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Dyed and Speckled Easter Eggs


These decorated robins' eggs look just like the real thing. To complete the display, try your hand at our Crepe-Paper Bird and Grapevine Nest projects.


  • Flathead pins
  • Foam board
  • Heatproof jar
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Eggs, hard-boiled or blown out
  • Tongs or slotted spoon
  • Felt
  • Small cardboard box


  1. Step 1


    Stick flathead pins into a foam board to create a drying rack. In a heatproof jar, mix 1 tablespoon vinegar, about 5 drops of food coloring, and 1 cup hot water. Place eggs in dye for 1 to 5 minutes, depending on desired color intensity. Transfer eggs to rack using tongs or spoon; let dry about 30 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Put a piece of felt into a cardboard box. Dip a stiff-bristle paintbrush in watered-down acrylic paint; spatter over felt. To transfer, gently press egg against paint; let dry. Repeat to add more speckles.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2008