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Two-Tone Easter Eggs

Spring has indeed, sprung! Celebrate Easter — and the end of a long winter — with this easy, exuberant idea that is sure to delight your rabbits both big and small.

painted egg centerpiece

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2018

Introduction

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Go ahead and put all your eggs in one basket. These shaded shells resemble a spring sunrise when together. Take a combination of brown and white eggs, and dye half of them in faint lavender or bronze; then spray contrasting colors on all of the tops. Set them in a large oval basket made of pussy willow branches, and nestle in a gleaming focal point — a single "golden egg" — for good luck. 

 

(Also pictured: Neue Galerie Alpha tumblers, $64 each, shop.neuegalerie.org. Marie Daâge Horizon plates, from $134 each, mariedaage.com. Hawkins NY Simple flatware sets, $75 each; and Simple linen napkins, in Mustard, $18 each, hawkinsnewyork.com.)

 

For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of Easter Eggs.

materials

  • 5 dozen brown and white eggs

  • Liquid egg dye in purple and metallic colors (Pictured: BestPysanky Traditional egg dye, in Bronze and Orchid, $1.25 each, bestpysanky.com)

  • Spray paint in cream, purple, and metallic colors (Pictured: Montana Gold spray paint, in Shock White Cream and White Lilac, $7.75 each, dickblick.com and Krylon Metallic spray paint, in Gold Foil, $13.50, amazon.com)

steps

  1. Set aside half of eggs. Dissolve dyes in hot water according to package directions. Divide remaining eggs roughly evenly among dye baths; submerge 2 minutes. Transfer to paper towels and let dry.

  2. Meanwhile, set 1 reserved undyed egg in carton and carefully spray-paint top from directly overhead in a contrasting color. Transfer spray-painted egg to a clean carton to dry. Repeat with remaining undyed and dyed eggs, except for one undyed egg.

  3. Optional: Spray paint reserved egg gold; let dry.

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