Marbleized Easter Eggs

Oil and water do not mix. Add food coloring to that mixture and you get beautiful marbleized eggs!

Safety Tips

  • Use warm water, not hot water, for kids to safely mix and handle the egg dye.
  • Adult help is needed when blowing out eggs.
Marbleized Easter Eggs craft

Materials

  • Hard boiled eggs or blown-out eggs
  • Vegetable oil
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Shallow container
  • Spoon

Steps

Step 1 Marbleized Eggs 1. Either hard boiled eggs or blown-out eggs can be used. Blown-out eggs take a bit more time to prepare but they last longer than hard boiled eggs. Pat the eggs dry to remove any moisture on the surface.
Step 2 Marbleized Eggs 2. Mix up the first batch of egg dye by combining ¾ cup warm water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, and about 10 drops of food coloring. This dye should be of a lighter shade than the second batch of dye that you will mix later.

Submerge an egg into the dye and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. The longer it stays, the deeper and brighter the color will be.
Step 3 Marbleized Eggs 3 Remove the egg from the dye and let it air dry.
Step 4 Marbleized Eggs 4. In a shallow container, mix the second batch of egg dye simliar to the first one - ¾ cup warm water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and about 10 drops of food coloring. This time add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Break up the oil with a spoon. As mentioned earlier, this second batch of dye should have a darker color than the first batch of dye.
Step 5 Marbleized Eggs 5. Roll the egg once around the dye. The food coloring only dissolves in the water and not in the oil. Thus the surface of the egg that touches the oil will not collect any dye while those that touch the water will absorb color. If you want more of the egg's original color to show through, add more vegetable oil to the dye. You can also spoon over some dye onto the egg to get a different effect.
Step 6 Marbleized Eggs 6. Allow the egg to dry. If you wish, you can dip the egg again into another color of oily dye to achieve a tri-colored egg. Have fun experimenting!

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