My favorite Easter activity growing up was by far decorating Easter eggs. Sure, I enjoyed the eggs hunts and visiting the Easter bunny at the mall, but decorating eggs was the highlight of the holiday for me.
I loved coloring them and making them pretty. I would have grand dreams of how I wanted my Easter eggs to look and in my 5 year-old mind, I nailed them every time.
For some reason, as you start to get older, there’s this natural progression that happens and you just stop decorating Easter eggs – at least until you have little kids to decorate them with again.
But why do you have to be a kid to decorate Easter eggs? What’s wrong with wanting to have some fun and be festive? Well, here’s the truth: you don’t have to be a kid to decorate eggs and there’s nothing wrong with having some good, old-fashioned, festive fun!
In fact, this past weekend I tried out a new decorating technique that I think adults and kids alike will love! It’s called marbling, and it uses things you probably already have around the house; you don’t even need to go buy those dying packets from the grocery store.
With just some nail polish, boiled eggs and a bowl of water, you can have beautiful marbled eggs! Check out how I did it.
- Boiled eggs or plastic eggs
- A plastic container deep enough to completely submerge an egg
- Room-temperature water
- Nail polish
- A wooden stick or a straw
First, you’ll need to pick out what color nail polish you want to use.
I’m in love with classic black and white marble. Not pictured, but sitting just to the side of me is a desk lamp with a marble base and copper hardware. Needless to say it inspired my first color pick – black. I know it’s not very Easter-y but it’s so classic!
I wanted to try a lighter springy color too, so I chose a light coral color and a pinky red as well.
(Note: I suggest using a darker or more vibrant color. While the coral was pretty, it was harder to see.)
Now, just put a few drop of the nail polish on top of the water, and quickly and lightly swirl it around with the stick or straw.
Test out a few different ways of putting in drops of polish. Do a little, do a lot; you can even try layering the colors to get a cool effect.
Now is the fun part!
Gently drop your egg into the water and swirl it around a little bit. Then gently lift the egg out of the water and place it on a drying rack.
I actually used a baking rack and it worked perfect. You can also place pins into a piece of Styrofoam or cardboard and balance the egg on top of the Styrofoam.
If you have rubber gloves or tongs, you may want to use them to take the egg out. If any nail polish is still floating on the water, it will get on your fingers.
Now you just let them dry.
Mine dried pretty quickly; just a few minutes and they’ll be ready to go. Then you can use them for Easter egg hunts, as decorations or peel them and make them into an egg salad or whip up some deviled eggs!
If you’re going to peel them, take a picture first, because these eggs are going to be pretty.
Happy decorating! And don’t forget about the Easter baskets; check out these great ideas to make one on a budget.
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