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Martha's Marbled Easter Eggs

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Marbled eggs are fun and easy to make for Easter.

Being crafty and loving to bake and cook, I of course have been a huge Martha Stewart fan over the years. I love her clever ideas.

So I am not surprised that she came up with this utterly amazing way to dye eggs more than ten years ago. 

I have seen it shared and passed around Facebook more than a few times each spring and just had to try it for myself....and once I tried it, I just had to share !

I already shared my method for dyeing eggs using natural ingredients from your kitchen.  And of course if you have breeds that lay a rainbow of colored eggs, you don't even need to dye them.

Martha's Marbled Easter Eggs

But if you really want some stunning Easter eggs this year, try this method of marbling them. I made a few small changes to Martha's method, but used the same basic oil and vinegar method.

I decided to use cooked eggs, so first I steamed a dozen eggs and let them cool.  I used our brown, cream and white eggs, but after dying a few, decided the brown eggs came out too muddy, so I stuck with just white and cream-colored eggs.

You can also blow out the eggs  instead of cooking them, if you want to keep the eggs.

What you Need |

  • One dozen white eggs (I used hard boiled)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
What you Do |

In several small bowls, mix 1 Tablespoon white vinegar with 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil. Add a cup of warm water to each bowl and then scrape in some food coloring gel with a toothpick and sort of swirl it around. 

I use the Wilton Gel Paste food coloring when I bake because it results in more vibrant colors (plus it comes in neat colors like lavender, leaf green and peach, so you don't have to mix anything!), so that's what I used here.  

I mixed up six different bowls using : aster mauve, creamy peach, buttercup yellow, leaf green, delphinium blue and violet.

Then, using metal tongs, dip each egg into a bowl of color and sort of roll it to cover it with the dye.

Roll the egg a few times until you're happy with the results and then lay it sideways in an egg carton to dry.

When you've done all the eggs, dip each one a second time into a different color and roll it a few times until you get a marbled effect. 

Allow the eggs to dry completely, lying sideways in the egg carton, then gently blot each egg with a paper towel to remove the excess oil.

As you can see, the results are nothing short of stunning...and each egg comes out completely different, even when dipped in the exact same colors.

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