Discover how to make the appearance of marble on eggs for Easter.
By Andrea Mulder-Slater
What You Need:
- All purpose Easter egg dye and containers (see below)
- Hard boiled egg (or a blown out egg – see instructions below)
- Olive or vegetable oil
What You Do:
Drip some drops of olive oil into your dye.
When you lower the egg into the bowl, the color will stick but the oil will not. The result? A funky marbleized design for you to call your own.
This technique is best left until you are finished decorating since you will be adding 1 tablespoon of olive oil to your dye baths.
The oil will cause the egg to repel some of the colour as you dip, thus creating a marble effect.
You can begin with a blank egg (which is what my daughter and I did), or you can start by dipping the egg in an oil-free dye bath to achieve a base colour.
Dip the egg into a couple of different colours to see what you end up with.
Note: If you want to keep your Easter eggs around for a while, it is best to use blown, rather than boiled, eggs. To do this, hold the egg firmly but gently and with a large needle pierce a hole into each end, making one hole larger than the other. Push the needle through both holes to break the yolk inside. Now, blow into the small hole and force the contents out of the large hole into a bowl until the egg is empty. Rinse the egg, dry it and squeeze some white glue on the holes to strengthen the egg.
EASTER EGG DYE
All you need to do is combine the following ingredients in a container and let the mixture cool.
- 1 cup hot water. I used boiling water from the kettle.
- 1 teaspoon vinegar. A little more is fine. So is a little less.
- 10 to 20 drops food colouring. The more you squeeze, the more intense the shade.
A version of this craft appeared on YMC with the title 3 Kid-Friendly Creative Easter Egg Ideas