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Make decorative marbled eggs

Through easy to follow step-by-step instructions and photographs, we’ll show you how to create this marbled effect using materials found in your own home.

To make the decorative eggs, you'll need:

  • Six large white, blown eggs (these can be hard boiled if preferred. NB. They are not edible.)
  • Nail varnish (we’ve used blue, but any colour can be used!)
  • Container
  • Warm water (cold water will make the nail varnish sink)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Stirring stick (we used a bamboo skewer)
  • 24 berry pins & 2 thick sponge cloths for your drying rack (see image below)
  • Table cloth/protector

Step 1: Getting started

IMPORTANT: Before you start, ensure your working area is well ventilated and you've protected the surface you are working on.

Wearing your gloves, add a few drops of nail varnish to the warm water and swirl with the stick.

Step 2: Marbling the first egg

Put your first egg into the water and swirl it around (the stick can be used if preferred) so a random pattern begins to form. Continue re-dipping the egg until you are happy with the pattern.    

Step 3: Dry the egg

Place the first marbled egg on your drying pins. Any drips should be absorbed by the sponge.

Step 4: Repeat the process

Repeat the process with each egg, adding in more nail varnish as required. If your water begins to cool, replace with warm water.

Step 5: Dry your eggs

Leave all the eggs to dry on your pins overnight.

Your finished marbled eggs

Congratulations! You've made marbled eggs.

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