The traditional dip-dying method has stood the test of time. It’s a foolproof way to get pastel hues & basic two-tone Easter eggs. This year, it’s time to amp up the atheistic, and I have a must-try tutorial that does just that! Each egg is uniquely lacquered in a psychedelic pattern of your creation. (caution, these eggs are not for eating once died) This is a simple way to veer from the traditional path for dying eggs, and it only requires a few materials that you will already have lying around the house. Give your celebration a creative twist & try out these water-marbled easter eggs!
What you will need:
- Hardboiled Eggs
- Nail Polish
- Hot Glue
- Wire rack
To start fill a disposable cup or bowl with tap-water, about an inch or so from the top of the container.
Next, choose 3+ shades of nail polish that compliment each other. Pour thin layers of polish, one at a time in the same spot– you will see thin rings of each shade. A light coating will dry rapidly, so the less polish you use, the smoother your eggs will be.
Use a tooth pick, or in this case, I used a bit or floral wire since it was handy. Pull out-ward from the center color and repeat clockwise. This will give your egg a Sputnik pattern. You have two options here: you may use your fingers to hold the egg– but this will ruin any existing manicure & keep you from getting a full cover of paint on the sides of the egg, OR you can use the simple hack I show on the second paint option!
Another method is to add your nail polish in thin pours in different sectors of the vessel. Then once they make a solid surface, swirl them with a clean toothpick.
Choose a side of the egg that will face up, and one that will serve as the “back-side.” Then, Cut a 1 foot length of twine, fold in half, and hold onto both ends. Secure the loop-end to the surface of the egg with a dab of hot glue and let it dry fully.
Clip your clothespins onto a drying rack with enough space in between so that the egg can balance paint-side up until it’s dry. Next, you can remove the twine very gently and reuse it on another egg.
Comment below if you give this DIY a try!
*In the years that have passed since I wrote this tutorial, Artificial Easter Eggs have emerged on the market, I highly recommend opting for them. That way you’re not wasting all of the eggs (as the polish is toxic) and you’ll have them for years to come for decorating for the Holiday!