Celebrate Easter, Naturally

I love Easter.  It is my favorite celebration because it ignites my inner fire to live another year with passion.  One of my favorite projects to do with my children to prepare for Easter is to  "start" our Easter baskets with wheatgrass and dye our eggs with natural pigments found in food.  Celebrating Easter naturally is more sustainable particularly because 1.)  it keeps traditional plastic filler grass out of landfills, 2.) you don't have to worry about synthetic food dyes getting into the eggs and 3.) it teaches children to respect "real" materials embracing the beauty in nature.

 Here is how to get started:

 

Material List

Wheatgrass Easter Basket
  • Easter Basket
  • Seed starting soil
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Large packet of Wheatgrass 
 

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1:  Start your Easter Baskets approximate 1-2 weeks before Easter.  Line your Easter basket with aluminum foil.

Step 2:  Fill it with seed starting soil.  Ideally, I like to put a layer of potting soil at the bottom and top it off with a layer of seed starting soil.  The potting soil has more nutrients so the grass stays green longer, but its completely optional.

Step 3:  Sprinkle the seeds ontop of the soil.

Step 4: Put a light layer of soil to cover the seeds.

Step 5: Water daily and put it near some natural light.

 

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Now that you have an Easter Basket filled with wheatgrass, it is time to dye the eggs.  Explore your favorite fruits and vegetables to get the colors you desire.  I've found three primary colors that I love and I simply dip our eggs in two of them to create the secondary colors.  Third grade art class comes in handy here.  

Material List

Naturally Dyed Eggs
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Red dye - 1 cup chopped beets
  • Yellow dye - 1-2 Tablespoons of grated fresh turmeric (or dried)
  • Blue dye - 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • White Vinegar

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Add 1 cup chopped vegetables to each one cup of water. For example, 2 cups beets to 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 2:  Remove pan from heat and let cool.

Step 3: Pour cooled dye through a strainer and into a bowl.

Step 4: Stir 1 tablespoon of white vinegar into each bowl of dye.

Step 5: Submerge hard-boiled eggs in the dye and refrigerate for 12 to 48 hours (while submerged) for the most vibrant colors. Experiment with both white eggs and brown eggs.

Step 6: Once they are dyed one color, dip them in another color to create a secondary color. The longer they soak the more vibrant the color.