Marbled Easter Eggs

How to Make Marbled Easter Eggs with Oil

Supplies Needed

  • Glass bowls
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Hot water
  • White vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Spoon
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Paper towels
  • Warm water
  • Vegetable oil

Step-by-Step Directions

We’ll show you how to color Easter eggs step-by-step using just a few inexpensive pantry staples. You should be able to make one dozen easy marbled Easter eggs in less than an hour. 

adding drops of food coloring to small bowl

Step 1: Create First Dye Color 

In a glass bowl mix one cup of hot water, one teaspoon of white vinegar, and 5-10 drops of food coloring. The dye in this bowl will be the base color of your egg, so we recommend using a lighter shade of dye. Use a spoon to place a hard-boiled egg into each bowl, making sure the egg is completely submerged in the liquid. Let the egg sit in the dye for just one minute—this ensures you’ll have a shade light enough to show the marbleized pattern. Remove and place the colored egg on a paper towel to dry. The dyed Easter eggs will need to be completely dry before you dip them again.

adding corn syrup to dyed water solution

Step 2: Prepare Oil Mixture

While the dyed eggs dry, prepare the oil mixture that will give your eggs a marbled look. Since the oil mixture adds a second color to the dyed egg, it will need to be quite a bit more saturated. In a new bowl mix approximately 20 drops of food coloring with one cup of warm water. Add one tablespoon of vegetable oil and use a spoon to gently mix. 

pushing egg through corn syrup solution

Step 3: Create Marbled Easter Eggs

When the eggs are dry, use a spoon to add one colored egg to the vegetable oil mix. Gently roll the egg around in the dye bath and remove it when you notice a marbleized Easter egg effect. Keep in mind that if you leave the egg in the mixture too long, it will turn a solid color.

pastel swirled egg and paper towel

Step 4: Dry and Display 

After removing the egg, lightly blot excess water and oil from the egg using a paper towel and let dry completely before displaying. For a touch of shine, rub the marble looking Easter eggs with oil. Try varying the color combinations and oil swirls to create a pretty display of dyed Easter eggs.

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