Here are directions to create a marble effect on eggs. It’s an easy way to give your eggs more pizzazz this Easter.
1) Hard boil white eggs.
2) Prepare egg dyes. You can use store bought dyes (*see note below) or follow my instructions to prepare natural dyes.
3) You can dye some eggs different solid colors to have a base color for your marbling. You can also leave some hard boiled eggs white as a base color.
4) Put about 1/2 to 3/4 inch of one color of a dye mixture in the bottom of a shallow bowl.
5) Add 1 to 3 teaspoons of vegetable or canola oil to the dye. (You can start with 1 teaspoon of oil and, if needed, add more. The amount you’ll need will depend on the size of your bowl and how you’ll want it to look. More oil will let the base dye show through more.)
6) Quickly, but gently, place an egg in the bowl. Take a spoon or fork to “drizzle” some dye over the top to make a marble effect. Be aware if you’re using food coloring for your dye, it dyes the egg very quickly. So with store bought dye you’ll have to work faster. Using more oil in the dye will keep the dye from seeping into the egg too quickly.
7) Take the egg out of the dye and let dry on napkins or paper towels.
8) You can repeat the process in another colored dye if desired.
9) Once dry, the eggs may be a little oily. You can take a napkin or paper towel to spread the oil evenly around the egg to give it an even sheen. If you want a brighter shine, you can put a little more oil on the egg and rub it around to produce a very shiny egg!
*You can buy tablets for dying eggs and follow the instructions on the box or you can use food coloring that you buy in the store. Here are my food coloring directions for making egg dye: Use 1/2 cup water plus 1 teaspoon white vinegar plus 20 drops of food dye to make one color of dye mixture.
The photo below shows eggs dyed with a green food coloring mixture. All of the other photos show eggs marbleized with natural dyes.
FYI, I wouldn’t hide these eggs around the house for an egg hunt since they may stain your furniture.
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