef, the Sephardi way, with olive oil coating. They taste scrumptious ~

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    1. Oh how nice to have a Serbian friend here! Following the same Eastern Christian calendar means that we probably share a lot of similar traditions šŸ˜‰ If I had to guess about the onion technique I would say it is a Jewish tradition of Passover which was adapted by early Christians. As for the marble technique I would encourage you to try it but remember to use embroidery colored threads not sewing threads. My grandma used to be a seamstress and always had embroidery threads for decoration so she made many crafts with them.
      I was wondering about what you said on the last paragraph about flavoring easter eggs with black pepper and beef….you mean something like egg salad?

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      1. Eggs are carefully washed and then boiled for hours in salted water together with the beef and peppercorns. The idea is that the eggs absorb all the flavours at once, including cooked meat. My mum always adds a little olive oil to the water, so there’s no need to coat the eggs after they’re done, just polish them with a cloth. šŸ™‚
        Yes, I’m Serbian and part Mediterranean and I find your posts very interesting, but only I’ve read this post I realized you were Greek, that’s fantastic !

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        1. Never heard of boiling eggs with beef and pepper corns before! I never realized that egg could absorb flavors specially because this onion shell technique doesn’t leave an onion taste at all! I have to try it!
          Thank you for being supportive on my blog posts but actually I enjoy your posts too and find your blog quite interesting šŸ˜‰

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