Take traditional Easter egg dyeing up a notch by transforming the eggs into elegant and beautiful metallic robin’s eggs using natural, homemade dye made from red cabbage. Made with 100 percent edible ingredients, these hand-painted eggs are beautiful to display and also completely safe to eat.
DIY robin’s egg Easter eggs
- Hard-boiled eggs
- White vinegar
- Red cabbage
- Chocolate spread, for the chocolate-speckled eggs
- Edible metallic paint, for the metallic-speckled eggs
1. Gather the supplies
In addition to the ingredients listed above, you will need a few small bowls, some water and a small paintbrush.
2. Create the dye
Toss the chopped cabbage into a large pot, and cover the cabbage with 6 cups of water. Boil the cabbage on the stove for 1 hour, until the water has turned a deep shade of purple.
3. Soak the eggs
Use a slotted spoon to scoop the cabbage out of the pot, leaving just the dyed water behind, then add 1/4 cup of vinegar to the water. While the water is still hot, carefully transfer it to a few small bowls. You can also use 1 large bowl; you will just want to make sure the eggs are in a single layer in each bowl.
4. Dry the eggs
Soak the eggs for at least 1 hour. This natural dyeing method produces a beautiful range of blue tones depending on the egg itself and also how long the egg soaks in the dye. Once you are happy with the color of the eggs, remove them from the dye, and set them on a wire rack to dry. You’ll notice the color begin to darken slightly as the eggs dry.
5. Add chocolate specks
Once the eggs have dried, heat up some chocolate spread in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, then add a couple of teaspoons of water to thin it out. Dip a paintbrush into the chocolate, then tap the brush to make specks of chocolate on the egg. Let the chocolate specks harden before flipping the eggs over to put specks on the other side.
6. Add metallic specks
If you’d like to give your eggs a little more shine, you can add specks by using edible metallic paint instead of chocolate. In lieu of step 5, simply dip your paintbrush into the metallic paint, then tap the brush to add metallic specks to the eggs.
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