What you will make:
Egg decorating is an Easter tradition in most homes. Eggs
symbolize the rebirth that comes in spring. Here’s a technique for
making marbled eggs that requires no special materials, and produces
beautiful results with very little effort.
Related project: See the
Basic Egg Dyeing
project for how to make solid-colored eggs.
Here's what you need:
- Eggs (hard-boiled or raw)
- Food coloring
- Cooking oil
- Mugs—one per color
- Paper towels
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Marbled Eggs
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Prepare Dye Baths
In each mug, combine one tablespoon each of oil and vinegar with your choice of food coloring.
Use less food coloring for pastel colors. Add enough water to make the liquid deep enough to cover an egg.
- Step 2: Raw Eggs (optional)
For raw eggs, make a dime-sized hole at the bottom of the egg. Make a pinhole at the other end.
Blow or shake to remove the yolk and egg white. Rinse the egg and allow it to dry.
- Step 3: Dip Eggs
Swirl the liquid with a spoon, and quickly lower and raise an egg in it. Pat dry with a paper towel.
Repeat with second and third colors, if desired. Always be sure to stir the liquid before dipping the egg.
- Step 4: Finish
Gently pat dry the completed egg. Leave some of the oil to give it a varnished look.
That's it! Your eggs are ready
for the Easter basket!
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