Ever since coming across this DIY on Design Mom, I’ve been waiting for just the right opportunity to do some major marbling. When I sat down to brainstorm projects for the upcoming Easter holiday, I thought about how the vivid shades of nail polish would be perfect for marbling Easter eggs… and didn’t they turn out pretty? Making these is rather addictive: I couldn’t stop playing around with different color combinations and dipping just about everything in sight into the swirly waters. But the most fun part was seeing how each egg turned out completely different. Keep reading to see how it’s done!

  1. Pour a few drops of each nail polish color onto the water surface. Be sure to experiment with the step as the order you pour the colors results in varying marbleization.
  2. Use a stick to swirl nail polish around.
  3. Carefully submerge the drained egg into the water until completely covered, then quickly pull out.
  4. Set egg aside to dry. Scoop out nail polish from water surface between eggs, and repeat steps 1-4 for each. tip: create an egg drying rack like the one pictured by poking t-pins through a thick foam board, about 1.5-inches apart.

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  1. 1
    Jess Simpson March 25, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    How. adorable.

    I’m in LOOOOOVE with this idea! No stinky vinegar involved!

    • Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. March 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Riiiiiight?! Vinegar is the worst part of Easter.


    • Poma March 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      I don’t know about you but the smell of nail polish is 10x worse than vinegar to me lol

      • Lisa March 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        Just use piggy paint 🙂 no smell and non toxic so kids can help!

        • Kim March 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

          What is piggy paint?

          • Jenny March 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

            Yes, What is piggy paint and can you use it on hardboiled eggs that we would eat later?

          • Rosehip April 11, 2014 at 10:06 am


        • Heather March 24, 2015 at 2:36 am

          Hi…I just wanted to mention that piggy paint, although claiming to be safe for use while pregnant, contains neem oil. It can cause infertility, harm a man’s sperm count, and can even cause miscarriage. It can be unsafe for children, pregnant women (or women trying to become pregnant), people with multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or diabetes…just to name a few. While I realize most of the danger comes from ingesting neem oil, I can easily picture a small child picking up a bottle and wanting to see what it tastes like. Serious side effects in infants and small children can happen within hours after taking neem oil. These serious side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, blood disorders, seizures, loss of consciousness, coma, brain disorders, and death. Maybe it’s not as safe as they claim….

      • Inga March 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        nuh uh i LOVE the smell of nail polish

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    redkiwiquilts March 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    So cute!!! Is it ok to eat the eggs after doing this?

    • Chanel Dror March 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks so much! This version was actually made with eggs that had the yolk + whites drained out of the bottom, so they were just the hollow shell. I think I’d be wary to eat an egg that was dipped in nail polish, but you may have some luck googling to find the correct answer!

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    Leah // Freutcake March 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    So brilliant! I am dying to try these.

    • asia September 2, 2017 at 6:45 am

      So cute, love this DIY! Cords can be soo annoying, but you’ve just made them a little bit tolerable.
      xo Quinn

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    Miro - Dose of Dash March 25, 2013 at 1:30 pm


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    Leslie March 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    WOW! I can’t wait to try this! These will make a lovely hostess gift as we are traveling to be with family this Easter. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

    And Then The Doorbell Rang

    • Camille Styles March 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Love the idea of these as a hostess gift! I’d love to receive a basket of these to unpack every year at Easter…

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    cassie {hi sugarplum} March 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Gorgeous!! I did this at christmas time with ornaments, but used spraypaint instead. I love this idea with nail polish! Your projects always amaze, Camille!

    • Camille Styles March 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Oooh, I bet the marbleized ornaments were gorgeous! What a pretty idea.

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    mbstrawn March 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    SO beautiful! this is my favorite egg design I have seen yet 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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    Haeley @ Design Improvised March 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Wow, awesome idea – so clever to think of using nail polish! I think I’m going to try this with my 3 year old daughter with her favorite shades of pink, hot pink and purple!

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    Constance posey March 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    What a beautifully crafted blog – snippets of so many interesting things will be coming back to visit more often xxx

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    Quinn Cooper March 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    What a fantastic idea! Very creative and unique. I would love to do this but with blue, purple and green. Can’t wait to give it a try.
    xo Quinn
    Quinn Cooper Style

    • Chanel Dror March 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Oooh love that color combo. The possibilities are endless! Glad you like it 🙂

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    Lindsay {Everistta} March 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Amazing idea!

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    Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. March 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    This is amazing and so gorgeous! I am definitely tackling marbling eggs next Saturday.


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    julia @ life on churchill March 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    nail polish! what a great idea!

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    Trendsurvivor March 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    That is a nice easter DIY. Love it.
    See you in my blog, maybe.

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    Kelly March 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Putting one at every place setting, gorgeous idea–love it!

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    Tara March 26, 2013 at 11:02 am

    They look absolutely gorgeous. Love the idea.
    I am going to make this with my family.

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    Janelle March 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    They turned out gorgeous! Such a fun idea and so sweet at each place setting.

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    Stacey Inocencio March 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I am so glad I found this version – I just pinned another one but they only marbled half the egg so the rest was plain ;( Now I can work with these and keep them for many years 🙂 Thanks – oh and i can use the eggs for french toast on Easter –

    • Chanel Dror March 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Love that resourcefulness!! Hope you have a happy holiday 🙂

    • Camille Styles March 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Yum – perfect way to use those eggs up!

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    kristiegarner March 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Am going to be trying this tonight! Drained the eggs this morning (which I bet is the hardest part!) Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

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    Kaleigh Newman March 30, 2013 at 11:09 am

    does the water have to be hot or cold when putting eggs in?

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    cindy March 31, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    cant wait to try these out they look soo awesome!!!!!!!

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    cooking with audrey April 5, 2013 at 1:47 am

    love love love love these! so simple, so pretty, so perfect.

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    sofia greece May 1, 2013 at 6:45 am

    should water be cold or hot ?
    is there any special tip?
    thanks !

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    MOT1177 March 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Very beautiful! Do you eat these afterwards?? Seems very unsafe…. Supposedly nail Polish is harmful to your bodies when just applied on your nails.

    • Camille Styles March 3, 2014 at 10:08 am

      These should definitely NOT be eaten afterwards… for decorative purposes only!! 🙂

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    Barbara Towe March 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Dumb??? I don’t know how to get the egg out of the shell. I would love to do these with my grand children. Will someone please help me?

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    jennifer zacher March 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    To drain the egg (which I never bother to do) you poke a pin hole in each end of the egg and gently blow out the innards. If you wish to keep your decorated egg, this would be necessary. Since we just throw out the eggs after a week or so, I don’t bother with this step.
    You can also use acrylic paint for the marbling, but you must swirl it quickly because it thins with water.

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    Amanda Formaro March 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Since Facebook is notorious for not letting page owners know when I tag them, I thought I would stop by myself and let you know I featured this post and my readers loved it! https://www.facebook.com/CraftsbyAmanda/photos/pb.323548680216.-2207520000.1395952982./10153979834435217/?type=3&theaterter

    • Camille Styles March 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks so much Amanda – really appreciate it! 🙂

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    Beula Dvorak March 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I hope to try these with my grandchildren next week…… except we will cooked eggs in the same manner that the Amana Colonies do when they color theirs with furniture glue & dye. The egg dries after time leaving a yolk type feeling to the egg if you shake it. I’ve had my Amana eggs for many years and have held up well, except to the little inquisitive fingers of grandchildren.

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    Robin Hayes April 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Glitter nail polish would look awesome on these!

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    jen April 10, 2014 at 6:25 am

    u could also use the non edible dying eggs they have at the store for the fun of the poject

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    marjorie April 12, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    LOVE how these turned out! I wore rubber gloves to keep all the polish off my fingers and then smeared the polish a bit for better coverage. And, yes, glitter polish looks awesome. 🙂
    FYI – I blew the eggs and froze them. For regular baking and cooking, just defrost them.

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    Lara April 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Wonder if you could use wood eggs painted white then dry over night with this?

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    sanjarh April 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Actually, the eggs on the photos are only shells with a hole on the bottom so the person can hold them. I’ve just tried with eggs that were just boiled and it’s pretty difficult but I am not sure it they have become unsafe for eating now.

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    Amy Persechini April 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    This was not very successful for us. As soon as we tried swirling the nail polish, it globbed all up and gathered on the toothpick in a clump. At first I thought it was because I was using old nail polish. So I went out and bought more. Same result. Did anyone else have problems with this method?

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    SaveOn April 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Beautiful, Chanel. We included this DIY in our Easter crafts blog last week: http://bit.ly/1ptsMbq

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    shawndra June 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    It looks great but what about any toxins from the polish leaching into the eggs…? I think I’d try this with hollow eggs (though not sure how you’d get them to sink below the surface of the water…?).

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    Lola April 2, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I tried this and it did not turn out good at all. All the nail polish stuck to the stick and it was so hard to not touch the nail polish on the egg. Hoe are you supposed to set it down without it getting messed up?

    • Chanel Dror April 2, 2015 at 11:53 am

      Sorry to hear that, Lola! I didn’t have any of the problems you listed above, but maybe try swirling with the stick more gently, and using just the tip of the stick? Once you set the egg down to dry, a little bit of the polish might get messed up, but it should still look pretty good!

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    Shirley April 2, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    I have not read all the comments in case someone already mentioned this, but thought I’d share that Wal-Mart has dye-able eggs if you are wanting to keep them year after year. I have not checked elsewhere – they are $1.98 for 12 eggs, come in a cardboard-type egg carton and even have a dipped included. I am going back the day after Easter and hoping they will be half price for use next year. I love this idea and will be trying it on these eggs this weekend. Thanx

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    Nicole Lytle July 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    This is an excellent idea to keep the children occupied

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    Bonnie Turberville March 3, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I found some white wooden eggs at Hobby Lobby and I plan on drilling holes on one end and adding a small eyelet screw. This will help keep the polish off my hands and with string through the eyelets used for dipping I can also use fro hanging to dry.. I’ll let you know how the whole process turns out. One good thing is. I canhopefully uses the eggs for years to come and add new colors to them if need be to match my decor. Looking forward to this fun project.

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    Sherri March 26, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Is this safe to eat the eggs after?

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    Lynn Harrison April 5, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    I think I might have used too much polish. A few drops didn’t look like enough. Do you know about how many drops you used? I used plastic eggs.

    • mary tonello April 9, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      This does not work. I tried 18 eggs. The polish does not marble. It sticky and in strings or blobs of polish which I pulled off to pushed onto egg.
      I did try add polish remover and it did work better. I ran out of polish by then.
      The best marble coloring use to be sold in little rabbit bottles with rabbit ears stoppers. I have tried many ways and tried to find that old Easter egg dye kit but nothing compares to that old Rabbit Easter egg Kit.
      FUI. My grandfather had a tavern at the turn of the century and later. I was about 5 then. Grandfather beautiful boiled 3 dozen eggs with no green. Color them with the rabbit kit and keep them on the bar for customers. He also had raw eggs available to add to beer

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    Malisha Mishel September 22, 2018 at 6:48 am

    How sweet! I have fallen in love with it!!! I’m an avid DIYer and always try to be busy with some new projects. Was searching for a unique idea to start. The marbleized Easter eggs made me stop and crazy to make it asap! In a hurry to start. Wish me good luck! 🙂



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