How to Make Marbleized Easter Eggs

marble easter eggs in miniature nests

Easter is a time for traditions both old and new. And while dyeing eggs is probably one of those rituals you've been practicing forever, there is a way to bring new life to this time-honored craft. Simply switch up your dyeing technique. With a plethora of possibilities—and eggs as the blank slate—allow your creativity to run wild with this artful marbleized method.

Marbleizing Easter eggs is both an elevated and hands-on approach that the whole family will enjoy. All you need to create these luxe-looking eggs is an egg blower, a dozen eggs, dye, oil, and a dash of creativity.

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What You'll Need

spooning eggs into dye

To create these gorgeous marbleized Easter eggs, you'll need the following supplies: an egg blower, 12 eggs, several mixing bowls (both shallow and deep), measuring spoons, a liquid measuring cup, white vinegar, food coloring (including liquid brown food color), a spoon, a fork, olive oil, and paper towels.

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Prepare the Eggs and Dye

mixing egg dye

With an egg blower, pierce the top and bottom of each egg, puncturing the yolk; carefully expel the contents.

Next, rinse and let dry. In a small mixing bowl, combine 3 cups of warm water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and a few drops of food coloring.

Then place one egg in the dye and leave submerged until it turns the desired shade.

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Prepare to Marbleize

dipping eggs into egg dye

In a wide shallow bowl, prepare a second batch of dye—which will provide the swirls—in a darker shade or a different color of your choice. The liquid should be 1/2-inch deep.

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and run a fork through mixture—creating curlicues of oil on the surface.

As the oil swirls, place dyed egg in the mixture, and roll it once around the bowl to pick up oil streaks and remove the egg.

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Pat Dry

patting egg dry

Gently pat the just-dipped egg dry with a paper towel. This will help solidify the marbleized effect.

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Let the Egg Dry

After you've created your desired pattern, let the marbleized Easter egg dry.

You can experiment with color combinations: Vary the base tints and the swirls to achieve striking contrasts, subtle shadings, or multihued richness. Keep experimenting with your technique to recreate these mixed colors and swirled designs.

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