Egg Dyeing 101 is an iPhone and iPod touch app from Martha Stewart Living. When I was a kid, dyeing eggs meant picking up a lame kit with little dye tablets you add vinegar to and a laughably fragile wire scoop, but Martha Stewart has opened my eyes to a whole world of (get ready for it!) “egg-scellent” decorating tips courtesy of Egg Dyeing 101. The Easter Bunny has some serious competition this year!
I know you’re probably thinking, “Ugh, Martha Stewart? Eggs? Who has time to spend decorating eggs?” but I promise, for all of the frou-frou design and obnoxiously twee photography, the ideas contained within this little app are surprisingly accessible and incredibly eye-catching.
Admittedly, a few of their suggestions are a tad ambitious for those of us who failed domestic deity school, but most of these craft concepts require little more than light touch and steady hand. For example, office supplies are raised to new aesthetic heights in several of these applications. If you have some rubber bands or hole reinforcers lying around, then you have the means to make some seriously snazzy looking eggs.
There are 20 different egg designs included, and each comes with a set of clear instructions and gorgeously photographed examples to work from. Slightly trickier designs, like marbleizing, come with videos, so you can see the action step-by-step. I’m an egg dyeing novice, so I was delighted by how simple and easy to follow the instructions were.
There is also a comprehensive section covering “Egg Basics” which is fantastic. It covers basic one-color dyeing and multiple color wheels help you get a grasp not only on pleasing color combinations, but it also provides dye “recipes” so you can recreate those gorgeous dye shades in the first place. Detailed instructions and a video on blowing out eggs will help you preserve your handiwork for years to come.
Additionally, there is a favoriting feature so you can bookmark which designs you like best and there is an unobtrusive “Sources” section where you can go to get a gander at the supplies they’ve used to create the eggs, which is subtle advertising at its best.
Looking around my catastrophe of an apartment, it’s clear I’m not exactly a decorating diva, but having fussed with this app for awhile, it’s clear that it’s not outside of my ability. With this app, I basically have all the guidance I need to make Easter pretty again, and for a mere $0.99, so do you.
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