It's springtime and Easter is just around the corner. Time to decorate your home for Easter with some crafty colored eggs. Follow the directions shared here and you can color your Easter eggs using food coloring and whatever cooking oil you may have in your cupboard. Kids are going to love making these fun and easy marbled Easter eggs. This project is appropriate for kids 3 and older and takes about 30 minutes (which does not include drying time).
Note: The above age guideline and time required are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and might take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Hard-cooked or blown-out eggs
- Food coloring
- Warm water
- Cooking oil (any neutral oil like vegetable or canola can be used)
Instructions for Making Marbleized Easter Eggs
- In a coffee cup or similar-sized container, mix about 20 drops of food coloring with 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
- Add 1/2 cup warm water and 1 tablespoon of oil. You can add more or less food coloring to get the desired shade.
- Repeat the steps above to make different colors in different cups. Experiment with mixing colors. Mix red and blue to get purple, and mix red and yellow to make orange. If necessary, you can add a bit more water so an egg dipped into the dye is completely submerged.
- Gently lower egg into the cup. The longer you leave the egg in the dye, the darker the color will be. Once the egg reaches the desired color, remove from the cup with a spoon and set on a paper towel to dry. Your eggs should end up colored in some spots with white streaks in others.
- If you want, color the eggs first in dye without oil and then dip them into the dye with oil. Results seem to be better if the egg is kept moving in the colored oil water than when just left to sit. Experiment to see what works best for you.
- Now you're ready to display your newly colored eggs. Kids are going to love to hide and find these fun eggs for Easter. It could become a new tradition in your family.