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All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes

All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes

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Use these all-natural dye recipes to create Beautiful Easter eggs! Leave eggs soaking in the dye in the refrigerator overnight for the richest colors.

 

Bluish-Gray
Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries.

Blue
Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.

Jade Green
Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.

Faint Green-Yellow
Peel the skin from 6 yellow apples. Simmer in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer 4 oz. chopped fennel tops in 1-1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Orange
Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.

Faint Red-Orange
Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Yellow
Rich yellow: Simmer 4 oz. chopped carrot tops in 1-1/2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Mustard-yellow: Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Various shades: Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes.
Pale yellow: Chop 4 oz. goldenrod and simmer in 2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Faint yellow: Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.

Brown-Gold
Simmer 2 Tbsp. dill seed in 1 cup water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.

Brown
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong coffee.

Pink
Faint pink: Chop 4 oz. amaranth flowers and simmer in 2 cups water; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer the skins from 6 avocados in 1-1/2 cup water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Mix 1 cup pickled beet juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Dark pink: Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets.

Lavender
Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

Try both fresh and frozen produce. Canned produce will produce much paler colors. Boiling the colors with vinegar will result in deeper colors. Some materials need to be boiled to impart their color (name followed by ‘boiled’ in the table). Some of the fruits, vegetables, and spices can be used cold. To use a cold material, cover the boiled eggs with water, add dyeing materials, a teaspoon or less of vinegar, and let the eggs remain in the refrigerator until the desired color is achieved. In most cases, the longer you leave Easter eggs in the dye, the more deeply colored they will become.

Here is the preferred method for using natural dyes:

  1. Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan. Add water until the eggs are covered.
  2. Add approximately one teaspoon of vinegar.
  3. Add the natural dye. Use more dye material for more eggs or for a more intense color.
  4. Bring water to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. If you are pleased with the color, remove the eggs from the liquid.
  7. If you want more intensely colored eggs, temporarily remove the eggs from the liquid. Strain the dye through a coffee filter (unless you want speckled eggs). Cover the eggs with the filtered dye and let them remain in the refrigerator overnight.
  8. Naturally-colored eggs will not be glossy, but if you want a shiny appearance you can rub a bit of cooking oil onto the eggs once they are dry.

You can use fresh and frozen berries as ‘paints’, too. Simply crush the berries against dry boiled eggs. Try coloring on the eggs with crayons or wax pencils before boiling and dyeing them. Happy Easter!

More Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Color Ingredients
Lavender Small Quantity of Purple Grape Juice
Violet Blossoms plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
Red Zinger Tea
Violet Blue Violet Blossoms
Small Quantity of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Hibiscus Tea
Red Wine
Blue Canned Blueberries
Red Cabbage Leaves (boiled)
Purple Grape Juice
Green Spinach Leaves (boiled)
Liquid Chlorophyll
Greenish Yellow Yellow Delicious Apple Peels (boiled)
Yellow Orange or Lemon Peels (boiled)
Carrot Tops (boiled)
Celery Seed (boiled)
Ground Cumin (boiled)
Ground Turmeric (boiled)
Chamomile Tea
Green Tea
Golden Brown Dill Seeds
Brown Strong Coffee
Instant Coffee
Black Walnut Shells (boiled)
Black Tea
Orange Yellow Onion Skins (boiled)
Cooked Carrots
Chili Powder
Paprika
Pink Beets
Cranberries or Juice
Raspberries
Red Grape Juice
Juice from Pickled Beets
Red Lots of Red Onions Skins (boiled)
Canned Cherries with Juice
Pomegranate Juice
Raspberries

Easy Homemade Bug Repellant Candles

Easy Homemade Bug Repellant Candles

There’s a special charm to the home-made smoke candles – citronella, peppermint, thyme, catnip and other bug-repellent (especially mosquitoes) scents. Of course you can buy the commercial bug repellant devices and candles, but why not broaden your self reliant horizons and put all those candle nubs to work at the same time?

Citronella Candles

Here’s how to make your own inexpensive batch of mosquito-repelling candles on your stovetop, in your oven or even outside over a fire. This is a great project to do indoors on a rainy or cool summer’s day when the kids are bored or cranky.

You’ll need:

  • – candle bits

  • – wicks, wick sticky and tabs

  • – glass and metal containers

  • – tongs, hot pads, oven mitt

  • – essential oils, such as citronella, mint, thyme, geranium, cloves and eucalyptus

  • – a pencil or Popsicle sticks

  • – wooden long-handled spoon

  • – waxed paper.

We’ll work today with mosquito-beating candles made on a stovetop in a double boiler.

1. Gather your collection of candle ends, stubs and burned-downs. Fill the bottom of the double boiler halfway with water, and plop a few candle ends into the top after you’ve made sure they’re clear of wick-tabs and other residue. Start cooking over medium heat. You’ll use this first batch of wax to prep your wicks.

2. When the wax is sufficiently melted in the pot, start dipping your wicks into the pot to completely coat the wick. You’ll want to trim the wick to various lengths to suit whatever containers you’re using for candles. Let the wicks relax in the wax for about five minutes and make sure they’re saturated inside and out.

3. Remove the waxed wicks to cool on a sheet of waxed paper. You’ll know they’re “done” when you can squeeze them in the wax mixture and no air bubbles escape. When they’ve cooled, attach the wick tabs that will steady the wicks in the containers, and use the wick sticky to secure them in the center of each container. Use the pencils or Popsicle sticks to hold the wick centered while you prepare the candles.

4. Add more wax and candle ends as needed to the mixture, and add whatever essential oils you’re using. I like to always use a base of citronella, then add a few drops of either peppermint, cloves, thyme, orange, eucalyptus or geranium.

5. As the wax liquefies, remove it from the heat source and keep stirring. Let it cool just slightly, then use your oven mitt to pour the liquid carefully into your candle containers, one at a time. Remove the Popsicle sticks first, then affiliate them after you’ve filled the container.

6. Continue the process until you’ve made as many candles as you need or you run out of candle ends (we never seem to run out!)

7. Allow the candles to cool indoors for a day or so, away from drafts, until they’re completely solid. Then simply take them outdoors with you next evening, light them up (safely!) and let them go to work!

It’s simple, safe and so inexpensive!

This same method can be used to make candles that will repel many different kinds of insects, all you have to do is use the correct herbs.

Below is a list of some herbs that repel different kinds of insects.

With the exception of Lavender and Tea Tree ALL essential oils must be diluted before use:

  • CEDARWOOD
  • THYME
  • CITRONELLA
  • LEMONGRASS
  • PENNYROYAL ( highly toxic to pregnant women and cats )
  • TEA TREE OIL
  • GERANIUM
  • CATNIP – Preliminary studies have shown catnip oil to be 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitos! Also a great flea repellant.
  • EUCALYPTUS OIL– Patch test before using on your skin. Keep out of mucus membranes.

ADDITIONAL EFFECTIVE INGREDIENTS

NEEM OIL – To generations of native people, Neem was known to provide protection from disease; therefore, protecting and planting Neem was not only considered a sacred duty but it was encouraged by religious sanction. Neem is a tropical tree grown in many Asian countries, and in the tropical regions of the western hemisphere. Through its gentle but effective means of controlling pests and plant disease, the Neem Tree is considered to be one of the most promising trees of the 21st century. with great potential in the fields of Pest Management, Environmental Protection and Medicine. It is believed to help control diseases like malaria, cancer and AIDS, and its use can combat desertification, deforestation, and global warming.

SOYBEAN OIL – The New England Journal of Medicine found soybean oil to be an effective natural repellant. Comparing to DEETs 302 minute repelling capabilities, a soybean-oil–based repellent protected against mosquito bites for an average of 95 minutes.

YARROW -To repel ticks, mosquitoes, and black flies, try a diluted tincture of yarrow (Alchellia millefolium) flowers directly on all exposed skin. A recent US Army study showed yarrow tincture to be more effective than DEET as an insect repellent.

GARLIC – Another effective natural bug repellent can be made by mixing one part garlic juice with 5 parts water in a small spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray lightly on exposed body parts for an effective repellent lasting up to six hours. Strips of cotton cloth can also be dipped in this mixture and hung in areas, such as patios, as a localized deterrent.

How To Make Water Canteens From Dried Gourds

How To Make Water Canteens From Dried Gourds

Gourd Water Canteen

 

  1. Choose a gourd for your water canteens craft
    When making any crafts with gourds, you need to decide what kind of gourds you should grow that would work best with your project. For water canteens, you need gourds with a somewhat evenly thick shell. For this project we recommend the Mexican Water Bottle Gourd, a Canteen Gourd or Chinese Bottle Gourd.
  2. When to harvest gourds
    Let your gourds grow all summer. Harvest the gourds directly after the first frost. The plant will be dead, but the gourds will still be green. Be sure to leave a few inches of stem on the each of the gourds.
  3. How to dry a gourd
    The best way how to dry a gourd is to place it somewhere dry and cool. Swab the outside of the gourds with a 10% bleach solution. This will help prevent rot. Then hang the gourd up somewhere cool, dry and well ventilated. You can either attach a string to the stem or you can place the gourd inside a piece of panty hose and hang the gourd in the hose. Check the gourd once a month until dry. When the gourd feels light and sounds hollow when tapped, it will be dry. This will take from 6 months to 2 years.
  4. How to clean a dried gourd
    Soak the gourds in a 10% bleach solution water for about 15 minutes. Then remove the gourds and use a scrubby pad to remove the soft outer layer of the gourds. When clean. Allow it to dry again.
  5. How put a hole in the gourd
    Choose a tapered cork for the top of your gourd water canteens. Trace around the smallest part of the cork at the top of the gourd. Use a small bit on a drill or dremel to pierce holes around the traced hole. Do not use large bits or you will break the gourd. Continue to drill small holes until you can break the cork opening out. Surround the cork with sandpaper and use the cork to sand the opening smooth.
  6. How to clean the inside of the gourd water canteens
    The inside of the gourd will be full of seeds and soft fibrous material. Use a long curved wand of some kind to break up this material and pull it out of the gourd. A metal coat hanger works well. This task may take some time. Once the gourd is relatively cleaned out, put a handful of sharp stones into the gourd and shake it around to loosen addition material.
  7. How to seal the gourd water canteens
    Melt beeswax and pour it into the water canteens. Swirl the beeswax around until the entire inside of the gourd is coated.

Source: Gardeningknowhow.com

Living Herbal Wreath

Living Herbal Wreath

Living Herbal Wreath

Wreaths with living herbs make wonderful decorations indoors and out. Better yet, a culinary herb wreath provides a continual source of fresh herbs for cooking and healing. Depending on the herbs you have growing in your wreath, they can also work well to repel insects.

Combine plantings of herbs with colorful aromatic healing flowers, such as alyssum and lobelia, mint. To keep your living wreath in good shape, pinch the tips of the herbs when you plant them and regularly after that. Occasionally clip errant stems and trim the wreath overall to keep it growing lush and looking good. Use the herb clippings in cooking.

What You Need:

  • Sphagnum sheet moss
  • 18-inch concave wire wreath form which you can make out of old wire clothes hangers, or any other wire you have.
  • Potting soil
  • Water-retentive polymer crystals
  • Herbs in six-packs or 3-inch pots
  • Annual flowers in six-packs (optional)
  • Floral U-shape pins or twisty ties from old bread bags, hair pins, etc.
  • Green spool wire
  • Sturdy hook or nail

Instructions:


1. Soak fresh or dried sphagnum sheet moss in a bucket of water for a few minutes. Work on a flat surface, such as an outdoor table, that won’t be damaged by water and dirt.

Squeeze excess water from a piece of sheet moss.

Line an 18-inch wire wreath form with generous pieces of moss, overlapping the pieces slightly, and letting them drape over the sides of the frame. Press the moss into the frame, making room to add potting soil. Moisten potting soil and combine it with water-retentive polymer crystals following package directions. I don’t use the polymer crystals, I just cut up sponges into small pieces.

Herbal Wreath Step 1

Mound the damp soil in the center of the moss as high as possible. Unpot plants and spread their roots on the soil. Space the plants 3 inches or so apart, working around the ring and alternating plants for variety. Pull moss up around the soil balls of the plants and pin the moss in place using U-shape pins (available from florist or crafts suppliers).

Tuck in additional moss to cover any bare spots, securing with U-shape pins. Wrap green spool wire around the wreath, working from the outside to the inside of the ring and winding around from front to back. Lift only the part of the wreath that you are wrapping.

Herbal Wreath Step 2Herbal Wreath Step 2

Wrap the entire wreath. Twist the wire ends together. Water thoroughly. Use a strong hook or nail to hang the wreath.

This is an excellent way for people with limited space to grow some herbs and also decorate their living area.

Display the Wreath
Hang the wreath from a hook on the back of a door, over a window, or on the wall. I don’t recommend hanging one on an outside door, as the wind and rain will destroy the wreath.

This herb wreath will last for three to four weeks if you do nothing else to it.  I mist mine a couple times a day to keep it happy and fresh, and I’m always adding something new to it to keep those bare spots filled.

When the herbs on the wreath dry out, pluck them from the wreath and use them in cooking or store for later use.

You can do this as a topiary too!  Get creative!

Source: BGH