Naturally dyed Robins eggs…

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After much research on the subject of dying eggs for an Easter centrepiece,  I came across a tutorial on Pinterest, on how to make Robins eggs, and fell in love.

At my local farmers market, I bought six pure white duck eggs and although it was a shame to change their natural beauty, I was desperate to have a go at experimenting.  Here is what I did….

You will need:

  • White eggs
  • 1 head of red cabbage
  • 5 tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 cups of water
  • gold acrylic paint
  • saucepan
  • bowl
  • spoon


  1. Hard boil the eggs for 5 minutes
  2. Chop up the red cabbage and place in a pan with the water and simmer for 30 minutes
  3. Allow the cabbage and water to cool completely
  4. Strain the beautiful purple water from the cabbage into a deep bowl
  5. Place you eggs into the purple liquid, ensuring they are completely submerged (otherwise you will get stripes)
  6. Leave the eggs to absorb the dye for 2 hours – longer if you want a deeper colour
  7. Remove the eggs and watch them magically turn blue as the dye reacts to the air
  8. Once dry, use a bristle brush (or old tooth brush) to flick gold paint on the eggs

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I have nestled my eggs into a bowl of pure white violas for an interesting table centrepiece, and added a few pale feathers too.

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These eggs are completely edible, so perhaps you can leave them in the fridge and eat them on Easter Sunday.  I also dyed empty duck eggs too (after we ate the contents for breakfast this morning).  Using the shells as little plant pots I filled them with white muscari bulbs.

I will hopefully show you the finished Easter table tomorrow.

Are you ready for Easter?  I still haven’t bought any chocolate eggs and I have two desperately eggcited (see what I did there?!) boys.  The bunny will make an appearance tomorrow, followed by a big feast with family and hopefully a walk afterwards to calm down two chocolate fuelled boys.

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