Ask my family and they will quickly affirm that once I discover something I really like, it’s hard for me to let go. Last year, that something was hibiscus. Hibiscus salts. Hibiscus sun tea. Hibiscus Dyed Drop Cloth. When Easter rolled around, I tried Hibiscus dyed eggs. The result: moody, marbled black eggs. Read on for easy instructions.
Photograph by Nicole McIntosh Bruce.
Above: On my garden table, a vintage silver tray with a pile of blue and green eggs, mixed with black eggs dyed with hibiscus flowers. Easy to make: just drop a handful of hibiscus flowers in boiling water, add your eggs, boil for about 10 or 12 minutes, and leave in water until cool. Hibiscus Flowers are available for 99 cents from Amazon. The flower arrangements are from the gardens at Frog’s Leap Winery; the purple blossom is Western Redbud, a California native available seasonally in a 4-inch pot from Annie’s Annuals. The white pear blossom is Amire Joannet, a French heirloom.
For more Easter egg projects, see DIY: How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dyes and DIY: Hanging Easter Posies.
You can see the eggs in the setting we created for Easter in the Garden with Diane Keaton. For more tips on dying paper with hibiscus flowers, check out the Retro Valentine’s Workshop.
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