Skip to main content

How to make marblized Easter eggs with nail polish

Easter is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to start thinking about fun projects you can do with the family. One of the best things to do is Easter egg crafts. There is no shortage of ways to decorate Easter eggs—there are traditional box dyes, stickers, wax crayons, and a really unique way of using nail polish.

Easter egg nail polish dye is actually not a dye at all but rather a marbling method that is fun and simple without the mess of a dye (which is a bonus when there are kids are involved). All you need is a few ingredients, and you’ll be on your way to gorgeous, ribboned Easter eggs!

colorful Easter eggs

Gather supplies

The best part about this method of coloring eggs is you only need a few ingredients to make stand-out Easter eggs in tons of bright, vibrant colors. And, as a bonus, you can use up all your old nail polish that’s been lying around since last summer.

Recommended Videos

In addition to the nail polish, grab a few medium-sized plastic containers, a slotted spoon, wooden skewers or popsicle sticks, latex gloves, and hard-boiled eggs. Keep in mind that you should have one plastic container for each color of nail polish you plan on using, and enough eggs for trial and error, especially if this is your first time dyeing eggs using this method.

Hard-boiled eggs in a carton atop a marble counter
Roble de Invernio/Unsplash

Set up the water

Place room temperature water into the plastic container and pour a few drops of each nail polish color onto the water’s surface. The nail polish should spread out over the top of the water when you stir gently with a stick or skewer, so if the polish sinks, the water is either too hot or too cold. Unfortunately, there’s no hard science behind choosing the correct water temperature, since every brand of nail polish will react differently to water, so just do your best! And be sure to do this in a well-ventilated space to avoid an excess of nail polish fumes.

If you want a multi-colored marbled egg, you can also add more than one color of nail polish to a single container. To achieve this look, add several drops of each polish color to the water, then use a popsicle stick or skewer to swirl the colors together. Take some time to practice because how you order the colors you put into the water will change the egg’s appearance. There are no wrong options here, but if you’re going for specific colors or designs to match other Easter decor, practice makes perfect.

marbled Easter eggs
Anna Horchuk/Shutterstock

Dip and dye

To get the perfect marbled look, you can dip the eggs in one of three ways: by hand, with tongs or with a slotted spoon.

Dipping eggs by hand is a great way to maintain control of your marbled design, but be sure to use latex gloves if you are dipping by hand because the nail polish will stick to your fingers. It can easily be taken care of in the end with nail polish remover, but if you want to keep things mess-free, gloves are the way to go.

You can also grab a pair of tongs and dip your eggs into the water mixture that way. It’s a simple hands-free option that is ideal for older kids who want to do the dyeing themselves but could still cause a mess. Make sure you rinse off the tongs right away to avoid permanent nail polish staining, and give the tongs a good wash after the fun is over.

Finally, a slotted spoon is widely considered the most popular egg-dipping method. This is great for little kids who just want the experience of dunking an egg in dye and watching it come out with color. The slotted spoon method will displace the nail polish dye resting atop the water, so if you’re going for a more complex marbled design, this might not be the method for you.

marbling Easter eggs

Dry and enjoy

After the eggs are dyed to satisfaction, place them on a plate covered in paper towels or on egg stands and wait for them to dry. As the water-nail polish combo dries, you’ll see the marbled pattern emerge further as water runs off the egg in some sections and remains in others. Unlike watching paint dry, your kids might love watching the marbled pattern take shape with every passing moment.

And then it’s time to enjoy! Make sure you toss them or eat the eggs within a week of cooking them to avoid any food-borne illnesses. If you hide them around your home for the kids to find, we recommend counting the eggs before you find them; otherwise, the smell will find you later on if one gets left behind.

Marbling Easter eggs is the perfect afternoon project for families to get into the Easter spirit. It doesn’t take long to do, but once you get into it and see the results, you’ll definitely add it to your yearly Easter prep. Collect your favorite polish colors, gather the family, and get crafting!

Editors' Recommendations

Julie Scagell
Former Digital Trends Contributor
I am a freelance writer based in Minneapolis, MN. My passions include my dogs, talking about my dogs, and taking pictures of…
How to find studs in walls if you don’t have a stud finder
These simple DIY methods will help you locate the studs
Woman posing by a house stud frame being constructed

You’ve likely come across one or two projects that require the use of a stud finder. Whether you're hanging heavy artwork or anchoring furniture to the wall, knowing exactly where your studs are located is necessary. But what should you do if you don’t have a stud finder?

Here are a few methods on how to find studs in walls without a stud finder.
What is a wall stud?

Read more
How to hang curtains: A complete guide
Give your windows the treatment they deserve with professional-looking curtain installation
Curtains in large living room

Are you looking to add a touch of style and functionality to your living space? Curtains serve both practical and aesthetic purposes in a room. They not only block out light and offer privacy, but they also contribute to the overall decor. However, to achieve the desired effect, it's crucial to hang your curtains correctly. From selecting the right size curtains and rod to choosing the appropriate mounting options, every step plays a crucial role in ensuring your window treatments look their best. Let's walk through everything you need to know about how to hang curtains like a pro.
What size curtains should you have?

Choosing the correct size curtains is essential for achieving a polished look in your space. Curtains that are too short, too long, or an improper width can disrupt the balance of the room and detract from its overall appeal.
Curtain width
For example, the total width of your curtain panels should be approximately two times the width of your window. This ensures that when the curtains are drawn, they fully cover the window without looking stretched.
Curtain length
When it comes to length, your curtains should hang just above the floor. Curtains that are too short can make the room appear smaller, while those that are too long can create a messy, unkempt look. Additionally, curtains that pool on the floor collect dust and dirt easily. Aim to hang the top of the curtain between 4 and 6 inches above the top of the window frame for optimal aesthetics.
What size curtain rod should you have?

Read more
How to hand-wash clothes (so you don’t ruin those special garments)
Save your favorite fabrics from damage the right way
Female hands washing fabric under faucet

Hand-washing clothes may seem like a chore from another era, but it's a skill that can save many of your delicate and cherished garments from wear and tear. Whether you're dealing with vintage lace or a favorite cashmere sweater, knowing how to hand-wash clothes properly can extend the life of your garments and keep them looking their best for years to come. Here's our step-by-step laundry guide to help you through the hand-washing process.
When should you hand-wash your clothes?

Knowing when to opt for hand-washing over tossing your clothes in the machine is crucial. Any garment labeled as "hand-wash only" should be treated with care to avoid damage. Additionally, items made from delicate fabrics such as silk, wool, or lace should also be hand-washed to prevent stretching, shrinking, or tearing.
Is "delicate" the same as "hand-wash?"

Read more