Dyeing brown chicken eggs (instead of white ones) creates a deep, intense shade of red.
Photography: Anna Williams
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.
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.)
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.
With the glue gun, attach the eggs to the wreath. Let dry before hanging.
1 dozen brown eggs
2 dozen quail eggs
1 paper clip, straightened
Rubber ear syringe (available at drugstores)
Red food coloring
Grape-wood wreath, 20", in Whitewash, $35, decorhaus.ca