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Marbleized Easter Eggs

Sometimes, taking the path that twists and turns yields the best result: On marbleized eggs, colors come together in beautifully abstract designs.




  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Fork
  • Paper towels


  1. Step 1

    Prepare a dye bath in a small heatproof mixing bowl: Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring (use more to intensify color) with 1 cup of hot water. Add an egg, and submerge it until it turns the desired hue. Remove egg; let dry, about 15 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    In a shallow, wide bowl, prepare another batch of dye in a darker or different shade; this will provide the swirls. The liquid should be 1/2 inch deep. Add about 1 tablespoon olive oil (you may need more depending on the size of the container). Run a fork through this mixture, creating swirls of oil on the surface. Place the dyed egg in the marbleizing mixture, and roll it once around the bowl to pick up the oil streaks; remove, and blot gently with a paper towel. Let dry, 30 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Try various color combinations. Vary the base tints and the swirls to achieve contrasts both striking and subtle.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2005



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  • Lisa Mcalister-Aydin 30 Mar, 2013

    Do you have to use olive oil or will any oil do?

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  • emerald2 5 Apr, 2012

    Love this activity, it is fun and easy. The kids and I made them last year and they came out beautifully! They're on our to do list for this Easter as well. The eggs, once cracked open, are perfectly edible.

  • Tonia327 28 Mar, 2011

    I should imagine, since all of the ingredients are edible themselves, that they would not harm the egg

  • creativelife 15 Mar, 2010

    Is this edible?

  • rockonmartha 18 Apr, 2008

    This was fun, easy and I loved it.. Each egg had its own unique personality. I will definitely do this as a project with our 4-H club next year...

  • jazzyspaula 6 Apr, 2008

    I've been decorating Easter eggs in this style since I was a child, back in the 50's, so this little trick has been around for a very long time, and I actually learned how to do this from my grandmother. This technique definately makes some beautiful eggs!

  • nicd85 22 Mar, 2008

    my last comment got cut off. ....
    and creative. Give them a try!

  • nicd85 22 Mar, 2008

    We have made these eggs since the first time we saw them on martha. So easy to make, very fun

  • giagirl 22 Mar, 2008

    Peonyplanter - you may have left the egg in the oil swirl too long. when you do this it gets a bit muddy and the swirls are not clear. Try waiting until your base color is dry then giving it a quick (few seconds) swirl in the oil mix. That should work just fine. Good luck.

  • giagirl 22 Mar, 2008

    We have marbleized our Easter eggs for years and they always come out different and BEAUTIFUL! This year we are having a neighborhood egg decorating party so all the kids can marbleize their eggs for our spectacular egg hunt tomorrow! DEFINITELY try it.

  • peonyplanter 17 Mar, 2008

    The marblizing did not work for us, and we followed the directions. Any tips by those successful would be helpful.

  • luvnstitches 13 Mar, 2008

    I've always done my eggs this way and now my kids do it this way too! They are beautiful and always look different!

  • jmeisen 19 Feb, 2008

    Of course, I meant to say I AM doing this with my family!! :)

  • jmeisen 19 Feb, 2008

    This has been a family tradition for generations, my mom decorated her eggs this way growing up, as did I. I'm not doing this with my son and we always get tons of compliments and comments.