Martha's Marbled Easter Eggs

Being crafty and loving to bake and cook, I of course have been a huge Martha Stewart fan over the years. I love her clever ideas. So I am not surprised that she came up with this utterly amazing way to dye eggs more than ten years ago. I have seen it shared and passed around Facebook more than a few times each spring and just had to try it for myself....and once I tried it, I just had to share !

I already shared my method for dyeing eggs using natural ingredients from your kitchen.  And of course if you have breeds that lay a rainbow of colored eggs, you don't even need to dye them.

But if you really want some stunning Easter eggs this year, try this method of marbling them.  Here is the link to the original tv show and the how-to from I made a few small changes but used the same basic oil and vinegar method.

I decided to use cooked eggs, so first I steamed a dozen eggs and let them cool.  I used our brown, cream and white eggs, but after dying a few, decided the brown eggs came out too muddy, so I stuck with just white and cream-colored eggs.

You can also blow out the eggs  instead of cooking them, if you want to keep the eggs.

The Materials

One dozen white eggs (I used hard boiled)
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
Food coloring (I used Wilton Gel Paste)
Kitchen tongs

The Method

In several small bowls, mix 1 Tablespoon white vinegar with 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil. Add a cup of warm water to each bowl and then scrape in some food coloring gel with a toothpick and sort of swirl it around. 

I use the Wilton Gel Paste food coloring when I bake because it results in more vibrant colors (plus it comes in neat colors like lavender, leaf green and peach, so you don't have to mix anything!), so that's what I used here.  I mixed up six different bowls using : aster mauve, creamy peach, buttercup yellow, leaf green, delphinium blue and violet.

Then, using metal tongs, dip each egg into a bowl of color and sort of roll it to cover it with the dye. Roll the egg a few times until you're happy with the results and then lay it sideways in an egg carton to dry.

When you've done all the eggs, dip each one a second time into a different color and roll it a few times until you get a marbled effect. Allow the eggs to dry completely, lying sideways in the egg carton, then gently blot each egg with a paper towel to remove the excess oil.

As you can see, the results are nothing short of stunning...and each egg comes out completely different, even when dipped in the exact same colors.

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  1. Lisa,if I use regular food coloring will it work?
    Sandra Miller

  2. I need to try these. My daughter would love the marble effect. Yours came out great!

  3. I can't WAIT to try this with my kids!! Thanks Lisa! :D

  4. I know its after Easter egg dying time but I may do it just for fun!

  5. My kids and I did this for Easter, and they turned out really well! They were really pretty, and the kids dipped them in alternating colors. Some looked like they had galaxies of stars; others had 2-3 different colors. We may do it again soon just because it's fun!


  6. I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here:

  7. I may have to buy white eggs, the girls lay only shades of brown! I'll try the lightest ones! I'm into decorating cakes so I use these and powdered colors, I think experiments are in the near future!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Would you believe that I raise Andalusians purely for their white eggs so I can dye them! I also have white duck eggs. If you bake, you should consider raising some ducks. Their eggs are excellent in baked goods.

  8. Oh Lisa, those are so cool! What else is cool is that we have a bunch of those Wilton colors because my daughter loves to decorate cakes! Ohhh, now we need to try this!

    Thanks for sharing all three posts on egg dying this time around! :D

    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

    1. Sorry didn't mean to hog the fest but all 3 methods are really pretty neat...these are so fun to make tho and each one comes out completely different.

  9. Love this. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.