Happy Spring to all ?! I am so happy to finally hear a few birds (besides our obnoxious geese) singing in the morning. It’s still quite frigid here in the Midwest, however Spring is ready to burst out of the soil and I’m ready to burst out of my Winter coat. Easter is 1 week away and I know many of you enjoy coloring Easter eggs. If that includes you, I think you may get a kick out of my “Impatien Petal Easter Eggs”. You may even want to try it. I was shocked when I came up with this easy idea on my own 😯 . To be honest, after it worked I went on-line and checked to see if I could find any other articles that did anything like this, and I couldn’t, so how egg-cellent is that?!
Just look at how beautiful these real “Impatien Petal Easter eggs” turned out…
*note: Impatiens are listed as non-toxic flowers, however I use these Easter eggs for decorating purposes only. I do not recommend giving these eggs out for consumption, or putting them where pets can get to them.
The shades of purple, pink, and blue are absolutely stunning. It’s like my indoor impatiens were just waiting to jump on an egg and show off what hues they have been naturally blessed with. I honestly don’t think I have seen a prettier Easter egg. I think they may even match my most recent makeover. Have you seen it yet? If not, CLICK HERE. Then come back…
To top all this beauty off, I did it without using toxic dyes or chemicals. The process is so simple, anyone can easily do this with young children, or I know even the elderly would most certainly enjoy it. Heck, I didn’t even bother getting an Easter basket out to style them in because they are just beautiful all on their own. I especially like how you can see their veins, and stems.
It all started at my kitchen window. You see, I grow impatiens indoors by my kitchen window. If you want to know more about how I do that, you can read all about that here: INDOOR IMPATIENS.
Last Summer, I had an extra plug from my impatiens that I planted in my “Thrift Store Night Stand Flower Planter“. Now they stare at me daily every time I do the dishes, so my mind started to wander into creative egg land one day. To be totally honest, the first time I tried this I used an egg that wasn’t even hard boiled. I just grabbed an egg out of the fridge and tried it. When I realized how pretty the egg turned out I boiled 1/2 dozen eggs and got busy. Even my husband and kiddos were amazed. I haven’t tried this with other petals/flowers yet, but I bet it could work. Please follow the remaining instructions below if you decide to try it.
HOW TO MAKE IMPATIEN PETAL EASTER EGGS
- Dip cool hard boiled egg in distilled white vinegar and don’t wipe off, keep egg wet going into next next step. (FYI-I tried using plain water and it did not work.)
2. Place a real impatien flower upside down on the center of the wet egg’s face. Gently push down the stem, but be careful not to break it off.
3. Dip a paper towel into the vinegar and gently wrap it around the egg being sure not to move the impatien petals. Secure it with a rubber band and let sit for 24 hours.
The next day, all you have to do is unwrap each one like a gift and enjoy how unique each egg turned out. You’ll notice they are most vibrant the first day, and then they slowly turn darker. My pink ones went from purple to dark blue. The cool hues are so intense! You may be worried about the petal drying up and falling off, but mine did not fall off. I suppose you could take this a step further and apply an adhesive after they are completely dry. Spraying with a little cooking spray is another great idea to keep them shiny. Obviously, you should discard these eggs after a few days unless you refrigerate them (*see note).
*note: Impatiens are listed as non-toxic flowers however I use these Easter eggs for decorating purposes only! I do not recommend giving these eggs out for consumption, or putting them where pets can get to them.