Have you wanted to create easy marbleized eggs by using food coloring and shaving cream? In this post I will walk you through the steps.
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Last week I shared with you that one of my bucket list items for spring, was to try out dying eggs using food coloring and shaving cream. This technique of dying eggs is unusual because it creates easy marbleized eggs. I came across this idea on Pinterest and was fascinated.
This weekend, I had some free time and I thought- l am going to make this project! Let’s see if this Pinterest idea actually works or if it’s a flop. (I find many Pinterest ideas don’t hold up when it comes to implementing them).
The first thing I learned with this technique – is that the eggs are NOT edible if you dye them using shaving cream because the egg shell is slightly porous. (Yuck -to the idea of eating shaving cream infused eggs). However, you can achieve the same marbleized egg effect using Cool Whip (instead of shaving cream) and the eggs are edible.
I decided to use shaving cream because I had some plastic eggs that I wanted to use. These plastic eggs are unique in that they have the texture of a real egg shell.
I also wanted to shared an Easter egg project my friend Cindy created over at Reinvented Delaware.
She made these hand painted wooden eggs and wrote a blog post with step by step instructions.
So now, let’s start the process for making these easy marbleized eggs.
Easy Marbleized Eggs
The first thing we need to do is gather our supplies. Some supplies, I have linked below, for your convenience. However, most of these things you can get at your local big box store.
- A can of shaving cream. NOTE – use shaving cream not shaving gel. –OR-
- A container (or 2) of Cool Whip
- A package of gel food coloring
- 6 small bowls that are deep enough to submerge an egg
- Hard boiled eggs or artificial eggs (linked below)
- Bamboo skewer or straw
- A roll of paper towels
- Vinyl gloves to protect your hands from getting dyed
Step 1: Make Dye
Using your bowls, squirt about half a cup of shaving cream into them. Add your food coloring to each bowl. Here is a TIP – you don’t want to add too many colors to each bowl. I kept it simple adding only one color or, at most, two colors.
I didn’t have a bamboo skewer readily available, so I used some straws to gently swirl the food coloring into the shaving cream. In order to get a marbleized effect, you want to have a variation in the shaving cream. For example, some areas had no dye, while other areas contained a strong color.
Ensuring that the food coloring is merely “swirled” into the shaving cream is what gives the eggs their marbleized appearance.
Step 2: Dye your Eggs
Once you have your bowls filled with shaving cream and food coloring gently swirled into the cream – it is time to dye your eggs. This step is easy. First, put on some gloves! You will need them. I used 3 pairs of gloves when I was dying the eggs to prevent cross contaminating the colors in each bowl. In other words, I didn’t want pink dye in my bowl with blue-green dye. As an aside, I keep a box of disposable gloves handy because I use them for multiple purposes – including stripping furniture, painting, and cleaning.
While wearing your gloves, put the egg into the shaving cream-dye mixture and use your fingers to turn the egg around and ensure it is completely covered with the shaving cream-dye mixture. Let the egg sit, completely covered, in this mixture for a few minutes.
Add the other eggs to the remaining bowls while your first egg is sitting in the dye mixture.
Scoop out your egg after about 5 minutes and place it on a paper towel. Gently wipe off the extra shaving cream mixture. Repeat this process for the remaining eggs in the other bowls.
When you are done, the eggs should look like the photo above. Can you see a few remaining specks of shaving cream? It’s ok to have some extra bits of shaving cream on your eggs. You can remove it later.
Step 3: Enjoy your Eggs
I had a few take aways.
- I would use Cool Whip if I used real eggs
- This could be really fun if you have kids who want to use this egg dying technique
- Clean up was really very easy – just rinse the shaving cream down the drain
- From start to finish it took me 30-40 minutes to dye 12 eggs
- I would definitely do this again
Here are some final photos of the marbleized eggs. If you want to try this process in the future, simply pin one or more of these images to your Pinterest account. Most people add them to a board entitled “Easter” or “Spring Crafts”. That way, in the future, all you need to do is find this image, click on it, and it will take you back to this post.
I love how the colors are so soft and yet you can still clearly see the marbleized effect.
I have some antique bottles from Maine dug out of the ground. These bottles made perfect “egg holders” and they allow you to better see the marbleized effect. You might recognize that bunny in the back from a recent MMS Milk Paint IG Live demonstration where I showed you how to take a resin bunny and turn it into something unique using milk paint.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today. It’s my goal to share with you EASY and COST EFFECTIVE ideas that create a BEAUTIFUL result. Oh and have fun dying your Easter eggs.