DIY Nail Polish Marbled Easter Eggs

Nail Polish Marbled EggsDid 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!

Nail Polish Marble Flower

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.

Purple Marbled Nail Polish Egg

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.

 

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Step 1

 Open GalleryBrown and White EggsBuy eggs. Brown or white will work. White is better canvas for neon colors, but I really liked using pastels against the brown.

Step 2

 Open GalleryBoiling EggsBoil eggs. Excuse me. For my foodie friends: Hard-cook eggs. You could do all that fancy hollowing out business but who has time for all that drilling and carefully blowing the yokes out?

Step 3

 Open GalleryNail Polish Marbled Eggs Supplies Assemble materials. You will need eggs, plastic cups, water, nail polish, toothpick and a drop cloth (thanks Kelly!) because this seems like it would be a contained project but has the potential to get really messy.

Step 4

 Open GalleryNail Polish in Cold Water Fill your cups with room temperature water. If the water is too hot or too cold the nail polish won’t float. It will sink down the to bottom in lava lamp-esque drops. Pretty cool to watch, though they won’t float back up. You get one shot when you pour the polish.

Step 5

 Open GalleryNail Polish Marble Pattern in CupPour your polishes into a plastic cup. Experiment with pouring in a circular pattern or swirl as you pour. This will create more intricate patterns later. 3-4 colors makes the best marble affect. Try using complementary colors, too.

Step 6

 Open GallerySwirl Nail Polish With Toothpick Take a toothpick and gentle comb through the layer of polish, swirling as you go. You want to pull the different globs of polish together without mixing the colors.

Step 7

 Open GalleryDipping Egg in Marble Nail PolishPlace an egg between your index finger and thumb and gently submerge into the cup. The layer of polish that was floating in the water should cling to the egg. Hold the egg in the water for a couple of seconds before gently pulling out of the water.

Step 8

 Open GalleryNail Polish Marbled EggPlace the egg somewhere to dry for an hour or so. You can reuse the egg carton for this, but place some paper towels under the carton just in case. Some of Michele’s polish ate through the Styrofoam!

Step 9

 Open GalleryMarbled Nail Polish EggPlace your new marbled eggs on display and let your friends think you hand-painted each one with fancy paint. Or you could let them in on the secret and marble more things!

Materials

  • Eggs
  • Nail polish
  • Toothpick
  • Drop cloth
  • Plastic cups
  • Water
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4 Responses

  1. sohera says:

    read my post on yellow nail color by luscious cosmetics.

  2. Kelly says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous!

    However, there is a concern about doing eggs this way. Egg shells are porous, and what you put on the surface can find its way inside. That's why the Easter egg kits you buy in the store use food-safe vegetable dyes, not nail polish. Probably at the worst you'll end up with some nasty-tasting hard-boiled eggs, but I'd be a little concerned about the safety aspect too.

  3. Stephanie says:

    What a great idea! We'll definitely be trying this tomorrow afternoon!

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