This weekend, I went all out on Easter. Lots of egg decorating.
Starting with a super simple project that mimics the look of natural egg dying with store bought dye. I love the accessibility of those inexpensive ($2 or $3) egg kits you can buy at the grocery store this time of year. But I’m not a huge fan of the super bright, bold colors, for the most part. A little too kiddish for me, I guess.
So, I came up with a way to use those store kits in a way that feels a little more grown up, color wise, with one simple change. Use brown eggs instead of white. Pretty simple, right?
To get more subtle looking eggs colors like these, all you need are 1 dozen brown eggs, one standard dyeing kit like this, and some vinegar. I just followed the directions on the packaging (let the tablet dissolve in 1 tablespoon of vinegar, then add 1/2 cup of room temperature water, before dipping eggs). The longer you leave the eggs in, the deeper the color will get. Blue was my favorite, but the dye will work with other colors on brown eggs as well.
The lightest eggs in the photos, were only in the dye bath for 30-60 seconds. The more vibrant eggs were in a bit longer than that. And the deep colored eggs were in for 3-5 minutes.
I love all of the imperfections that come through with this technique. The dye tends to be a little less even, the dots on the eggs show through, etc. Which I actually prefer over completely perfect looking eggs. What about you?
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Are you doing any egg dyeing this year? What do you think of these as an option?