dying eggs

dying eggs _ Kate Uhry Photography

I love dying eggs. I know it’s a bit early, but Ive got spring on the brain. It’s always been a bit of a family ritual. At one point my mother was an art teacher, she also is very creative. So we always tried different techniques, and rarely (if ever) had a kit to dye when we were young. Sometimes we would first blow the eggs (so you can preserve them) and marbleize them, and sometimes we would cover them in tissue paper and glue. She had a million techniques. But my favorite, is always the very simple light colored ones that you can produce nicely with farm fresh eggs of different colors to begin with. Brown has a million variations, already, from light to dark. The blue eggs produced by the Arucana chicken are already lovely in their own right, but you could play around with them, to make lighter or darker.

Here’s what you need:

One dozen (or more) hardboiled eggs. Different variations are great, and if you are lucky enough to buy straight from the farmer or farmers market buy a variety of colors if you can.

Distilled white vinegar

plastic solo cups or old mason jars

A few large spoons

food coloring

How to make:

If you chose just one color such as blue, you can mix the colors at different strengths depending on the results you want, add more or less food coloring. Spread out newspaper to cover the table your working on. Fill 1/2 cup of water to 1 tablespoon vinegar. Add as many drops to each cup to your liking. You can play around with how long you leave them each in. They don’t have to be perfect. The ones you leave in the longest with obviously be the darker ones. If you are looking for pastel, just leave in a short amount of time and wipe off with paper towel if you want to have a marbleized look. Let them dry properly and store in fridge till you are ready to decorate with them, or if you have chosen to blow the eggs, you can leave them out forever and recycle for the following  year. Check out this video on how to blow an egg. These will be really fragile, so work gingerly with them.