Salad Dressing Easter Eggs: Simple, Marbled Beauty

To say that this technique for dying Easter eggs is simple is an understatement. My daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed creating these gorgeous, marbled Easter eggs with basic salad dressing ingredients and food coloring. What follows is my spin on Martha Stewart’s concept.

Rachel Divider

MS used hard cooked, white eggs and dyed them first in a pale color. I used pre-colored, fresh-from-the-hen eggs in blue, green, white and brown hues, most of which were hand-blown.

My 4 year old made the MS drying rack with common pins space apart in 1″ blocks.

We made MS’s egg-drying rack from foam board and flat-head pins. It worked, but no better than my egg carton/toothpick drying rack, which I’ve used with my blown eggs for years.

2 toothpicks bound with masking tape, stuck into an egg carton works great too.

SALAD DRESSING EASTER EGGS

INGREDIENTS

2 cups warm water (MS uses 3)
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
Food coloring (MS uses 15-20 drops of liquid food coloring; I tried the liquid colors but far prefer the results from Wilton icing gel colors)

LET’S MAKE IT!

In shallow dishes, add the salad dressing ingredients, gently and briefly swirling a fork through it. I found that the best effects were achieved when undissolved particles of the gel coloring remain on the bottom and edges of the bowl.

Briefly roll an egg in the salad dressing, remove and dry with a paper towel. Roll or dip in additional colors if desired.

This technique was simple enough for my 4 year old to master.

This technique was simple enough for my 4 year old to master.

Dry with paper towel.

Hard cooked eggs do not require additional drying after wiping off with the paper towel, but the inside of a blown egg will.

The eggs retain a glossy sheen from the oil.

The eggs retain a glossy sheen from the oil.  

Even the mess at the end was beautiful!



Happy Easter from my peeps to yours!


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Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Not sure Im understanding the drying process. Do you dry they off as soon as you take them out of the dye? What is the drying rack for if this is the case? They are beautiful and want to try it without messing it up

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick
Reply to  Anonymous

They are dried off as soon as they are removed from the dish. The drying rack is for the blown eggs as the liquid on the inside needs to dry out. The rack isn't necessary though.

There really is no way to mess up this project. Have fun!

Kelly
Kelly
9 years ago

Very cool!

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick
Reply to  Kelly

Agreed!

Tracey Merchant
9 years ago

Wow, what a wonderful idea! They are all so incredibly beautiful. Can't wait to try it!! Thank you 🙂

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick

It is amazing in its simplicity. I can see myself breaking out the gel colors again this week. It's not a big production to do just one or two colors and they're dry on the outside as soon as you're finished wiping them off. SO fun!

Kaylin McLeod
Kaylin McLeod
9 years ago

Those are truly beautiful eggs! When the colours were mixed, they looked marbelized too! So cool 🙂

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick
Reply to  Kaylin McLeod

Thanks Kaylin! We had so much fun making them.

Hobby Hill Farm
9 years ago

Those are beautiful! I should try those this weekend. Wish I had this last week when all the Wilton supplies were 1/2 off at Hancock Fabrics.

Kathy Mormino, the Chicken Chick

Thanks Sharon! These are the easiest colored eggs you will ever make and perhaps some of the most beautiful!
I used blown eggs so that we can enjoy these for years to come. Let me know how yours come out!

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