DIY Project: Marbleized Eggs

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It seems like all the April women’s and decorating magazines showed different ways to dye and decorate Easter eggs. These reminded me of the marbleized eggs my grandmother made many years ago and kept in a dish on her living room side table. She had several real marble decorative eggs, and she made her blown-eggshell eggs in the same purple tones as the stone eggs. I always loved looking at the variegated colors, so making some marbleized eggs for my Easter decor this year seemed like a nice way to remember Nannie.

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You can use hard-boiled eggs or blown eggshells for this project–I blew out seven eggs and cleaned the inside with water and a bit of bleach.  After they drained and dried, I gathered my supplies so I could begin dying the eggs. I started off using a spoon to put the egg in the dye and to turn it over.

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I put warm water in a small bowl and added one teaspoon of white vinegar and 10-20 drops of red food coloring. You can use any color you prefer. Then I placed the egg into the dye bowl. I wanted to do a light-colored coat on the eggs first before beginning to marbleize them. I started using my tongs to move the eggs about in the bowl and back and forth to the egg carton.

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After getting a nice coating of dye on all the eggs, I was ready to begin the marbling process. You can see in the photo above that some of the eggs were a darker tone than some of the others. That didn’t bother me because it adds variety to the full effect.

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The next step was to create another bowl of warm water, one teaspoon of white vinegar, 30-60 drops of food coloring and one teaspoon of olive oil. I used red food coloring again. The olive oil doesn’t mix with the water and vinegar mixture and allows the color to stick to the eggshell in a marbleized pattern.

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Now you can see that my eggs are coral or orange in color–I had originally been thinking I would have pink eggs since I was using red food coloring. But I am always ready for serendipity to step in and offer me a new way to look at a project. I now think that the coral color looks more like real marble.
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After the red dye marbleizing, I let the eggs drain again and wiped off the olive oil with a paper towel.  I then created a bowl of blue dye following the same recipe I used (see above) for the red dye. This second layer of marbleizing adds the real interest to the eggs with the darker veining .  I let the double marbleized eggs drain in the foam egg carton, and then wiped them off with a paper towel. You need to get the olive oil off the eggs. Now your eggs are ready to display.

I was pleased with how these turned out–I think I will try some more in some other color combinations. Might make some purple ones like my grandmother’

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The whole process took about a half hour all told, so even with Easter being this Sunday, you have time to make your own marbleized eggs for your dinner table. A low bowl or basket filled with eggs marbleized in colors to blend with your china would make a lovely centerpiece. You could also have these eggs scattered in the center of your table around vases of flowers or candles. Happy Easter entertaining!


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