Boho Easter Eggs

Bright colors with contrasting speckles and uneven stripes, these Easter eggs embody the artsy bohemian spirit.   These, expressive, eggs are also very easy to make, and each egg turns out uniquely and surprisingly different.

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Materials:

  • a dozen Hardboiled Eggs (white egg will produce brighter colors then brown egg, but they are also more fragile)
  • Red, Blue, and Yellow Gel Food Coloring
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • ~2 cups Boiling Water
  • 3 short Glasses
  • 3 Spoons
  • Rubber Bands
  • have Paper Towels on hand for the rapid clean up of spilled or dribbled dye

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Instructions:

  1. Pour 1/3 cup on vinegar into the bottom of each glass.
  2. Distribute the boiling water evenly among the glasses.  You want them filled enough to fully submerge an egg.
  3. Speckling the eggs:
    1. If you want to speckle your eggs, use a thicker gel food coloring that will sink to the bottom of your water glass rather then disperse.
    2. Drop your food coloring into your water glasses. One color into each glass. DO NOT STIR.
    3. Use a spoon (a different spoon for each glass of dye) to gently drop an egg onto the sunken pile of coloring, and allow it to sit there for 15 seconds to a minute depending on how dark you want your speckles.
    4. Use the spoon gently lift the egg out of the water.
    5. Set the egg in an egg carton to dry, and place the next egg into the speckling dye bath.
  4. Once you are done speckling your eggs, stir the egg dyes until the food coloring has been fully incorporated.
  5. Primary color dye:
    1. Use the spoon to gently drop an egg into the dye bath, and allow it to sit there for 15 seconds to a minute depending on how darkly you want your eggs colored.
    2. Use the spoon gently lift the egg out of the water.
    3. Set the egg in an egg carton to dry, and place the next egg into the dye bath.
  6. Secondary color dye:
    1. At this point you should have a selection of blue, yellow, and red/pink speckled eggs.  This is were you can introduce a range of secondary colors (purple, orange, and green) to your eggs.  I carefully held a few of my eggs over the dye baths so that only half of my eggs gained a secondary color, but you can also fully submerge them again.  Just remember that the stripes are still to come, and you do not want to darken your eggs two much before then.
      1. Red + Yellow = Orange
      2. Blue + Yellow = Green
      3. Red + Blue = Purple
  7. Stripes:
    1. Carefully wrap rubber bands around your eggs.
    2. Use the spoon to gently drop the rubber banded egg into the dye bath, and allow it to sit there for 15 seconds to a minute depending on how darkly you want your eggs colored.
    3. Use the spoon gently lift the egg out of the water.
    4. Set the egg in an egg carton to dry, and place the next egg into the dye bath.
    5. Once the egg has dried, remove the rubber bands, and enjoy the uneven striped effect.

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