April 15, 2011


We saved most of the white eggs this month for us to decorate. Here is a sampling of our white canvases, from our Blue Andalusian, Ancona and Polish hens.
Some of the eggs we will blow out for Pysanky. 
Pysanky is the ancient Eastern European art of egg decorating, often called Ukrainian egg decorating. Detailed  directions are here.

Do you know how to blow out an egg? 
There are great directions here. We used this gadget from Hearthsong.

We used our large duck eggs in the past but have no female duck this year. 
First, you make a design on the blown out egg shell 
and use melting wax to cover your design.
You can color the egg first if you choose and then do the wax or leave it white.
The results are beautiful.

 For our hard boiled eggs, we plan to use all natural dyes using:

  •  beets for red, 
  •  tumeric for yellow,
  •  red cabbage for blue, 
  •  frozen blueberries for purple, from the recipes here and here

I especially love the results from the eggs wrapped in onion skins.

Why don't you give it a try! It's fun for ALL ages!

happy day  happy creating!

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Lynn said...

Your eggs are beautiful, you can tell you enjoy decorating them:@)

Phyllis said...

I love your pysanky eggs. I planned to do them this year, but time slipped away. It is on my list for next year!

oldgreymare said...

Gorgeous and you always stay true to your path...


Beth said...

How did you make the pysanky designs so perfectly straight? They're amazing! love, Beth

W-S Wanderings said...

Those eggs are SPECTACULAR! And how satisfying to have Easter eggs from your very own hens. I look forward to attempting that ourselves. Oh, wait, that is not going to work at all because we didn't have the foresight to save the white eggs. Ah well, maybe next year. Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration!

Razmataz said...

They are works of art. I am so impressed with what you have done here. I also love those natural soft and lovely.

marcia said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. can do the pysanky eggs at any's a cool art project...and just put them away until you want to decorate with them or keep them out all the time.

I have a friend who keeps some in a glass cabinet all year round. They last because the egg contents have been blown out. Of course it's another story with the hard boiled eggs hahahaha.

The pysanky can still work with brownish eggs too !

To make the designs on the eggs, you can use ready made patterns, anything around the house to trace, or have an extremely talented and creative daughter who is amazing at lettering and fine detail (and who works st graphic design in Boston!) :)

happy day! happy creating!

Teresa said...

Beautiful eggs!

Tara Mekosh Berggren said...

My mom made these each year while I was growing up. I love them. Your designs are beautiful. I have been wanting to begin the tradition in our family... but may need to wait another year until I have a bit more time. Thank you for sharing!

Mary Ann said...

Those are so very beautiful, and that is one talented child!

Peggy said...

Beautiful eggs!! Nice job!

Valarie said...

Your eggs are gorgeous. You did a great job. This brought back so many memories of when I was a child. I haven't done onion skin egg dying in years. I think I'll have to bring it back.