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Botanical Eggs

Eggs adorned with the delicate shapes of greenery and herbs announce the arrival of spring. Blown-out eggs work best for this project, but hard-boiled eggs can also be used.




  • Eggs
  • Egg blower
  • Small paintbrush
  • Leaves or herb sprigs
  • Tweezers
  • Nylon stocking
  • String
  • Liquid food coloring
  • White vinegar
  • Bowls
  • Spoon
  • Paper towels


  1. Step 1

    To blow out the contents of an eggshell, make a pinhole in each end of a raw egg -- be sure the pin breaks the yolk -- then gently expel the contents with an egg blower or by blowing on one end with your mouth. Rinse well with water, and let dry.

  2. Step 2


    With a tiny paintbrush, apply egg white to the back of a leaf or sprig; use tweezers to center it on the egg, and press down gently with your fingers.

  3. Step 3


    Cut a nylon stocking into 5-inch tubes. Stretch open one side of a tube, carefully wrapping it over the leaf to hold it in place, then pull remainder around the egg (to the side opposite the leaf). Tie with string.

  4. Step 4


    For dye, mix 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons vinegar, and 1 teaspoon liquid food coloring, depending on the desired color. Holding the string, dunk the egg into the dye; press down with a spoon to immerse it completely. Let the egg sit for 5 minutes, periodically turning and spooning dye over it.

  5. Step 5


    Remove egg from dye, and blot dry with paper towels. Snip the string, and untie nylon to check the color. If the egg isn't dark enough, re-tie nylon, and return to dye. When desired color is reached, remove nylon and carefully peel away the leaf. Blot with paper towels, blow out excess water with egg blower, and place egg leaf side up on paper towels to dry completely.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2000



Reviews (7)

  • NWKelli 18 Mar, 2013

    I love your ideas, I just wish there were more photos, larger photos, maybe step-by-step photos. Please consider adding more photos. Thanks! :)

  • lilyevans0 1 Apr, 2011

    These are great! You could even do some cool marbeling or some other sort of effects on the eggs before peeling away the leaf. And with stencils, you could paint the name of the plant.

  • RebeccaDA 12 Mar, 2011

    I made these eggs severall years ago and still have them to enjoy. It was fun and easy to do. I will probably add some new ones to my collection this year and use egg cups to display them. I have been placing them in a clear glass trifle bowl along with some green easter grass.

  • TinaArm 3 Apr, 2010

    This was fun, but make sure you use soft leaves that will stick to the egg when wet- I used a yellow clover leaf and it came out beautiful, but the more stiff parsley on the stem was a bit sloppy.

  • citypixie 30 Mar, 2010

    I made these eggs a few years ago and the entire family was oohing and ahhing. I can't ever possibly use all of the extra fresh herbs I have, so this was a welcome and creative use for the unused cilantro, rosemary sprigs and dill sitting in my hydrator. I did not blow my eggs out and my results were still very beautiful.

  • roseisarose 19 Feb, 2008

    These decorated eggs are beautiful and inspiring. To attach the flowers or herbs, I use thread wrapped around the egg over and over to hold the flora in place. It gives an antique finish when you boil the egg in onion skins. Then I unwrap the thread and spray with a shellac.

  • cmeike 26 Mar, 2015

    I also have been doing this for years with onion skins. I really like the idea of using egg white to attach the leaves. The suggestion of thread is also nice. I will try both of these ideas this year. Thanks for the ideas!