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Rotten Eggs And Centipede Centerpiece

The eggs in this centerpiece are tea-dyed for a nasty look.

Source: Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004


  • Utility knife

  • Eggs

  • Paper clip

  • Ear syringe

  • Black tea bags

  • White vinegar

  • Plate

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Fishing lures: Power Bait inshore 8-inch power sandworm fishing bait from Berkley


  1. Hollow out eggs: Use a utility knife to make a small hole at each end. Pierce yolk with a straightened paper clip; use an ear syringe to blow out contents.

  2. In a bowl, mix strong black tea with a splash of white vinegar. Add eggs, and cover with a plate to weigh down. When desired shade is reached, remove shells and blow out tea.

  3. Let dry overnight, then coat in petroleum jelly for a slimy sheen. For centipedes, use fishing lures. Push a straightened paper clip 2 inches into head; clip excess with wire cutters. Bend worms into realistic positions; arrange with eggs.


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