Did you know you can use nail polish to dye your Easter eggs? Not just tint them. Marbleize them. It’s the same technique as marbling nail polish on your fingernails, but when you pour polish over water, it floats, creating a thin layer of paint that will stick to eggs. Science!
Michele and I combined our nail polish collections (turns out we both gravitate toward the same color scheme) and “dip-dyed” about two dozen eggs. The process was just as much fun as the result. The louder colors worked best. And just like painting your nails, the more expensive, high-quality polish coated the eggs more evenly. We didn’t have any luck with glitter polishes (which, if you know me, was pretty devastating) but I still like how the bright eggs turned out.
Once you’ve mastered this (and it’s totally easy) don’t stop at Easter. You could marble tons of things with nail polish. Picture frames, pots, notebooks. But, listen. Whatever you marble, whenever you marble, promise me you will not do this indoors. I won’t even accept a screened-in porch. Go outside. I really wish there was a pledge people had to take before reading the how-to below. Sure, this is a quick project, especially if you only do a couple of eggs. But you’ll need a lot of nail polish, which means a lot of fumes.
I’m serious. Go outside.
Also: Wear gloves. Unless you want marbled fingers.
Check out the how-to below and start marbling everything in your life. Or if you’re looking for more last-minute Easter ideas, Ellen has a great post on dyed egg air plant planters, eggs planted with cat grass, and ornate eggs covered with natural materials.
UPDATE: Please, don’t eat the eggs. I know. They’re totally cooked. But they’re also totally covered with nail polish. Consider that.