Shibori Easter eggs are a beautiful twist on classic dyed Easter Eggs. Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Shibori, these eggs are sure to please!
Two years ago (or was it a thousand? It’s hard to tell these days) Handan roped me into writing my first Easter post. I’d managed to avoid the topic for the previous three years. Easter is just not my bag of bananas. I mean, look, not to be all complainy about it, but what exactly are we celebrating? I’m well-versed in religion, so I know the holiday is first-and-foremost about Jesus – his death and resurrection.
Okay, got it, good.
So why the magical rabbit? Huh? Where’d he come from? And why does he give out hollow chocolate effigies of himself? That’s a little weird isn’t it?
And what’s with all the pastel colors? Who on frog’s green earth gave the go-ahead to that? I suppose if you like pastel, then it’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
But what if (like me) you detest pastels? What if those milquetoast colors of early spring put your nerves on edge and prime the bile pump in your belly?
Stepping out in public is a riotous assault on the senses! It’s physically distressing, madam!
Where’s my Easter safe space? I demand a refuge from the horrid pastels that offend my eyeballs and churn my stomach!
But do I get one?
What do I get instead?
More Easter projects from my babes.
Nothing like a concerned and caring wife, amirite?
Anyway, we were about to launch into the obligatory Easter post of 2021 (which has become the obligatory Easter post of 2022) when Handan (whose memory runs circles around Old Oatmeal over here) remembered that back in 2019 when we shared our watercolor tattoo Easter eggs with you, we had planned to make more Easter eggs in a totally different style. Our plan was to publish that shibori Easter egg post the very next week.
But then life got in the way, and we ran out of time before Easter, so we decided we’d hold the post until 2020.
Well, you know what happened last year! Something about pandemic and Really Big move…
When Easter rolled into town last year (along with that smiling bunny), my babes was a thousand miles away in Georgia, and I was toiling away trying to pack up our old house before closing. Easter (in general) and Easter blog posts (in particular) were quite literally the farthest thing from my mind!
So far, in fact, that when this pastel season crept in like a flower-munching rabbit in the night, I had forgotten all about our plans for shibori Easter eggs. There wasn’t a shred of it left to rattle around the Great Meatball between my ears. It was like it never existed – until my babes reminded me this past weekend.
We’re trying something a little new for this post. Though there are some pics of the completed shibori Easter eggs here, there are no process pics. Instead, that’s all in the video. We actually tried a lot of different ways of coloring eggs, and we didn’t necessarily film or photograph every aspect. Most turned out meh. The shibori Easter eggs turned out great though. In one part of the video, you’ll catch a glimpse of some of the “marbled” eggs we made. Like I said – meh.
So without further ado, let’s have a look at how to make shibori Easter eggs. They’re easy. They’re fun. And they’re entirely not pastel! (Thought I did achieve a light blue on some that you may want to accuse me of being pastel, but I assure you it is not!)
DIY Shibori Easter Eggs
- Hard boiled eggs
- Distilled vinegar
- Navy blue food coloring
- Mineral oil (buy this at Walgreens or CVS – it is too expensive on Amazon)
- Whisk or fork
- White coffee filters (those organic tan ones probably work too – we didn’t try)
- Small rubber bands
- Plastic pipette
- Drying rack
Shibori Easter Egg Video Tutorial
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