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Last year in my post 4 Ways to Dye Beautiful Easter Eggs without a Kit, one of the ways I highlighted was to make marbled Easter eggs. Well, we were intrigued enough with the look of those eggs, we decided to try it ourselves. Here is how we did it and our thoughts about this project.
- 1 dozen white eggs
- liquid food coloring (we had trouble finding this-Target carries it)
- white vinegar
- 12 snack sized zip top bags (one for each egg)
Hard Boil the Eggs
- Place the eggs in a large saucepan
- Cover with cool water-by 1 inch
- Slowly bring water to a boil over medium heat
- When the water reaches a full boil cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 12 minutes.
- Pour eggs into a colander and run under cool water until the eggs are cool to the touch.
- Allow eggs to cool and dry an additional 30 minutes.
Coloring the Eggs
- Roll the eggs on the table to gently crack them. Be careful-you need the shell to stay intact but you need the cracks to create the colored lines on the eggs.
- Place 1 egg in a ziptop bag, add about 8 drops of the desired food coloring (or mix 2 colors to get more color choices).
- Zip the bag closed and gently massage the color into the egg until it is completely covered.
- Leave the egg in the bag for 30 minutes to allow dye to set.
- Repeat the process with the rest of the eggs.
- After the 30 minutes is up for the first 4 eggs place those eggs in a colander.
- Rinse the eggs with cool water to wash off any excess dye.
- Next pour a bit of vinegar over each egg to set the dye.
- Repeat this rinsing process with the rest of the eggs.
- Dry all of the eggs with paper towels.
Peeling the Eggs
- Crack the shells and peel the eggs. This will reveal the beautiful net-like pattern.
Mom Maven’s Thoughts
We had a lot of fun making these eggs. We did have a lot of trouble peeling the eggs. The 7yo didn’t have the patience to help peel the eggs and after a while neither did the adults. We pushed through and completed the task but it took us a very long time to carefully peel the eggs. Maybe we did something wrong when we cooked them, I don’t know but peeling was tedious and time-consuming. We chose to make deviled eggs for our family Easter celebration with the marbled Easter eggs. Some of our family thought the eggs looked too strange to eat but I sure liked them!
Have you ever made marbled Easter eggs? Will you give it a try this year?