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Rotten Eggs And Centipede Centerpiece

The eggs in this centerpiece are tea-dyed for a nasty look.


  • Utility knife
  • Eggs
  • Paper clip
  • Ear syringe
  • Black tea bags
  • White vinegar
  • Plate
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Fishing lures: Power Bait inshore 8-inch power sandworm fishing bait from Berkley


  1. Step 1


    Hollow out eggs: Use a utility knife to make a small hole at each end. Pierce yolk with a straightened paper clip; use an ear syringe to blow out contents.

  2. Step 2

    In a bowl, mix strong black tea with a splash of white vinegar. Add eggs, and cover with a plate to weigh down. When desired shade is reached, remove shells and blow out tea.

  3. Step 3


    Let dry overnight, then coat in petroleum jelly for a slimy sheen. For centipedes, use fishing lures. Push a straightened paper clip 2 inches into head; clip excess with wire cutters. Bend worms into realistic positions; arrange with eggs. 

Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

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