Naturally Lazy Easter Eggs

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It’s easy to create eggs-traordinary eggs for Easter, even if you’re lazy. Can’t be bothered to go out and purchase egg dye? Don’t worry; you can easily make dye by using stuff from around your house. C’mon, let the gude times roll!


Step 1 – boil your eggs…



Place your eggs in a pot and cover them with cold water by an inch. Bring the water to a rolling boil over medium-high heat, and then cover the pot with a lid. Remove the covered pot from heat and set it aside for about 8 to 10 minutes to finish cooking the eggs. Drain and let the eggs chill out in some ice water until they’ve cooled down…



Step 2 – gather your dye ingredients…

You can make separate batches of different colors or a large batch of a single color. Follow the ratios below for each ingredient to make more or less dye. It takes approximately 4 cups of dye for a dozen eggs.


1 cup yellow onion skins per 1 cup of water – orange or red eggs



1 cup red onion skins per 1 cup of water – red or maroon eggs

Pro tip – if you’re lazy, it’s easier to save onion peels over time in your freezer than it is to trouble yourself with throwing them away…



1 cup shredded purple cabbage per 1 cup of water – blue or green eggs


 

2 tablespoons turmeric per 1 cup of water – yellow or golden eggs

 


Here’s some more dye fun:

1 bag of hibiscus rooibos tea per 1 cup of water – grey or brown eggs

1 bag of black tea per 1 cup of water – rust or brown eggs

1 cup of shredded beets per 1 cup of water – pink eggs


Step 3 – make the dye…

Add the dye matter and the amount of water you need to a saucepan. Heat it until it gets to a rolling boil, and then turn the heat to low. Let it simmer for 15 to 30 minutes… the longer it simmers, the more intense the color will get.



Once the dye reaches the desired color, let it chill (relax time!) and strain once the dye has cooled. Next, add a tablespoon of vinegar per cup of strained liquid.


Step 4 - dye time…

Place eggs in a jar or cup and pour the dye over the eggs until they are submerged.



Then place the container in the fridge and chill…



Step 5 – finish them…  

Let the eggs relax in the dye soak until the desired color is reached. The longer they snooze, the more intense the color will be. Then carefully remove the eggs and let them dry.



And ta-da!



Step 6 – add a little lazy to your egg…

Print out the Gudetama drink stencil at 50% scale. You can find the drink stencil here. Next, carefully cut out the stencil. Then use the stencil and a marker to draw Gudetama’s face onto the egg…



Meh…


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