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Painted Nesting Eggs and Candle Holder

Treating the nesting eggs with food dye makes it safe to store edibles inside them.



Unpainted nesting eggs, $30 for 7,
Unpainted predrilled wooden goose eggs, from $4.25,
Satin craft paint, in Habanero, and Gloss craft paint, in Marmalade, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $2 for 2 oz.,
Loose-weave cotton ribbon, in Red, $10 for 5 yd., and cotton ribbon, 1/4", in Red, $8 for 5 yd.,


  • Red and yellow liquid food coloring (for nesting eggs)
  • Red and orange craft paint (for candle holder)
  • Paintbrush
  • Wooden nesting eggs and candle holder


  1. Step 1


    Mix equal parts red and yellow food dyes; do the same for the red and orange paints. (Don't worry -- the resulting color won't be orange.)

  2. Step 2


    Using the brush, cover the desired areas of the eggs and holder with the dye and craft paint. Let dry at least 24 hours.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2013