Dying Easter Eggs

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Today I was up bright and early for one special reason; today is Holy Thursday. On this day we, the followers of the Christian Orthodox Church (not all), traditionally, get up at the crack of dawn and begin to dye our first red eggs.


The very first egg that comes out of the dye is said to be the “Holy Egg”; this egg is believed to be the guard of the house, and that egg sits in its own single-egg cup until the next year’s Holy Thursday.

Interestingly enough, the Holy Egg does not rot. It sits there for one entire year and nothing happens to it. Every year, as soon as I replace the egg, I crack the old one to see if it has gone bad, and it never has. Isn’t that amazing? That’s food for thought.


So as soon as I was done with the red batch, I began to work on the more colorful ones!

I wanted to share with you a Dying Easter Eggs technique that is super easy and super-duper fun! I did this with my little one this morning, she’s only one and a half years old, and it was one of the best times we have had together while working in the kitchen.


You will need:

  • White napkins or paper towel
  • Food colors – I used the “Neon” collection by McCormick
  • Eggs, boiled
  • Cooking oil
  • You might also want to put on some kitchen gloves (optional)


  • In the middle of a single napkin drop one drop of each food color (your choice of colors) in one spot.

  • Put the egg in the middle of that spot, roll it up in the napkin, rub it, then unroll it, and with your index finger placed underneath the colored spot on the napkin, start dabbing the colors around the egg – you will soon see a colorful, tie dye egg.
  • Let it dry.
  • Once it’s dry, put a dab of vegetable oil on a single napkin and just lightly brush it around the egg – this will give the egg a beautiful shine.


  • That’s it!
32 Responses
  1. Carole from Carole's Chatter

    Hi Katerina, this would be a great contribution to Food on Friday: Easter Foods over at Carole’s Chatter. Please do bring it over. Cheers

  2. Parsley Sage

    Such beautiful Holy Thursday red eggs! I can’t wait to try the tie-dyed trick too. We don’t have any little bitties in our house yet but that doesn’t mean we don’t make a big deal out of coloring eggs 🙂 Thanks for sharing, and have a lovely Easter!

  3. Lauren @ L-Mo Cooks

    Our special egg each year was dyed with onions and just turned brown. It seemed so cool then when all you could find in stores was the white eggs. Now it would pass for any in my fridge.

    That’s quite an awesome shade of red you got!

  4. Jill Colonna

    Kate, I’ve not heard of this before: that IS so amazing that they don’t go bad after all that time. Love your post. Lots of fun with the kids: anything with paint….! 😉

  5. Peggy

    I’ve never done this technique before, but it produces such colorful eggs! Sounds like you guys had a really fun time too!

  6. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen

    There’s a reason why those Holy Eggs never go bad, it’s because they’re blessed and they get their own egg throne! This looks like a fun activity you both enjoyed, thanks for sharing the technique.

  7. Claudie

    Although I’m Catholic, I’m used to celebrating Easter the Christian Orthodox way, so I was up dying eggs as well 🙂 Unfortunately, all of my colors were intense except for the red one — my first egg turned out rather pink. Oh well. Hopefully that won’t affect the 1-yr period I have to keep it. Where do you keep yours? On a bookshelf, or in the fridge, or?

  8. Firefly

    We did the same thing this morning 😉 the red eggs done, the Holy Egg in it’s place 🙂 I’m also so amazed that the Holy Egg always stays as is after a year!

    Your eggs look beautiful, I love the colors, and your technique is so fun and easy 🙂

  9. Happy When Not Hungry

    What beautiful eggs Kate! I didn’t know that about Orthodox Christianity either! Have a wonderful Easter 🙂

  10. Elyse

    This is such a great idea! I love how the multi-colored eggs came out! Now as for your red egg… it never goes bad!? That’s so weird yet very cool at the same time!

  11. claudia lamascolo

    Wow I made some today and posting tomorrow. Your are so elegant and absolutely a work of art… I love these.. next time I am making them like this… I did the crackle style oh well you’ll see, I just love these!

  12. Kim- Liv Life

    I’ve heard that about eggs not going bad!! I was always too afraid to give it a try though to find out. I think I’ll take your word for it!
    Love the ease of your egg dying, Liv will love this! I was not going to do eggs this year, but this simply looks too easy ( and fun!) to resist.

  13. Krissyp

    Great post Kate. As soon as I read the part that the egg sits in its own cup for a year I knew what was coming next…you cracking that egg to investigate what the year had done to it. LOL your so funny Kate, so curious. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Geni

    Your dyed eggs look beautiful. I’ve tried dying eyes once or twice and they never come out quite as well, but I’m definitely going to try out your tie dye method. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Kankana

    Thanks for sharing that interesting information on the holy egg> i don’t celebrate this festival but it’s always nice to see all these colorful eggs 🙂

  16. Kristy

    So clever! I love that idea. (I’ll definitely be using the gloves though – had a bad food dye experience already! Ha!) I also loved reading about the tradition. 🙂

  17. Lauren

    Love this dying idea. Thanks too for the “Holy Egg” tidbit…..very interesting. May try that this year with my kiddos.

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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