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Eco-Friendly Easter Ideas

Eco-Friendly Easter Ideas

Posted: April 20th, 2011

Celebrate Easter sustainably this year by making some simple swaps
If you’re planning on holding a traditional Easter egg hunt, consider these options to make it a bit greener:

  • Re-use old baskets or buckets you have laying around your home.
  • Shred recycled paper (like newspaper or colorful magazines) or hay to use as the ‘grass’ in your baskets.
  • In lieu of commercially packaged candy, look for fair trade chocolates or bake homemade treats like sugar cookies. If you’d rather not include candy, consider filling eggs and baskets with items like toys or coloring books.

Dyeing eggs:

  • You could also skip this tradition altogether or create eggs out of construction paper, papier-mâché or knit them.
  • Use organic or free range eggs
  • Dye eggs naturally with items like grape juice, spinach leaves, blueberries, carrots, etc.
  • You will need to soak the eggs in the liquid for awhile to get a good color. If you want patterned eggs, draw on the eggs before soaking in dye with crayons or wax. You can also wrap rubber bands around the areas of the egg you want to remain color free.

To dye:

1. Take a handful of the dye material (i.e. blueberries) and put them in a pan. Fill the pan with water so that the water level is one inch above your material. Heat the water to boiling and then simmer for 15 minutes to an hour depending on how dark of a color you want. Keep in mind the eggs won’t get as dark as your dye. Once you have reached the desired color, take the pan off of the heat and pour the dye into bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar for every cup of dye you made.
2. Now place your eggs into the warm dye and leave them there until you like the color – this could take several hours.
3. Once you are satisfied with the color of your eggs, remove them and place them back in their carton to dry.
Decorating eggs:

  • Cut out eggs, bunnies and grass from junk mail or old newspapers/magazines to create decorations.
  • Bring the outside in:
    • Gather up a bouquet of spring flowers from the yard
    • Make a wreath out of small painted branches or straw
  • Place decorated eggs in bowls filled with straw for centerpieces
  • Involve the kids:
    • Have them color in Easter drawings and hang them around the house.
    • Make a garland from colorful scrap paper
    • Create handmade Easter Cards