Spring-time is finally here, and it feels like we’ve thawed out! What does Spring mean to you? To us, it means flowers, fruits, pastel colors, and soaking up as much sun as we can before it gets too hot!
We’ve thought up three of our favorite DIY crafts that represent Spring to us, as a way to welcome the new season. Today, we’re going to color some eggs with natural dye, instead of food coloring or chemicals, we’re going to grow some tulips in a jar, and make our own delicious Spring-time dessert bar!
How to Make Natural Dye for Coloring Eggs
Coloring eggs is a really fun Spring-time activity that kids love, but maybe for one reason or another, you just don’t want to use store-bought food dye. Lucky for you, Jar Store has an easy DIY for everything! It’s super easy to make natural food dye from fruits and vegetables, and we’re going to tell you how.
What Color Are You Looking For? Natural Ingredients for Different Colors
If you’ve ever spilled food on your favorite white shirt and been left with a colorful and splotchy stain, you won’t be surprised to learn that you can create your own natural dyes from foods. That’s essentially what dye does, it stains, but we’ll be staining intentionally.
But how can you harness the power of stains to get the color that you want? Use our handy guide below!
- Blue Egg Dye – 1:1 Ratio of Purple Cabbage to Water
- Red/Lavender Egg Dye – 1:1 Ratio of Red Onion Skins to Water
- Orange Egg Dye – 1:1 Ratio of Yellow Onion Skins to Water
- Pink Egg Dye – 1:1 Ratio of Shredded Beets to Water
- Yellow Egg Dye – 2 Tbsp of Turmeric per Cup of Water
Add a tablespoon of white vinegar to every cup of dye, plan on four cups of dye per dozen eggs
The best part about these egg dyes is that they’re all made of stuff that you already eat! They’re vegan, all-natural, and easy to make yourself!
How to Make Your Dye and Color Your Eggs
- Pour water into a pot. If you’re planning on dying one dozen eggs, then you’ll need four cups of water. Eight cups for two dozen, and so on.
- Add your ingredients. If you’re making blue dye, this is when you’ll add in your purple cabbage, or red onion for red dye.
- Bring the water to a boil. Let your water come up to a boil with your ingredients in it.
- Turn the heat down and cover. Once the water starts boiling, turn the heat down to low and cover the pot.
- Let it simmer. Let the water simmer on low for 20-30 minutes. The longer it simmers, the deeper and more saturated your color will be.
- Let it cool. Once the dye in the pot is a few shades darker than you’d like your eggs to be, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool down to room temperature.
- Strain it out. To remove all of the debris from your ingredients, strain it through a fine mesh as best as you can.
- Add your vinegar. For every cup of water that you used, add one tablespoon of vinegar and stir it in.
- Place your eggs into a mason jar, like this one. You want your eggs to have plenty of breathing room on top, we’ll essentially be pickling them in the dye.
- Pour the dye over the eggs. You want the eggs to be completely covered by the dye. Depending on the amount of eggs you’re dying, you may need more than one jar.
- Place the jar in the fridge. Let the eggs chill in the fridge until they reach the color that you’re looking for.
- Dry the eggs. Take them out of the jar and carefully pat dry, and then apply a small amount of a neutral oil (Like vegetable oil) to them with a paper towel.
Now you’ve got colored eggs that didn’t require any food coloring or non-natural ingredients! Natural food coloring is easy to make, and hopefully you’ll pass this on to your friends, and use this neat experiment every year! It has a few extra steps when compared to just using drops of food coloring in water, but it can be a fun science project to do with your kids, so try it out and let us know how it goes.
How to Grow Tulips Indoors in a Jar
Another fun science project is growing tulips in a jar! When you grow flowers in a pot, you can’t see the roots growing, and you need soil to make it happen. With a glass jar, you can grow your beautiful and fragrant flowers in just water, and watch the whole process through the clear glass! The best part? It’s super easy!
Growing Your Tulips
- Chill your tulip bulbs. This part can take a while, you’ll need to leave your tulip bulbs in a paper bag for about 12-16 weeks, chilling in the refrigerator.
- Line the bottom of your jar with your choice of material. You can use gravel, small rocks, or even glass beads to line the bottom of your jar. Just fill the rocks/beads up 2 inches, so the roots have somewhere to grow.
- Place the tulip bulb on top of the rocks with the pointed area facing up. The rocks should hold the bulb out of the water, while allowing the roots to permeate.
- Fill up your glass with water until it’s about 1 inch below the bulb.
- Store in a cool and dark location for 3 to 7 weeks. While the tulip is in storage, you should change out the water about once a week, and keep an eye out for any roots or sprouting.
There you go! That’s gotta be the easiest indoor gardening experiment ever. Once you see sprouts, you can move your tulip into the sun, on your favorite windowsill. Continue changing the water weekly, and soon you will see leaves and stems start to form. Our favorite part about this experiment is that you get to watch the rooting process through the clear glass jar, so pick out a pretty jar or vase.
Easy Spring-Time Mason Jar Dessert Bar
If you’re having family or friends over to celebrate Easter this season, or if you’re just having a celebratory “Winter’s Over!” party, you’ll look like a real gracious and considerate host if you have delicious and decadent desserts laid out for all of your guests! What better way to serve desserts than through a self-serve mason jar dessert bar? The only hard part is the preparation, but we’ve got you covered with an easy solution!
- Bake a tray or two of your favorite chocolate brownies. Set them off to the side to cool down to room temperature.
- Gather up at least one small mason jar for each guest that you plan on having. (Make a couple extra in case of plus one’s!)
- Press the mason jars into the brownie, like a cookie cutter, to cut portions of the brownie into the jars. Your aim is to create a delicious brownie base-layer for each of the mason jars.
- Carefully press the brownie into the bottom of the jar. Be careful not to break or compact it too much.
- Add a layer of chocolate pudding.
- Add in a layer of whipped cream
- Add in a layer of strawberries
- Add in one final layer of whipped cream
- Top with two or three chocolate eggs
There is your easy to make and even easier to serve Easter dessert! You can make one or more of these for each guest that you plan on having, and you can keep them chilled until everyone’s ready to eat them. After dinner is served, lay out your mason jar creations on the table and allow everyone to help themselves, they’ll be impressed and delighted by your creativity!
Thanks for Reading!
Those are our three easy Spring-time/Easter crafts! Are you going to follow along for yourself, or will you be sending this along to a friend? Either way, we’d love to see the results!
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