As our children get older, certain secret holiday traditions get out-ed and modified. It’s bitter sweet in a way, but one tradition that will always keep around here is decorating Easter eggs. The kids love to decorate eggs, and these days the decorating has become a little tricked out, from decoupaged, to hand painted, and now to marbleizing.
Marbleizing Easter eggs is easy, and all you need is disposable plastic containers, cheery nail polish colors, water, and blown out eggs. First, how to blow out an egg, and the secret is to start with room temperature eggs.
Holding the egg over a bowl, take a hat pin or a T pin and carefully poke a hole in the top of an egg. Expand the hole by poking around the original hole ever so slightly. Turn the egg over and poke another hold on the bottom, and continue to poke around the hole until you get the size of a small skewer. Take a thin skewer and carefully poke around the inside of the egg, breaking up the egg yolk and whites. Take an ear blower, and carefully (I feel like I’m saying carefully a lot, but you’re working with a delicate shell) place the tip on the top smaller hole and blow until the entire egg comes out and falls into the bowl. Place empty shell in a bowl of warm soapy water. Once you have finished blowing out all the eggs, carefully clean and rinse the empty shells. Take out and dry.
Now for the marbleizing. Fill plastic container 3/4 full of water. With a disposable skewer, swirl the water and then pour in nail polish. Place egg in swirly water, and toss around with the skewer. Remove and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Let dry completely before touching.
Here are a few things I would recommend: Use metal tongs to remove egg shell from polish to keep your hands from getting covered in polish. Also, work in a well-ventilated area as the nail polish smell is potent.
Great and fun craft for the kids, and as long as you’re careful, the shells will last for years.