The Pin Junkie: Speckled Easter Eggs

Speckled Easter Eggs

Speckled Easter Eggs
Speckled Easter Eggs

Decorating Easter eggs was something I always enjoyed as a kid.  I loved dipping the eggs into the dye and watching them change colors.  The funny thing is I never really liked eating the hard boiled eggs.  I preferred the candy in my Easter basket instead!  It's been a long time since I've decorated Easter eggs and I felt like a kid again while I was making these.  I pinned this idea for speckled Easter eggs and thought it would be perfect for this month's Make It Challenge.  (Each month I participate with a group of bloggers to make something with a theme and this month's theme is Easter.)  If you'd like to make these eggs for Easter here's what you'll need:

Materials:
hard boiled eggs
water
vinegar
food coloring
brown non-toxic acrylic paint
stiff bristle paint brush or toothbrush

To make the dye
To make these speckled eggs, start by making some old fashioned egg dye.  For each color, mix one cup of hot water, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and twenty drops of food coloring in glass or stain proof containers.  Use a spoon to dip each hard boiled egg into the dye.  The longer the egg stays in the dye, the darker the color will be.  I wanted my eggs to be light, so they didn't stay in the dye long - not quite a full minute.  (You can always use fewer drops of food coloring for to get lighter colors, too.)  Remove the eggs from the dye and set them out to dry. 

Easter egg dye recipe

To make the splatter
The paint needs to be a thinned to make a good splatter pattern so mix some water with a little bit of brown non-toxic acrylic paint.  The instructions I used said to use an old toothbrush, but the bristles weren't stiff enough.  After getting globs instead of splatters, I found that a very stiff bristled brush works best. I suppose you could use a new toothbrush, but I used a stiff stencil brush.  Dip the brush into the thinned paint and with your thumb, scrape the brush to spray or splatter the paint.  I found it took a little bit of practice to get nice splatters instead of messy globs, so practice on a piece of paper first.  If you make a mistake on the eggs, don't worry.  The wet paint wipes right off and you can try again.

Sorry I don't have pictures of this splatter step.  I seriously had brown paint all over my hands and didn't want to get it on the camera! 

As you can see from the picture above, I started out by dying the eggs in different colors, but decided to do just blue since it's my favorite color.

Don't they look like robin's eggs?  

The only way they could be any better is if they were chocolate inside!

Blue Speckled Easter Eggs

Inspired by this pin for speckled Easter eggs.

You've seen my #MakeIt project, now please visit some of the other wonderful blogger in this challenge and check out their beautiful Easter projects! 

easy Easter crafts



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54 comments:

  1. Oh these speckled eggs are so pretty! Love them!

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  2. These look so real and so cute! Great job!!!!

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  3. So pretty, and I love them in the moss...I agree, they need to be chocolate-filled to reach their full potential!

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  4. These are soo pretty and real looking Bonnie! Just found you from the Lou Lou girls party! Would love to have you join us Thursday at our party too please :) Have a great week!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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  5. Hi Bonnie,
    This would totally match the decor in my house! Thanks for sharing:) #MakeIt

    ~Be Sweet
    Christina
    at SWEET HAUTE

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  6. I totally love this idea and want to try it this year!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  7. Your eggs are beautiful! Yes, they look just like really big robin's eggs. I would probably have stuck to the blue too, but experimenting can be fun.

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  8. Great project! Pinning! (I wish I had some eggs this size with chocolate inside - I could use them today!)

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  9. Your eggs turned out wonderfully - they look amazing! I'll be sharing this DIY with our followers.

    Cristina @ Simply Sophisticated
    http://simplysophisticatedevents.blogspot.ca/

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  10. These are fun! I did tie dye last year...I like these though. Pinning:)

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    1. I've never made tie dye eggs before. Sounds like fun! I may have to try it!

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  11. These eggs look absolutely gorgeous. Love the traditional light blue with brown speckles look. Pinning!

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  12. These are so stinking adorable. Nice job. Love all your pictures too!

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  13. So pretty! I never would have thought of that but I love them.

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  14. These are really pretty. I think they look like they just came out of the nest! I would love it if you would stop by and share this and any other family friendly links at the This Is How We Roll party. Find it at FeedingBig.com Thanks

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  15. Years ago when I taught tole painting we did this on so many projects. We called fly specking. Love how it looks on the eggs! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. This turned out so nice. I think my girls would love to do this.

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  17. What a fun idea! I love to die Easter eggs too, but don't like boiled eggs, so it seems like such a waste. It's a good thing I married a man who loves them. Now the kids and I can go to town every Easter and not feel guilty. These are so pretty I think we'll have to add them to our "try" list this year. (Why does that list seem to get longer and longer every year?) Thanks for sharing them at this week's Dare to Share Saturday. I'm definitely pinning and sharing!

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    1. I know what you mean! My "try" list is always long and growing too. You're lucky you have someone at your house who likes to eat boiled eggs. Nobody here really likes them. Maybe that's one of the reasons why I don't make them very often. Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. These are too, too cute. What a wonderful idea! I would love if you would drop by and link this up at Celebrate It! blog party! It is where you can share how you celebrate the everyday things of life!
    http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2015/03/celebrate-it-blog-party.html

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  19. Wow, those are so pretty! I'm more of a chocolate egg girl as well :P

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  20. Those are so cute!!! My daughters will love doing that...although it looks like it will have to be an outdoor project with them involved :-)

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    1. I covered my work area with paper, but you're probably smart to do it outside with kids! Happy Easter!

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  21. These are so beautiful, and are my pick of the week at Bloggers Brags. Be sure to stop by today and check it out! :)

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  22. Love and totally doing this year! Thanks! Pinning- Sharing- Too Cute!
    Coming to you from http://www.skiptomylou.org/2015/03/09/made-monday-17/

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  23. Those eggs are so pretty! They look like the real deal, right out of a nest. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week's issue.

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  24. I'm going to try this with the kids, I love the way they look! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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  25. Super cute! I love your lovely project! Thank you for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  26. What a simple idea to make the speckle. I never thought of that! Thank you!

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    1. It's a little messy, but fun!! Just be sure to cover your work area!

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  27. Bonnie,

    Thanks for linking up to Wonderful Wed. blog hop. I pinned all your features including these adorable eggs.
    Many Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    ouramericantravels
    recipesforourdailybread

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  28. I love these , creative and so real looking! I would love for you to share these speckled eggs over at my new link party Making Memories Mondays going on now!
    Cathy@ threekidsandafish{dot}com

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  29. Love the eggs. They are so cute. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi

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  30. Hello there! Stopping by from the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. These eggs are beautiful!

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  31. Bonnie, Just wanted to pop by and let you know that we have Featured your adorable eggs @ our What to do Weekends party! So, there's a button waiting for you if you like! Congrats! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Theresa

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    1. Thanks for the feature Theresa! I appreciate it!

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  32. Hi Bonnie,
    I am visiting from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
    These eggs look like real!!! :-D WOW! Thank you for sharing. :-D
    Enjoy and smile!
    Milka

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  33. These are so pretty! I love the timeless look of Spring :)

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  34. Sharing on Facebook this morning...thank you for linking them up to our Inspiration Monday Party, Bonnie!

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  35. These are beautiful! I love the speckled effect, and love the blue. So pretty!

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  36. So pretty! I wanted to let you know that I'm featuring this post tonight at the Create & Share Link Party (7:00 PM MST)! Congratulations!!! Can't wait to see what you share with us this week. :)

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  37. These are super cute and so easy to do!

    Thanks for sharing at Inspire Me Mondays!

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  38. I love these, I want to try making some speckled eggs this year for my Easter table.

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  39. I just love these eggs! Thanks so much for sharing them with us at Totally Terrific Tuesday! It wouldn't be a party without you! :)

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  40. These are beautiful! Visiting from On Display Thursday. :) Robin's blue has been one of my all time favorite colors!

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  41. I'm dying to make speckled eggs and this is on my list of "to dos" for Easter. Thanks for sharing your technique on #SCBH2015

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  42. Good morning! These are so pretty - thanks for sharing them with us at Work it Wednesday. We are featuring you this morning!
    ~Krista

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