07 April 2011
Easter gift ideas
Painting Easter Eggs with Natural Paints
GLOB arts and crafts paints are made from fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices with natural food-grade ingredients - like Berry Blue, Pomegranate, Basil Green and Plum Purple. They even smell fresh & fruity!
Art pigments (colors) are commonly made from petrochemicals and ingredients are rarely listed on the packaging. Arts and crafts paints often contain lead, cadmium, and other toxic ingredients like formaldehyde, one of the most common paint preservatives.
Here's a quick recipe for using GLOB paints to colour Easter Eggs.
Mix 1/4 tsp of GLOB powder with a 1/4 tsp of water using a brush. Brush on eggs with a thin layer of paint. Dab off excess with a tissue. Set to dry.
For darker colors apply a second coat. Or, repaint over with a different color to make interesting hues.
Dyeing eggs using fruit, vegetables and spices
Boil eggs in a mixture of fruits, vegetables and spices found around the home to create lovely natural coloured eggs. Adding vinegar to the water produces a deeper colour.
Dyeing eggs red has a special religious significance at Easter. Create red using one of these:
Lots of Red Onions Skins
Canned Cherries with Juice
This About.com website has a great table with ideas on how to create different dye colours like yellow, blue, green and pink with all sorts of natural ingredients. Some ingredients can just be soaked in cold water, but some need to be boiled to bring out the colour.
What are you thinking of for an Easter gift? A little indulgence can go a long way by supporting Fair trade chocolate. Choose from fairtrade, organic, Australian-made and vegan chocolate bars, chocolate eggs and bunnies!
Organic Cotton Maud n Lil Bunny
Velvety soft delicious organic cotton bunnies that are beautifully made from certified organic cotton with a natural filling. They are designed in Australia and hand made in a socially compliance audited factory to the highest quality, health and safety standards.
Book: Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens
Author & Editor
Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores and mother of two. After working in corporate communications and starting a family, she made a choice to be part of the solution to our planet's future and started Biome Eco Stores. Tracey is passionate about educating the community about living eco-friendly and sustainable lives through her extended product, chemical, health and environmental knowledge.