All you need for this festive speckled craft is to raid your pantry.

Updated March 11, 2020
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Chelsea McNamara

Take a cue from delicately dappled quail eggs and sponge-marked spatterware pottery and make simple speckled eggs in a cheerful color palette that's perfect for Easter. There's no need to hand-paint spot by spot—just a few shakes and swirls in a mixture of food dye and everyday pantry items will turn ordinary eggs into display-worthy mottled masterpieces. Add a few coordinating accents for a bright and beautiful table display. For a striking centerpiece that celebrates the season, fill store-bought spatterware and paint-splattered disposable bowls with speckled eggs. Use hard-cooked eggs and food-safe dyes so guests can help themselves.

A shop-your-pantry supply list and a technique so easy it's child's play make these eggs an ideal quick Easter craft. Chances are, everything you need to make these dappled beauties is already in your kitchen: dried grains or legumes, food dye, and eggs. All of the supplies shown here impart particularly impressive speckles—but feel free to test out any small dry spices or grains you have on hand for an even more unique version.

Chelsea McNamara

Materials

  • Paper cups
  • Dried grains, beans, or nuts
  • Liquid food dye (McCormick Assorted Food Color, 1 pack, $3.41 , amazon.com)
  • White vinegar (optional)
  • Hard-cooked eggs, plain or dyed
  • Egg-drying pin board
Chelsea McNamara

How-To

Fill each cup about one-quarter full of grains, beans, or nuts and then add 10 to 15 drops of food dye. Swirl each until dye coats contents; the mixture should be damp but not soaked. If mixture dries, add a drop of vinegar or a little more dye. Next all you have to do is gently shake and swirl the cup to create stunning speckles. Repeat with more eggs and colors and let eggs dry on a pinboard. 

Chelsea McNamara

If you're curating a handmade basket, tuck them in with similarly speckled treats for a unified look. Here, we included our splatter-painted eggs with speckled candy wrappers and sponge-painted sugar cookies for a holiday treat.

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