Salad Dressing Easter Eggs: Simple, Marbled Beauty

DIY Marbled Easter EggsTo say that this technique for dying Easter eggs is simple is an understatement. My daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed creating these gorgeous, marbled Easter eggs with basic salad dressing ingredients and food coloring. What follows is my spin on Martha Stewart’s concept.

 Salad Dressing Easter Egg Ingredients

2 cups warm water (MS uses 3)
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Food coloring (MS uses 15-20 drops of liquid food coloring; I tried the liquid colors but far prefer the results from Wilton icing gel colors)
Wilton Gel Food Colors

MS used hard cooked, white eggs and dyed them first in a pale color. I used pre-colored, fresh-from-the-hen eggs in blue, green, white and brown hues, most of which were hand-blown.Egg drying rack made with common pins and foam board.

My 4 year old made the MS drying rack with common pins space apart in 1″ blocks.
egg drying rack made from an egg carton and toothpicks
2 toothpicks bound with masking tape, stuck into an egg carton works great too.
We made MS’s egg-drying rack from foam board and flat-head pins. It worked, but no better than my egg carton/toothpick drying rack, which I’ve used with my blown eggs for years.Swirl food gel through the water, vinegar, oil mixture with a fork without dissolving it completely.In shallow dishes, add the salad dressing ingredients, gently and briefly swirling a fork through it. I found that the best effects were achieved when undissolved particles of the gel coloring remain on the bottom and edges of the bowl.
Gel food coloring flecks in the mixture make for dramatic effects on the Easter Eggs
Briefly roll an egg in the salad dressing, remove and dry with a paper towel. Roll or dip in additional colors if desired.
Briefly roll an egg in the salad dressing, remove and dry the Easter egg with a paper towel.
This technique was simple enough for my 4 year old to master.
Dry marbled Easter egg in paper towels after coloring.
Dry with paper towel.
Easter eggs on drying rack made of common pins and foam board
Hard cooked eggs do not require additional drying after wiping off with the
paper towel, but the inside of a blown egg will.
Marbled Easter eggs retain a glossy sheen from the oil even after being wiped dry!
The eggs retain a glossy sheen from the oil.
Marbled Easter Eggs
Even the mess leftover after making marbled Easter eggs was beautiful!
Even the mess at the end was beautiful!

Happy Easter from my peeps to yours!Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®This post is shared with: Cheerios & Lattes , Glitter, Glue & PaintLavender Garden Cottage

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arlene
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need to try thjis

TheChickenChick
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Let me know how it goes, Julie!

Julie Lynch
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Beautiful! I'm trying this tomorrow!

TheChickenChick
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Did you use gel food coloring? The liquid stuff isn't going to give you an impressive marbling.

Pat MacDonald Piroska
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Pat MacDonald Piroska

these are really pretty. going to have to do these.

Julie Sellmeyer
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Love this! Thanks for sharing!

jla
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Mine did not come out very pretty. I'm not sure of the method to color them. I followed the recipe but the eggs barely took color and didn't have the pretty marbling. Also I should have followed your advice of using 2 toothpicks taped together. One toothpick, even with small blown eggs was not strong enough to support them as they dried.