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DIY Project: Gorgeous Sienna Easter Eggs

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Natural Dyed Sienna Brown Easter Eggs

If you love the idea of coloring Easter Eggs, but want to create something a little more sophisticated than what the average store-bought kit can produce… GOOD NEWS! These chic sienna Easter eggs from floral design guru Kim Foren are gorgeous, easy and non toxic – and they don artsy botanical motifs that are decidedly grown up!

Kim shares the full DIY details below for these pretty little gems, which would make a lovely addition to any Easter Brunch or bird-inspired baby shower!

Natural Dyed Sienna Brown Easter Eggs

Natural Dyed Sienna Brown Easter Eggs



Collect vegetable skins of yellow and red onions (beet tops work great too) and place in a 8 qt stock pot with water and simmer about 15‐ 30 minutes – until water turns 
a gorgeous deep sienna brown color. Add 3 tsp of white wine vinegar.

Collect plant material like small leaves, grasses or anything that can act as a resist. Place the plant material on unboiled
eggs and then stretch a small 6” square piece of nylon stock {or tights} and secure with a rubber band or twine.

Once unboiled
eggs are all ready to go place them in the simmering vegetable dye for approximately 15 minutes. Leave the onion skins in the water so the eggs turn a deeper gorgeous chestnut color. 
After the eggs are finished cooking, remove from pan and cool for at 
least 10 minutes. Remove the nylon and plant

The effect is gorgeous, almost resembling an old fashioned sienna photograph. I love to polish the eggs with olive oil or
 vegetable and a dry cotton towel. For a gorgeous presentation of
 your beautiful eggs, display them on a pussy willow circular basket lined with fresh green moss.”


– Design: Kim Foren from Geranium Lake
– Photography: Erica Ann Photography
– Photograph Styling: Billede Design

By |2018-12-19T15:19:21-07:00April 13th, 2011|Easter, Party Decor Projects|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Mädchen für alles April 13, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Gorgious! And nice photos , too!

  2. MonogrammedEverything.com April 13, 2011 at 6:22 am

    These are REALLY pretty!!! Not your average brightly colored eggs!

  3. Jenn April 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Lovely. Where can I buy moss?

  4. Kristy Life n Reflection April 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Love this moss table setting!!

  5. Jade April 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    These are beautiful. What a great idea. Teaching my children about natural dyes is an added bonus!

  6. party bags May 14, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    No doubt they are really nice. I like its color.

  7. Veronica December 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I was doing this when I was a little girl, nice memories. It’s a traditional way of coloring Easter eggs in Romania, the country I come from. But now, only a few people still do this, the romanians think they are old fashion. :)

  8. sandra December 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Those flowers are ga-or-geous!

  9. Ana-Maria February 27, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    This is the same way we dye Easter eggs and how I thought my little one too…grandma taught us how to do it when we were kids growing up in Romania. As Veronica stated above it is a very traditional way to dye eggs in Romania.

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