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.
Thrift Store Night Stand Impatien Planter
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Oh, how very clever you are. They are so pretty and very unique.
I have decorated eggs in the past where you make tiny hole at each end and blow out the yolk and whites, wash out, let dry and then decorate with paints, etc. That was many, many years ago, even before we all had computers and blog sites to refer to. Yes, I’m older than dirt.
I do like the idea of using real flowers. Wild flowers would even be pretty.
Thanks Julie for the instructions and your clever brain. :}
Mom likes it in NY.
Mom likes it in NewYork.
How beautiful! I wonder if it would be possible to overlap and have three or four flowers on each egg? And I wonder if pansies would work? What an inspiring idea, I can’t wait to try this. Thank you!
I was thinking the same thing! Let me know!
Very unique idea and beautiful. But you have lost me . Are these eggs shelled first or are you putting the flowers on the outer shell?
They are hard boiled eggs with the shell on.
These are beautiful! I was also going to suggest blowing out the insides so you can keep them longer.
supposedly you can get real silk hankies from church sales and wrap eggs in them and boil them .the design on hankie will transfer to egg .never tried it but if i find the reel silk scarf or hankie, i may just try it .
Like this egg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think they will keep as long as you keep the flower protected.
I hard boil eggs and keep them year to year. They are fine in a cook cupboard. I use white and brown store purchased eggs. They make a lovely counter display with tan/cream paper cuts in a large bowl.
Bowl too large, add bunched newspaper under paper cuts. There is no smell UNLESS you break or crack one. I swear! I also have also used RITE dye and kept eggs for years. Lovely in the darker greens, navy, etc.
Now, how to shine these eggs? I think we try spraying egg with CLEAR Krylon spray paint for shine and preserving the face.
PS I bet this would work with pansies also!
Cool idea…I going to try this with pansies since I dont see any Impatiens . Just think how pretty they would look… Sigh! Thanks for your creative mind.?
Let me know how it goes, Lorri!
I love ❤️ how your eggs ? turned out. I saw some plain white eggs at Walmart that come in an egg carton, sold in the area where they sell Easter toys, baskets and Easter bunnies. I wonder if it would work with using them and use pansies and violas which are also Johnny Jump Ups? I’m going to have to go to Walmart and get the decorating eggs and pansies and violas and give it a try. I hope that it works because the eggs would last.
Have fun! I hope it works for you.
Julia, these are absolutely fabulous. I love them. you never fail your readers.
I wonder if the fake white eggs that can be dyed would work. I happen to have some in my pantry so maybe I’ll try.
Julie — Love these eggs! So unique and original! Have you tried with any different colored impatiens besides the pink? How did hey come out?
Mary — please tell us how it works with the Walmart craft eggs. Great idea. I am using those craft eggs and making leopard print eggs; zebra print eggs (marker, glitter glue, gold calligraphy pen); and nail polish (in water eggs). So far the animal print eggs worked great and getting ready to do the nail polish ones (fingers crossed)! I am on a “roll” here and I would like to try this idea. Then wondering since this is a natural plant on a craft egg if you would need to use some sort of spray sealer or something? Interesting … if anyone does this, please post.
Hi Penny, I haven’t tried, but was going to try red roses. I think any vibrant color will work. Tonight I’m trying grape juice, lol! 😉
What a smart idea. My Mum had a small ice-cream parlour chair, which was pretty beat up, so I painted it white and took some pansy decals and put them on the seat. It turned out so pretty.
I wondered if you could use this method with real flowers on wood or plastic?
Happy Easter to you and your family.
I adore ice cream parlor chairs!!! Not sure about other eggs.
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