With today being Easter Sunday I thought a Easter-themed DIY was necessary! This is the perfect project to do on a Sunday afternoon with friends of family members and the marbled eggs look lovely on the dining table or presented in a basket. They are very easy to make and you may already have all the ingredients in your cupboard. I used food colouring to dye the eggs, which means they are technically still edible but I'll probably just leave mine out as decoration. Have a Happy Easter!
What Will You Need?
(I used large white Duck eggs and food colouring in Violet, Pink and Sky Blue.)
First of all you need to hard-boil your eggs. You can use the method of blowing out the yolk and just using the shells but I wanted strong sturdy eggs. I boiled them from cold water for around 15 minutes. This ensures they are hard - but possibly too rubbery to eat! Let them cool off and dry.
Have some kitchen roll on hand. To make the dye bath you need a small bowl quarter filled with warm water. Add two teaspoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of salt. These ingredients will help aid the dye to take to the egg (or vice versa?) Then add several drops of food colouring. This Violet shade was quite weak so I needed around 20-30 drops! This looks like a very dark bath but don't worry, we will still be able to achieve that soft pastel shade. Mix everything together...
Carefully lower an egg into the dye bath. Turn it over several times and pull it out to keep an eye on the developing colour. My eggs took a while in this Violet dye but dyed quite quickly in the Blue dye! Once your egg is a nice pale pastel shade remove it from the water and pop it on to a wire cooling rack with kitchen roll underneath to catch any drips. Let it dry. It doesn't take too long. Make as many dye baths as you like, depending on how many colours you want to use.
Here are my freshly dyed eggs! They look lovely like this, like sugar coated eggs.
But continue with the next steps for a tie-dyed marbled effect...
You're going to need a much stronger bath solution. This time I used a very shallow bowl, warm water, salt, a teaspoon of vinegar and lots of food colouring! Mix well. I then added a tablespoon of olive oil to the bath. This breaks up the surface of the water and will help us create a marble look. Swirl the oil around in the water with a spoon.
Then it's time to get messy! Roll the egg through the bath, turning it around in all directions, picking up the dye. You can do this for as long as necessary. Once happy I then popped my egg into a piece of kitchen paper and blotted it dry. This blotting action will blend the colours a little more and give you a smooth finish.
You can mix the colours in so many different ways. Play around with the colours you have.
I'll be using my eggs as decoration this Easter Sunday and I may even try chopping one in half!