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Dyeing brown chicken eggs (instead of white ones) creates a deep, intense shade of red.





Grape-wood wreath, 20", in Whitewash, $35,


  • 1 dozen brown eggs
  • 2 dozen quail eggs
  • Craft knife
  • 1 paper clip, straightened
  • Rubber ear syringe (available at drugstores)
  • Heatproof bowl
  • White vinegar
  • Red food coloring
  • Olive oil
  • Grape-wood wreath
  • Hot-glue gun


  1. Step 1

    Empty the raw eggs: Pierce the top and bottom of each with the craft knife, turning the knife in one hole to widen it slightly. Poke the paper clip through one hole; stir to break up the yolk. Hold the egg over a bowl, with the larger hole facing down, and blow the contents out with the syringe.

  2. Step 2

    In the heatproof bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with 20 drops of food coloring for every cup of hot tap water. Submerge the egg for at least 10 minutes. (To dye many eggs at once, put them in the bowl and weigh them down by nesting an empty bowl inside of the heatproof one.)

  3. Step 3

    Remove the eggs from the dye; let dry on a drying rack. Pour a little olive oil onto a paper towel and rub the eggs to create a slight sheen.

  4. Step 4

    With the glue gun, attach the eggs to the wreath. Let dry before hanging.




Reviews (1)

  • gardngoyle 31 Mar, 2013

    Well, I blew out the eggs and even washed them afterwards and they smell terrible. So instead of making a wreath I decided to color them the deep red and put them in an apothecary jar with a lid. So I carefully followed the dye recipe and instruction and they have been submerged for 15 minutes now and they are not deep red. They are a deep pink. Very dissapointing experience all around. I guess if I want deep red eggs I will have to paint them.