Ostara with a Kitchen Witch: Cabbage Dyed Ostara Eggs

Every year, I try to do something inspired and kitchen witchy for this most decidedly food-friendly holiday.

Perhaps you’ve noticed the concept of naturally dyed Easter eggs floating around Pinterest the last few years.

I thought this made for a perfect Ostara activity.

I tried tumeric, spinach and cabbage.

Spinach was a dud.  I boiled and boiled, but the dye wasn’t strong enough.

Tumeric worked okay, but it stained everything!  I can see why they use this in India to dye cloth!

But the humble cabbage, at 79 cents, proved to be both the cheapest and most effective option.

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The idea is pretty basic.  Start with a base for extraction.  In this case, we have our head of red cabbage.

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Shred it and place it in a pot with a 1 to 1 ratio of water.  I did 4 cups shredded cabbage with 4 cups of water.

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Meanwhile, make your hard boiled eggs.  Some recipes call for boiling the eggs with the dye, but I like my eggs cooked a certain way, so I did them separately.   (Place eggs in pot with cold water, bring to boil, turn off heat, let them sit for 10 minutes in a covered pot, then rinse with cold water—perfect every time!)

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Once your dye is done, allow it to cool and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar per cup of liquid dye.

Then submerge the eggs in the dye for 24-28 hours in the refrigerator.

But before you do that, there are some creative options that I didn’t try.  The internet rumor is that if you write or draw on the eggs with crayon, it won’t dye there.  You can imagine all the possibilities for spell work there!

I wanted to keep my eggs as natural as possible, so I skipped this, but I might try using beeswax in the future for a similar effect.

I really loved the way the dye turned out.  It felt so earthy and wholesome.  I see myself using this for a lot of things, maybe even cloth.

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And there you have it!  Charming, naturally dyed eggs for your Ostara ritual.  Use them on the altar as an offering, or for your Ostara meal as a beautiful table decoration.

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With eggs on sale at my market for 28 cents a dozen, my total cost for this project was a mere $1.08.

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Ostara Celebration Ideas: Eggshell Candles and Offering Nests

During the Ostara season, I always end up with an abundance of eggshells, so I wanted to try doing something with them besides tossing them in the garden for fertilizer.

This is a great project to do with crafty older children and teens.

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You can vary this project any way you want to.  You might chose to leave the shell natural—it can look lovely that way.  Or you chose another method of decorating.  Because this project doesn’t need to be food-safe, you can use all kinds of methods to decorate the shell, so be creative.  Spray adhesive plus glitter, spray paint or natural dying are all nice choices, but I decided on acrylic paint in this grape color that I just love.  I didn’t really want it to be a perfect, solid coat, so I let some of the natural coloring show through.

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We’re going to make some single-serving candles that burn just long enough for an Ostara ritual.  I saw a method like this using seashells, so I decided to give a try with eggs.

First, I lined a frying pan with foil.  Maybe I’m paranoid, but you never know what kind of coating is on those tea candles, or how it reacts to heat, so I like to put a barrier between anything that isn’t food safe and my cooking stuff.

Then I turned the stove on medium-low and waited for the wax to melt.

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This probably goes without saying, but the candles are HOT so use pliers or clamps to remove the wicks and place them in the eggshells.

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It’s optional, but if you want, now is a nice time to add some essential oils.  Because the wax level is so low, even a few drops will cast a high scent throw.  Personally, I like calming florals like roman chamomile for Ostara.

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Once your finished, what you do with them is up to you!  You can use them in a centerpiece, in your Ostara ritual, or do what I did, and include them in these little offering nests.

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For more ideas, check out my Ostara section.

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