Dying eggs at Easter time has always been one of my favorite things about Easter. Even though it's a little silly activity for adults but I still get so much joy out of it. I've tried traditional dye kits, food coloring, painting, Washi tape and a multitude of different ways to decorate eggs. This year I wanted to show you a couple really neat ways I found to create beautifully marbled eggs. I'll do a supplies list for each method. Both are super fun and super messy! (Excuse my green fingers! I had just played with dye tablets!)
Nail Polish Marbled Eggs
Fill a small bowl with room temperature water. Drop droplets of nail polish into the bowl. You can use one color or five! It's up to you. Take your toothpick or skewer and swirl the nail polish droplets around.
* If you have trouble with the nail polish sinking or not spreading correctly, the temperature of the water is too hot or cold.
The bowl I used was way too big. In hindsight, a small bowl would've made it easier and the nail polish wouldn't have dissipated as fast.
Gently drop your egg into the bowl and roll it around. You'll see the nail polish starting to stick to the egg like a "skin". Use a plastic spoon to remove the egg and place it on your drying rack. I used an old muffin tin but you can just set them on a plate with a paper towel. Once the're dry you're done!
* I used a metal spoon and it just caused me to have to get nail polish remover to get the dried nail polish off of it. With a plastic spoon you could just toss it.
Shaving Cream Marble Eggs
Spray shaving cream or whipped cream in a flat bottomed pan or dish. Spread it out into a fairly even 1/2 in thick layer. Drop droplets of food coloring in various places around the bowl. I used 2 colors, blue and green, the first time and then added 3rd color, yellow, for the second egg. Using your toothpick or skewer lightly swirl the colors together. If you mix them too much they start to mix into brown. So emphasis on the "lightly"!
* If you have babies who are still in the phase of putting everything they touch in their mouths I would definitely opt for whipped cream! It works just the same but is safe in case tiny hands get in the mouth or eyes.
Once you have your swirls take your egg and gently roll in a straight line from one side of the pan to the other coating it in the colored shaving or whipped cream. Place your egg on it's drying rack and allow it to sit for about 20-30 min. The longer it sits, the more vibrant the colors. Simply wipe the egg off and you have a beautifully marbled egg!
* I let the first one sit for only 10 minutes and the color was very faint. So i reapplied and let it sit for another 15 and it turned out great.
If you have a drying rack, use that. On the back side of my egg is a nice oval from where the egg was touching the paper towel.
I hope you enjoyed these. Feel free to comment with questions and let us know how they turn out! Have a blessed Good Friday!