Painted Nesting Eggs and Candle Holder

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

Painted Nesting Eggs and Candle Holder

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2013



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



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