Create a pleasing Easter mood at the table by festive table settings
Easter is coming soon, it’s time for painting eggs. Let’s use natural dyes instead of artificial paints available in shops. Several vegetables and fruits contain easy dissolving and intensive pigments.
Add water and the required natural pain in a cooking pot. Boil it for 30 minutes then remove it from the heat. Add salt and 20% vinegar. When it is room-temperature, put boiled eggs in it. It’s practical to choose eggs with white shell, hues will be much clearer. The intensity of the color can be a bit affected by the time the eggs soaking in the coloring water. If they are ready, take them out and let them dry on a grill. The process above has to be done every time a new color is desired.
Since natural dyes are more unpredictable than chemicals, prepare ourselves that we won’t get exactly the expected result. Colors of the eggs in the same dying are not always similar also. Here are some natural dying materials and the effect colors, without limitation:
Spinach, parsley – light green
Coffee – light brown
Peel of onion – light orange
Red cabbage – light blue
Blueberry – blue
Beetroot, peel of red onion – soft pink
Saffron, turmeric, carrot – yellow
Red vine – light purple
Colors achieved this way are less intensive than those by artificial paints to which we might be accustomed. These pastel shades will look good in interiors with almost any style.
Bigger Easter chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and chicks are put in the traditional Easter basket which can be a table centerpiece after „finding” it, independently the fact that some chocolates are already tasted. Smaller chocolate eggs, dragées, candies can be purchased in less decorative bags which can’t be re-closed after opening. These can be decorations also with some creative ideas.
Choose an Easter patterned fabric. Sew a small sack from a simple rectangular piece which mouth can be narrowed with a sewn ribbon. Just like a gym bag. If there is only a plain fabric, for example a bunny can be drawn on it with a marker or textile paint. The candies should be refilled to it from the plastic bag. It will be easier to handle, and the candy content is an additional surprise.
A threaded glass jar is perfect for this purpose. Paint it with a color suitable to the occasion and cover its lid with fabric. It can be decorated with a cotton wool bunny tail glued to it and card board ears glued on the lid.
Let’s make funnels from thicker orange papers – just simply roll them. The longer part on the top should be folded back as a lid. This part should be pinned and strings made of green crepe paper or yarn can be crossed out the hole and knotted. Glue the lid after filling it. A whole carrot-basket can be made of them in which a chocolate bunny can sit.
A simple brown, folded paper bag could be cut in the middle of the opening side to get a curved V-shape. Knot it just under the cut with a nice ribbon after filling it. Glue a cotton wool tail on one side of it. The bunny-shaped sack is ready.
Draw eyes with a marker on a disposable white plastic cup. Two circlets made of fabric could be glued under them and a pink cotton wool glued between the circlets. Whiskers should be drawn with a marker as the addition to the bunny head. Ears made of card board or felt could be fixed to the edge of the cup. After filling it with sweets, close it with a fitting jar lid, upside down.
Ask for help of an interior designer for further ideas.