Last Easter I decided that I would not be purchasing any commercial Easter eggs for my nieces (for all sorts of reasons, including consumerism, commercialisation, concerns around ingredients such as palm oil etc.) and would instead make my own little treats. I like the idea of gift-giving that is hand made, home made, fair trade or organic.
I decided to use regular egg shells which I emptied and cleaned, and then dyed. I do not have artificial food colourings in my house, so I had to get creative!
I thought boiling the shells in water with beetroot would make them pink, and then boiling them with blueberries would make them purple. Not so! I ended up throwing all sorts of foodstuff from my pantry and cupboard into the water to try to get some colour to take. It didn’t help that the egg shells were brown, not white, to start with. I eventually ended up with a chocolate-coloured concoction which stained the egg shells and was about the best I could come up with.
After cooling and drying the shells I stuffed them with some treats (no artificial colours, flavour or preservatives, of course!) and sealed the openings with tissue paper. I hand decorated the shells with items from my craft box so that they were sufficiently pretty and suitable for my very girly neices.