Speckled Easter Eggs are a vibrant and incredibly easy and fast way keep your egg-dying tradition alive. With a senior in high school, I had to up the game to keep him interested in our since-he-was-4-months-old tradition. And this worked.
It’s as simple as a quick raid of the pantry for dried grains in all shapes and sizes. Add some food dye, white vinegar, and some plastic cups.
Within minutes, seconds really, and a little cup jostling, these mosaic, dappled and speckled Easter Eggs almost magically appear.
They’re quite beautiful, a lot of fun, with virtually no mess.
Creating colorful masterpieces are as simple as a few shakes and swirls of a cup.
What You’ll Need:
• Plastic Cups
• Dried grains, beans or nuts
• Liquid food dye or gel
• White Vinegar
• Hard-Cooked Eggs
• Pinboard (Optional)
How To Speckle Eggs
Fill each plastic cup (about 1/4 full) with dried grains, beans or nuts.
Add 8-12 drops of liquid dye, depending on how intense you want your colors. If using food gel, add about 3-4 drops. The add a drop of white vinegar to each cup and shake thoroughly to distribute the dye. Contents should be moist but not soaked. If it dries out during the dying process, add another drop of vinegar.
Place an egg in each cup. Gently shake and swirl the egg and the speckles will appear. Drop it into a different color and you’ll create mosaic masterpieces.
Allow each egg to dry on a pinboard.
How to make an Egg Drying Pinboard
To preserve your egg masterpieces, use an egg drying pinboard. This prevents the dye from pooling at the underside of the egg and allows it to dry much quicker.
Simply take a 1/2-inch foam core board or a double thickness of 1/4-inch foam core, print the paper grid template, and insert flathead pins into the foam.
I purchased a 2-pack 12 x 9-inch foam core at Michaels, printed my template, centered it on the foam core and inserted 88 flathead pins into the foam.
You can draw a 1-inch grid template or you can download the template I used here.