Trust us when we say dyeing Easter eggs is much, much easier than it’s made out to be. Forget those dyeing kits. You can dye eggs with what you already have in your pantry! Of course, different finishes mean different methods. There’s splattering, marbleising, tartan patterning, or a simple single colour finish. There are a lot of different and fun styles for you to choose from. But whatever you choose to do, dyeing your own Easter eggs is a beautiful and creative touch to your celebrations.
Here’s our foolproof step-by-step recipe on how to marble dye your eggs.
Photo by @laurel_styling
• Eggs (whole eggs by hard boiling or hollow eggs – for hollow eggs, follow the below instructions)
• Food colouring (liquid or icing gels work)
• Olive oil
• 1x small drinking glass
• 1x cooling rack
• Several small bowls
• Wooden skewer, spoon, or fork to handle eggs
If you choose to hollow your eggs, here’s how to do it:
1) Use a thumbtack or pin to poke a hole at each end of your egg. Use a wooden skewer to make the holes a little bit bigger to get the insides out.
2) Hold the egg over a bowl and blow into one of the holes to force the egg whites and yolk out the other end. If you’re struggling to get the insides out, use the wooden skewer again to make the hole bigger.
3) Gently rinse the eggs when they’re empty. Lightly pat the eggs dry or leave it on a safe spot to air dry.
1) Mix 1 cup of very hot water with your food colour of choice and 1tsp vinegar. The eggs need to be dyed a single and solid colour first before any marbling.
• If you’re using liquid food colouring, use 10 drops of colour to start off with. You can always add more to make the desired colour intensity
• If you’re using icing gels, scoop a small amount with a toothpick and dissolve it in the water.
2) Once the colour is fully incorporated in the water, submerge an egg in the coloured water. Stick a wooden skewer into one of the holes to gently keep the egg underwater for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can use a spoon or fork to keep the egg underwater.
3) When you’re happy with the colour of your egg, remove it from the water and let it dry on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
4) To marbleise your eggs, fill a small bowl or container with about 1 inch of fresh water. Choose your second colour and mix a generous amount in the water. The second colour should be darker and more intense in colour than the first colour of your egg.
5) Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to the water. Stir gently to create swirls and bubbles on top of the water. Place a coloured egg into the oily water. Roll the egg around and hold it in place for a few seconds to let the egg absorb some colour
• Tip! The longer you roll the egg around in the oil, the more marbled your eggs will be.
6) Remove the egg and let it dry on the cooling rack. Gently wipe the eggs with a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
And et voilà! You’ve got beautifully marbled eggs! Repeat the process as many times and in as many colours with as many eggs you want. Happy Easter!