Remember when we talked about the hot ombre wedding trend? Well, flowers and dresses aren’t the only things all about ombre these days. We’re seeing it everywhere- fashion, decor, yes even hair. Which is why I reasoned this year’s Easter eggs should be no different.
Over the weekend I experimented with colors and contraptions to discover an easy method to perfectly ombre eggs. Disclaimer: Ombre eggs take patience and consistency, so if your kids are of the rare breeds that embody these characteristics, I see no reason why they can’t partake in the fun. Otherwise, this project may be one of those “mommy’s creative outlet” things, best reserved for nap time. Which is okay, because these eggs will add such style and fabulousness to your Easter brunch spread, that you’ll be beaming with pride.
The bottom line: It is possible to have the chicest eggs the Easter bunny has ever laid eyes on. Here’s how:
What you will need:
- Cups for mixing your dye (such as liquid measuring cups
- Shallow cups for dyeing the eggs (I used stemless wine glasses. Coffee mugs will also work)
- Bowl of fresh water
- Aluminum foil, cut into large rectangles, one for each color of dye
- Hard boiled eggs
- A piece of foam or cardboard
- Straight pins
- Assemble your drying rack by sticking your board or foam with straight pins. You can place them in a grid, or in circles of 6.
- Mix your colors. I used 1 tablespoon of vinegar for every 1/2 cup of water, per this recipe.
- Loosely cup a sheet of aluminum foil around the larger end of a hardboiled egg, You want the foil to hold the egg in place up right, but still allow the water to flow freely on all sides of the egg.
- Set foil inside the cup and removed the egg.
- Using your baster, add a small amount of dye water to the cup of the foil (between 1 and 2 ounces). Carefully set the egg back inside the foil cup.
- Let the egg soak for 3-5 minutes, depending on the saturation of color desired.
- Continue adding dye water in small increments, timing 1-2 minutes between each addition, until egg is almost completely submerged.
- Remove egg from the dye and place on your drying rack
*For glossy eggs on display, Gently rub with olive or vegetable oil over the shell with a paper towel.
I opted for light aquas, yellows, pinks and purples- a lovely watercolor effect that’s perfect for Spring. You could also try for darker, more vibrant shades, or heck, maybe even go a little nuts and try some color combos. Be sure to let me know how it goes!