Brown Eggs = Intensely Colorful Marbled Easter Eggs


I love the deep intense colors of these eggs. Only possible with brown eggs!

Last Easter when we arrived for Easter dinner with Sophia and Antonio, there was a large basket on the dining table filled with beautiful eggs like these.

As I told you, I was a bit apprehensive about how the eggs were going to appear when Lisa told me she had used brown eggs. I will never forget how gorgeous that basket of dyed brown eggs looked.

And of course, because I was only there to relax and enjoy the family, I didn't take my camera. So you are going to have to imagine what 24 of these piled in a basket would look like.

I made up my mind right there and then to make my own intensely colored brown eggs this year! But mine - would be blown out so I could keep them!

I plan on making more as I am in the mood to blow out more eggs. Don't particularly like that part. The lovely thing about the process I am sharing here is that you can quickly assemble what you need, and just color a couple eggs.


All you need: eggs, food coloring, vinegar, an old paint brush, cup, spoon, and a couple small containers to hold a few drops of food color. I wear disposable gloves and an old craft shirt!

Start by placing about 10 or more drops of food coloring in a cup of water - room temp is fine. Add about a tablespoon of vinegar. Place your egg in the dye solution. P1100310

A wire whisk is a great tool for keeping blown out eggs submerged.


Once the egg has reached the color intensity you like, remove it and while it is still wet, begin "painting" your egg with undiluted food color of another color. Just smear it on - it moves where ever it wants anyway!


If you prefer, you can simply wet your egg and just jump right into painting with the undiluted food color, but I felt my results were better after a good soak in the dye solution.


To achieve that lovely marbling, add another color while the egg surface is still wet. Sophia and Antonio made lots of green and blue eggs which also happens to be my favorite.


I left the egg in the red dye quite awhile - 10 minutes or so. And it came out really, really dark red! Gorgeous!


I can not seem to capture just how red this really is - not so great light when I was working with this. So trust me! Dark, beautiful, rich red!


You can see that the brown egg gives the color a boost.

Interesting thing happened with this egg. After taking this picture, I wet it again and swirled on some blue food color thinking I would get some purple areas. Maybe I was too timid with the color, I don't know, but when the egg dried, where ever the two colors came together, I got almost a metallic gold color. You can see it if you look closely at the first image in the post.


It is best to simply paint on the yellow dye rather than to submerge it in a diluted solution. Painting on the undiluted food color quickly turned the egg a lovely orange color.


Add a few swirls of red - beautiful!

Food color stains so extra care needs to be taken regarding clothing and adjacent surfaces - especially when kids are at play. Not a process I would recommend for a three year old.

But school age children who are old enough to understand that they need to be a bit careful, this should be no problem as long as you hang around to supervise. Sophia and Antonio colored 24 eggs this way and they were none the worse for wear! Fingers were tinged green here and there. Disposable gloves are recommended.

Have fun! And if you try it, let me know what you think!

Here are some other fun ways to decorate brown eggs, including using silk sari yarns to add surprising designs to your eggs!

Onion skins and color baths play well together and create wonderful little surprise packages to open when the eggs have cooled.

Or make a nest of Dinosaur eggs using onion skins and Koolaid!

Oh Pam, the eggs are just

Oh Pam, the eggs are just gorgeous! You do such amazing things, what an inspiration you are!!!

love, Love LOVE how these

love, Love LOVE how these eggs came out! Last year right after Easter we switched to eating only very local eggs. They are brown eggs and although I'm happier with local eggs from happy healthy chickens I've been dreading this years Easter a little bit imagining drab dyed eggs. You have changed my mind- these are gorgeous!

Those eggs are gorgeous! I'm

Those eggs are gorgeous! I'm not dyeing any eggs, but your post made me remember a story. All the eggs that I buy here in NH are brown. Growing up in NY I had never had brown eggs, but I took the change in stride - there's no difference. But, once on a visit to my parent's house, when my girls were little, I took them to a grocery store in Brooklyn and when they saw white eggs, they started screaming "The eggs are white!". (It was pretty funny at the time.) A much better scene than some temper tantrums they've thrown in stores... although I had to explain to people around us what was going on.

I like the way these eggs

I like the way these eggs turned out too. I was going to ask you for some recipes for hard boiled eggs since you were going to have so many but then I realized you were using blown eggs. Great idea. That way you can make as many eggs as you want and not have to eat a bunch of deviled eggs. Plus, they will last for a few years.

oh, wow. Pam, these are

oh, wow. Pam, these are beautiful and so are your process photos. I like the idea of saving the eggs! We get brown eggs. I think I may try this. What kind of food color did you use? I'm going to go look through your site, because I know you've told us before.

This is nice to read about, because I've been (so tired of saying this!) so busy I had forgotten completely about Easter fun. I saw a little stuffed beanbag chick project last week and forgot about it until now!

Looking fwd...


These are gorgeous! And I

These are gorgeous! And I kind of feel like the biggest idiot in the world... WHY HAVE I NEVER USED GLOVES TO DYE EGGS! Yeah, seems like it should be obvious... but I have ugly colored fingers every year on Easter Sunday, and you would have thought I could have figured out a solution before now. So thank you!

I have never thought to use

I have never thought to use brown eggs!! We frequently eat brown eggs, but I've always used white for dye-ing. This post has me excited to dye our eggs next week (I wasn't all that jazzed before!) I wish I had the patience to blow them out, but since I will have little hands helping, we'll just stick to boiled. Thanks, Pam!

Wonderful! The marbled

Wonderful! The marbled effect too, so clever. :)

Pam, these are GORGEOUS!!! I

Pam, these are GORGEOUS!!! I didn't think you could use brown eggs! Although I don't love dying eggs, I think you may have inspired me to do it again! And I think if I do, I will blow them too, as I would love to keep them--pack rat that I am! LOL!

They are so beautiful!

They are so beautiful! glowing colours!