We’ve found a new way to spin simple dyed eggs into an easy Easter centerpiece perfect for your mantel, sideboard, or dining table.
Here’s what you’ll need: hard-boiled eggs (we used about 2 dozen, but use more or less depending on the size of your vessel), food coloring (we used red), boiling water, vinegar, rubber bands, five bowls
Now, check out how easy this is.
Start by creating your darkest dye. Add half a cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and your desired amount of food coloring to a bowl. Add four eggs and let sit for 5 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even color.
This is important: Be sure you hard boil those eggs before dying. We can’t begin to imagine the sadness of an ombre egg centerpiece with an oozing yolk puddled at the bottom. What a downer.
Check your eggs after five minutes. If you want them to get a little darker, keep them in the dye a few extra minutes. Once you’re satisfied with the color remove the eggs with tongs and place on a drying rack.
Mix up your next bowl of dye with half a cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and your desired amount of food coloring. Remember, this is going to be a shade lighter than your first batch, so use a little less food coloring than the first round. Let the eggs sit for 5 minutes. Again, check that your color is the desired hue and remove to the drying rack.
Repeat the steps above two or three more times, each round going a shade lighter with the eggs. For one of your batches, wrap skinny rubber bands around the eggs for a little extra interest. We used this technique on the eggs in the middle of our color palette. The contrast would be too stark on our deepest eggs and barely apparent on our lighter versions.
Grab your vase or container and start piling in your eggs once they’re dry. Start with the lightest eggs and work your way up finishing with the darkest. To cut down on the amount of eggs you’ll need for a larger vessel, place a clear glass tube vase in the middle and add the eggs around it.
Now, if you’re thinking about skipping the vinegar (we’ll admit we tried to skip this step too), don’t! It helps the dye adhere to the eggshell.