Playing Around with Beautiful Brown Eggs for Easter

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I've been playing around with brown eggs this week!

Having never even considered using brown eggs at Easter, I was more than a little apprehensive last year when I learned that Sophia and Antonio had been dying brown eggs for Easter.

Turns out - brown eggs are beautiful when dyed and tomorrow I will show you Sophia's and Antonio's tricks!

Today, however, I wanted to share some beautiful brown eggs I have been playing around with - revisiting techniques I have used in the past and some great ideas from fellow bloggers.

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The Magic Onions has given us a wonderful tutorial for dying eggs with silk scarves. I don't happen to have a silk scarf in the house but I do have a hank of sari silk yarn and I decided to use that instead.

Because I used the yarn instead of the silk scarf, I made a few adjustments in the process which I am sharing. However, the tutorial for dying with silk belongs to the Magic Onions and you will need to go to the original tutorial to get all the details.

Note: All the eggs used in this post and the one to follow were blown out.

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I followed the instructions except that I wrapped my egg with Sari silk yarn. I found that wetting the egg and the yarn prior to wrapping makes wrapping MUCH easier.

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Using a piece of old muslin, I wrapped the egg tightly and secured it with twine.

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The tutorial suggests using a rock as a weight. I tried a technique I use when softening corn husks - I place a smaller pan of water in the large pot of water and on top of the husks to weigh them down and keep them submerged.

This system seemed to work very well. My egg is actually behind the smaller pan.

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Once the suggested boiling time ended, I removed the egg and unwrapped it. Judging from the pale colors that bled onto the muslin, I didn't have very high hopes.

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So I was pleasantly surprised to find that the colors in the silk yarn had transferred to the egg beautifully.

And what I love is that every egg will be different. And - I dried the silk yarn and it can still be used in a knitted or woven project.

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Three or four years ago, Diane and I took a Pysanky class together. And despite my obvious lack of skill, I have to say - I had a ball! (The egg looks MUCH better at a distance. Funny how that works.

Here is a fantastic tutorial for making Pysanky from That Artist Woman.

I am still very intimidated by the wax application so I haven't tried again, even though I have all the necessary dyes and tools carefully stowed away in my craft cabinet.

Since I am not intimidated by Sharpies, I decided to try to duplicate my little Pysanky using a blown brown egg (background color is already done) and some purple, turquoise and lime Sharpies.

You have got to try this! What fun! No special equipment needed.

If it hadn't been for Meg over at MegaCrafty, I might never have put Sharpies and Pysanky together.  Check out her fabulous Pysanky gourds. Meg is a genius. Wonderful things happen when our brains start marinating all our combined and shared experiences.

And if you need inspiration or want to use authentic designs, you will find bunches of them here!OMG - there are Christmas Pysanky Designs!

Update!  I couldn't resist playing with more "faux Pysanky".  You can find a few tips for drawing designs and using markers here.

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One Pretty Thing recently featured a tutorial on Martha Stewart for applying napkin cut-outs to eggs using Mod Podge.

And it just so happens I have some very pretty butterfly napkins!

Since my egg is brown and the napkin background is blue, I actually cut right at the edges of the design leaving the antennae behind. They were added with a black Sharpie after two coats of Mod Podge were dry and before applying a coat of acrylic spray.

Go to Martha's tutorial for full instructions.

It has occurred to me that the wonderful temporary tattoos available almost anywhere should work beautifully on the eggs and would be great fun for kids. And much less messy.

And check out this tutorial on The Magic Onion. She used transfers and rub-ons to create very similar results.

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It has been at least six or seven years since I played around with applying dried, pressed flowers to eggs using Mod Podge. They have all held up beautifully. (Of course I only used white eggs!)

Pansies and Lobelia seem to hold their color better than the other flowers I used. I still have a supply from the flowers I dried for decorating gourds, so I decided to apply a few to a brown egg.

I think Mod Podge and Pansies have a special thing going because when I place a pale dried Pansy blossom onto a Mod Podge covered surface, it instantly turns back into it's beautiful, vibrant former self! This rarely happens with most other flowers.

Since I was playing with my dried flowers and eggs long before I started Gingerbread Snowflakes, I have never made a tutorial, but guess who has? Yup! The Magic Onions! So if you are interested in a great "how-to" you will find it here.

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Now here is my big fat failure! One of those ideas that pops into my brain when I am awake in the middle of the night! They are not always great! They just sound great at 3:00 AM.

Anyway, I got this idea that since Pansies have saturated colors that hold up well for application to eggs and gourds, maybe - just maybe - if I secured one to the surface of an egg and boiled it, the color and shape would magically be transfered to the egg.

Well some of the color was transfered alright, but there was nothing magical about the results! To me it looks more like a tattoo gone bad.

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And finally for today - my little mosaic egg which was made using a brown egg and bits and pieces of the Kool-aid colored eggs made last Easter. I couldn't bear to toss out the shells - the colors were so pretty - so I saved them and broke them into tiny pieces and with the help of good old Mod Podge, have saved them forever!

 See how Sophia and Antonio dye brown eggs! The results are gorgeous! Intensely colored.

And here are a couple unusual ways to decorate bpiled white eggs!  Make a nest of Dinosaur eggs or or pysanky designed eggs that can be eaten!

Wow Pam. Those eggs look

Wow Pam. Those eggs look amazing. I was hoping to get my hands on some turkey eggs from one of my students, but it will have to wait to next year.

Just delightful. pretty,

Just delightful. pretty, fun, inventive. I love that yarn idea. And I'm off to visit one pretty thing, which I haven't done yet this year. What is happening? I may have to retire early if I'm too lame to do three things at once while employed!

Wow, Pam! You've outdone

Wow, Pam! You've outdone yourself! I want to try them all!

These are fabulous! I

These are fabulous! I especially am intrigued with the use of the yarn, wow, I had no idea you could do that!

Just be sure Dorothy that if

Just be sure Dorothy that if you try this you are using sari silk yarn.  I wouldn't expect that wool or acrylic yarns would do this.  At least i would hope not!

Lots of gorgeous eggs to look

Lots of gorgeous eggs to look at. Thanks for the links to all the different tutorials. My guys have given up dying eggs for Easter. I think this year I might find some paper-mache or wood eggs to play with.

p.s. I finished my stocking and posted a pic on my blog :)

Thanks for the answer Pam!

Thanks for the answer Pam!

You might not be surprised to

You might not be surprised to hear that I like the tattooed egg best. Perfection can be boring! :) We always use brown eggs, the outcome of any decoration just seems more natural, me thinks. Thanks for sharing some wonderful idea!

Fun! I used to dye eggs with

Fun! I used to dye eggs with old silk scarves, I think I'll do silk dying again this year! Thank's for the tip!

They all turned out so

They all turned out so beautiful!!!

Really nice variety of

Really nice variety of techniques. I was instantly drawn to the mosaic one- love that idea! And that brought me back to read your original kool-aid dye project. The colors were gorgeous!!. One question though- in that tutorial you said when the eggs warmed up from the fridge the dye became a bit unstable. So did you have any problems with saving those bits and pieces of shell?

Good question, Meg.  The

Good question, Meg. 

The kool-aid dye seemed to be a problem only during the time the shells are warming to room temperature because they just naturally sweat in the process. The porblem with this is more about the dye staining objects it might be in contact with, not so much about loosing the color completely.  And once the eggs come to room temperature and remain dry, there is no problem.

So there were no problems with the mosaic at all. The pieces were dry and at room temp. and once they were sealed in the Mod Podge and the acrylic spray they are permanent!

I still have a baggie of pieces I have been storing in a craft closet for this entire year and there has been no change.

If you blow out the eggs and keep them at room temperature there should never be a problem.  The sweat problem tends to occur with the boiled eggs going from cold to warm.

Woah, those are so cool! The

Woah, those are so cool! The thought to dye brown eggs has never even entered my brain - what a great idea!

Love that silk yarn too, gorgeous! :)

I never thought of just using

I never thought of just using Sharpies for Pysanky eggs! We are so going to try this!! Thanks! You are always an inspiration to me!

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