How to marbled Easter eggs

I’d never even heard of marbled Easter eggs until Martha came into my life.  I mean, who thinks up this stuff?  I can see a boardroom in Martha Stewart‘s immaculate and towering offices in Manhattan,

We need new eggs people, it’s time to mix it up!  Minions, I am QUEEN of crafts and I need new, better, inspiring eggs.  Let’s do marbled, they’re so now, so sophisticated.  So Upper East Side.”

how to marbled Easter egg

So friends, today we learn how to make marbled Easter eggs.  They’re so easy and fun, and my kids went nuts dyeing them over the weekend.  Whip up a dozen or so for your Easter celebrations just to show who’s the boss of crafting in your world.

how to marbled Easter eggs

Here’s how the whole marbled Easter eggs thing goes down.

You only need a few more supplies than usual to marble your eggs and it’s only one extra step.  Trust me though, it isn’t a complicated one or I wouldn’t have done it.  You know how I like it: simple, easy, no fuss.

Supply list for marbled eggs:

  • olive oil
  • white vinegar
  • food coloring and/or dye tablets
  • hard boiled eggs
  • water
  • small deep bowls
  • shallow bowls

Step 1:

If you don’t have food coloring, just use the regular dye tablets that come in any Easter egg kit.  Prepare the dye baths by filling a small deep bowl with a cup of water and a tablet (or 20 drops of food coloring) and 3 Tablespoons white vinegar.  Put your hard boiled (or blown out) eggs into the baths until you get the colors you want.  Light pastel colors work well for a base coat before you get to marbling.

Step 2:

Pull the eggs out of the baths and dry them on paper towels, repeating until you’ve dyed all the eggs you’re going to marble.  In some shallow bowls create new darker egg baths, only this time use about 2 cups of water.  Add the food coloring and vinegar, but this time add about a tablespoon of vegetable oil.  (We used olive oil)  Use a flatter, shallow bowl so the liquid isn’t more than a couple of inches deep.

Step 3:

Using a fork, mix up the olive oil and immediately put an egg into the oil + dye mix.  Roll the egg around for a few seconds and pull it out when you like the way it looks, then dry on a towel.  Put it back into the egg carton while it dries, giving it at least 2 hours until the color sets in perfectly.

marbled Easter eggs

Pretty, right?

marbled easter eggs

We loved marbling our Easter eggs so much we’re going to do it to at least a dozen eggs from here on out.

Now go forth and dye!

(I slay myself)

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Marie :

    Those look awesome. I’m gonna have to do that, looks so simple too!!