I know I said I’m dyeing my eggs naturally this year, but that was before I had this idea. My favorite idea. I’ve made Easter eggs inspired by Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel! There are three different designs here, which you can mix and match, and I think together they make a great combination. Pink and purple may be a little old school, but in the case of Easter eggs, it totally works. I’m very pleased with how these turned out, and I think you will be, too. So, shall we?
What you need:
- egg dye in purple and pink
- hot water
- thin blue ribbon
- golden letter stickers
- cyclamen pen
Start by hard-boiling as many eggs as you want. In the meantime, bring more water to a boil and mix it with the egg dye and vinegar in disposable containers, following the instructions on the dye package.
Mendl’s Easter Eggs
Inspired by Mendl’s confectionery boxes, these eggs take the most steps to make, but they’re still easy, I promise. Start by placing each egg in the pink dye for a few moments, to get a pale pink shade. 1-2 minutes should do. Dry on a paper towel.
Write “Mendl’s” in capital letters on an egg, using your cyclamen/purple/red pen. Then draw some symmetrical random lines underneath and above, roughly replicating the original logo.
Cut a piece of ribbon that’s more than twice as long as the egg. Put a drop of glue on the bottom of the egg and stick the middle of the ribbon to it. When it’s dry, add another drop of glue on the top of the egg and tie the ribbon in a pretty bow. It’s easiest to have an egg cup or a person holding the egg while you tie the bow.
Pink Ombre Eggs
These eggs are inspired by the Grand Budapest Hotel itself, with its two-toned pink facade. As you can imagine, they’re really easy to make! Start by dipping the egg in pink paint only halfway through. Hold it there for a minute or two, until you get a good pink shade. Remove from the dye. Repeat these steps for as many eggs as you want to use. Then add a little more hot water to your container and submerge the egg entirely. Take it out of the dye as soon as the top is slightly pink, and dry on a paper towel.
Lobby Boy Easter eggs
You know Zero’s lobby boy hat? This is what we’re trying to recreate here, and it’s really easy, too. Submerge your egg in purple dye until it reaches the desired shade. Dry on a paper towel and let cool for a few moments. Then simply stick letters reading “lobby boy” on it. Finished!
P.S. How about these Wes Anderson-inspired free printable popcorn bags?
This year I decided to opt for natural dyes on my Easter eggs. And there are many good reasons to do that, too! First of all, it’s natural, so you don’t have to worry about ingesting any chemicals by chance. Secondly, it’s cheap: you use parts of the plant you would normally throw out (pits, leaves etc.). And above all, dyeing naturally is fun. The colors are nice and tame, and you never know for sure what you’re gonna get. I’ve tried a few things and not all of them had great results. Avocado pits, for example, were supposed to create a beautiful shade of pink, but they didn’t create any color at all. In a similar way, blueberries didn’t make the dark blue I was expecting, but an ugly gray not even worth mentioning. However, I got a nice gradient of colors from a couple of plants:
What you need:
- hard-boiled eggs (white)
- stainless steel pot
- white onion leaves for orange dye
- curry powder for yellow dye
- white vinegar
- containers for dyeing
- (optional) cooking oil for polish
For the orange dye, the proportion is one handful of onion leaves to one cup of water and 1 tsp vinegar. Bring to a boil in a covered stainless steel pot, then allow to simmer for a little bit. The water should be brown-orange in color. Strain the leaves. Place your hard boiled eggs in one or more containers and pour the dye over them. The color will start adhering very quickly, and it will become more intense in time. The darkest of my eggs was dyed for 24 hours while the lightest for 1 hour. When the dye cools, you can move the container with the eggs to the fridge, do the eggs don’t spoil if you decide to leave them for longer.
For the yellow dye, you would normally use turmeric powder. Since I didn’t have that in the house, I decided to use curry, which also contains turmeric – and it worked just fine. The proportion here is 1 tbsp curry powder to 1 cup water and 1 tbsp vinegar. Again, bring to a boil in a stainless steel pot and simmer a little before pouring over the hard boiled eggs. If the dye doesn’t cover them completely, don’t worry – you can move the eggs around with a spoon, which will create rather pleasant lines and designs. Straining curry powder can be a little difficult so I skipped this step, which resulted in the color adhering differently, and cute little speckles on the egg. Again, you can leave the eggs in the dye anywhere between an hour and a day, making sure to transfer them to the fridge after the dye is cooled.
You can polish your eggs with a little cooking oil and a paper towel, but I left mine matte. That’s it! Do you think you’ll dive into natural egg dyeing this Easter?
If easy Christmas crafts are your jam, then welcome to your jam! Since festive drinks aren’t really traditional in my area (no eggnog here!), I’ve been thinking of ways to make regular drinks more festive. That’s how I came up with these drink stirrers, super easy to put together with just some small branches that you can probably find close to where you live, and very basic crafting supplies. You can even go a little crazy and spray paint the branches gold (with matching baker’s twine), but I preferred to keep a natural, more traditional look. Here we go:
What you need:
Start by cutting the skewers to size. This can depend on the glasses you use most often, as well as your personal preference. Then cut the branches into smaller pieces.
Insert the branch into the opening you just cut.
Cover the entire area with baker’s twine (or whatever yarn/thread you have on hand) and knot the ends together. Cut off excess thread and you have a drink stirrer.
Repeat the steps to get as many drink stirrers as you like! You can also use these as cake or cupcake toppers and even to decorate gifts.
One month left until Christmas! That makes it the perfect moment to start baking your advent calendar. Wait, what? Baking it? Yes. Get the butter and sugar working on the sweetest countdown to Christmas. I think it makes sense, it looks simple and pretty, and it’s a real treat. Here is what you need to make your own:
You will need:
- biscuit recipe (see below)
- numbers cookie cutters
- thread and needle
- tree branch
Number shaped biscuits recipe
- 80 g unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla essence
- 1 1/2 cup flour
Begin by mixing the butter and sugar together. If you don’t have a mixer, you can do it by hand. When you get a creamy composition, add the egg and vanilla and continue to mix. Slowly add in the flour, mixing continuously. Add a pinch of salt and refrigerate the dough for a few minutes.
Preheat the oven at 180°C. Roll the dough to about 5 mm thick and cut out the number shapes. For the advent calendar, you need the numbers from 1 to 24. Pierce each number with a toothpick at the top for hanging. Bake for about 10 minutes or until slightly golden. They’re done faster than you might think!
Start by making the number-shaped biscuits. You can use whatever recipe you like, as long as it doesn’t involve the dough growing (that would ruin the letter shapes). Don’t make the dough too thin. Cut out the numbers from 1 to 24. Pierce each number with a toothpick at the top, so you can hang them later.
When the biscuits are done and cooled off, use a needle to thread each one. For the double digits, use a single thread for both numbers.
Find a pretty tree branch and hang it to the wall with string. Tie each number to the branch, in the proper order. Adorn with lights or fir branches and you’re done!
I think we can agree spooning is one of the nicest and most intimate things a couple can do. So when the folks from BuzzFeed asked me to do a Valentine’s Day card, I decided spooning was the way to go. Also, puns were in order, cause they seem to never be out of style. This is how the easy spoon Valentine was born and btw, check out the whole post on BuzzFeed, cause there are 39 other cool ideas you can try.
What you need:
Start by painting the front of your spoon with a coat of nail polish. Once that’s completely dry, apply another coat and let that one dry too.
In the meantime, print out your favorite template (each one makes two cards). Fold it in half. Glue the spoon in place and you’re done! Fill out the card with even more sweet messages for your loved one.