Eggs and Nostalgia: A Simple Easter DIY

With Easter 6 days away, I thought I would share this simple and classic DIY. There’s something about dying Easter eggs that takes me back. It takes me back to wood tables lined with newspapers, surrounded by cousins, grandparents, and relatives. As I got older I played with the dying process. Sometimes it would mean buying a different kit, adding glitter or crayon resists, or playing with marbling the dye. This year we opted to keep things simple. The best part? We found a few tricks and stacked up in a bowl,  these eggs make an edible incredible centerpiece.

Keep reading for the full DIY after the jump!

1 dozen eggs
1 dozen brown eggs (to achieve the super dark colors, use brown eggs)
Gel food colors
Edible gold paint (find it here)
Paint brush (new or intended for food use only)


Gently place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan. Add enough cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Coer. Bring just to a boil on high heat. Remove from heat. Let stand 12 minutes.

Pour off hot water and rapidly cool eggs by running them under cold water, until completely cooled.

Mix 1/2 C boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops of food color in a cup to achieve desired colors. Repeat for each color. Dip each egg in dye for about 5 minutes. Using a spoon remove eggs and return to carton. Allow eggs to dry.


Use a white crayon or colored pencil to create resists in the dye. We loved playing with the size and scale of polka dots.

To add depth of color we played around with dyeing brown eggs. This highlights the flecks on the eggs and creates some beautiful plum, teal, and navy eggs. I love how it adds a bit of edge and cool vibes to an otherwise pastel table.

Want a touch of gold? Paint eggs with edible gold paint. We did this on a few eggs and love the way they turned out.

Want to break out your inner artist? Add vinegar and drops of food color in a smaller container. Paint whatever you like on your eggs. This mixture will concentrate the color and keep it from running. Dilute with water for more of a watercolor effect.

What are some of your favorite ways to dye eggs? I’d love to hear from you! Leave any comments below.


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