Red Easter Eggs

Kim Biegacki


It has been a few years since I painted any eggs (which I love to do) and so this year I decided to have some fun. Well, while I was pinning on Pinterest one night I stumbled upon the story of the Red Easter Eggs. I had seen them before but never knew the story (or stories) behind the Red Eggs and Mary Magdalene. It is a tradition in some countries to make these eggs and a really great story to share with other how Mary was the first person to witness seeing Jesus after his resurrection from his death on the cross. I hope you enjoy reading a little history and my version of Red Easter Eggs.


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12 colored eggs
1 Hr
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 12 medium
  • 1
    tablet of red dye or red food coloring
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    glitter & glue
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    crosses made from stickers

  • 8 - 12 small
    yellow onion skins
  • 1
    white vinegar
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How to Make Red Easter Eggs


  1. Boil your eggs, cool and place in refrigerator. Get your dyes ready and anything you are going to decorate with. You can also color them naturally which will give you more of a dark maroon color to the egg. You can wrap the skins of the onion around the eggs or just drop them down in with the onion skins already in the water and get the same color. When I make some naturally colored red I will update.
  2. The story of Mary Magdalene being the first person to see Jesus after his death is such a great honor. The history behind these red eggs and all the paintings I saw from hundreds of years ago are just fascinating stories of Easter Orthodox history and tradition. Here is a condensed version of two of the stories about Mary that you may also like to read.
    This photo did not have the details of where it came from but it certainly looks as an older historical painting. Maybe from one of the Orthodox churches is what I am thinking.
  3. Decorate all red eggs or do a few and the rest other colors. If you want to share the story of the red eggs with others.
  4. "If you choose to decorate Easter eggs this season, paint one red in memory of Mary Magdalene, Christ’s first missionary and apostle to the apostles. Remember Mary, abandoned by the men, weeping at the tomb alone. Consider Mary’s recognition of Christ when he said her name. Honor her singular blessing of being the first to proclaim "Christ is risen." For Christians, this is a time when believers remember that He is risen indeed." ~~~quote from site below.

    Read more at Suite101: Mary Magdalene and the Easter Egg | Suite101
  5. For my Russian Friends:
    С праздником Пасхи! Христос воскрес!!!

    This wooden cross in this photo and the one above was hand carved and purchased in Russia when I was over there on a mission trip. One side is in English and the other side is in the Slavic-Russian language and says, "He is not here:for He is risen." Matthew 28:6
  6. This is my favorite set of Russian Matryoshka Dolls that I purchased on one of my mission trips to Russia. I decided to pair them up with the Red Easter Eggs for some photos.

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About Red Easter Eggs

Course/Dish: Eggs, Other Non-Edibles
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy

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