Easy Marbleized Eggs


If you want to create easy marbleized eggs for Easter, I will show you how by simply using food coloring and shaving cream.

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I shared with you that one of my bucket list items for spring, was to try dying eggs using food coloring and shaving cream.  This technique of dying eggs is unusual because it creates a marbled effect but only requires a few supplies. I came across this idea on Pinterest and was fascinated.  These eggs are not dyed in the traditional fashion using white vinegar, hot water water, and egg dye.  Instead, these marbled easter eggs, are dyed different colors, using food coloring and shaving cream or cool whip. 

The first thing I learned with this technique – is that real 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) with food dye and the eggs are edible. 

I decided to use shaving cream because I had some artificial eggs, on hand, I wanted to use.  These plastic eggs are unique in that they are whole eggs but have the exterior texture of a real egg shell.  They also come in a cute little cardboard egg carton.  

So without further delay, let’s make some marbled Easter eggs. 

Easy Marbleized Eggs

The first thing we need to do is gather our supplies.  (It’s important to note, that unlike other marble egg dying kits, we don’t need to use vegetable oil, very hot water, or vinegar.)

Some supplies, I have linked below, for your convenience.  However, most of these supplies can be purchased at your local big box store such Walmart or Target. 

Supplies for making marbleized eggs
  • 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.  If you want to color several eggs at one time, simply use a large bowl.
  • Hard-boiled eggs or artificial eggs. I used these artificial eggs that mimic a real egg shell.
  • Wooden skewer or straw
  • A roll of paper towels
  • Rubber gloves to protect your hands 

Make the Egg Dye 

Using your bowls, squirt about half a cup of shaving cream into them.  Add several drops of food coloring to each bowl.  These dyes will be the base color for your marble eggs.  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.  For example, in one bowl with shaving cream, I added two drops of blue and one drop of yellow food coloring.

Next you want to gently swirl the dye color(s) into your shaving cream. You can use a wooden skewer or a straw to accomplish this. In order to get a marbleized effect, you want to have a variation in the shaving cream.  For example, some areas of the shaving cream remained white, 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 marbled look. I created six bowls with different color combinations.  In some of the bowls I only used one color of dye. 

Dye your Eggs

Once you have your bowls filled with shaving cream and swirled food coloring, you are ready to dye your eggs.  You will want to put on some rubber gloves! I used 3 separate 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 rubber 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. The longer the eggs remains in the dyed shaving cream mixture, the stronger the marbleized coloring will be.  Add the other eggs to the remaining bowls while your first egg is sitting in the dye mixture. 

Removing egg from shaving cream and dye

Using a wooden spoon, scoop out your egg after about 5 minutes (or longer) and place it on a paper towel.  Gently wipe off any extra shaving cream. Repeat this process for the remaining eggs in the other bowls.

Dyed Eggs with Marble Effect

When you are done, the eggs should have a marble look to them.  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. 

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
  • Dying eggs with this technique means you don’t have to use very hot water, which could be safer if you have young children.
  • 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 had so much fun making these marbleized eggs and would definitely do it again.

Here are some final photos of the dyed 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.

Easy Marbleized Eggs for Easter

I love how the colors are so soft and yet you can still clearly see the marbleized effect.

Easy Marbleized Eggs for Easter

I have some antique bottles from Maine that were literally dug out of the ground.  These bottles made perfect “egg holders” and they allow you to see the marbleized effect.  

Other Colored Eggs 

I wanted to share some other egg dying ideas from my blogger friends. Here are some additional unique ideas on how to decorate your eggs for Easter.

  • My friend Cindy from Reinvented Delaware has made a number of video tutorials including this one where she shares how she used different colors of paint to make these beautiful Easter eggs.

In Closing

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!  If you enjoyed this post, you might also like the following projects from last year:

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  1. Omgoodness these are adorable Anna! This technique is new to me – thanks for sharing our egg painting post and for sharing this new egg dying method! Pinned it to two boards because it is so amazing! Also, I would love to share this post with my readers this Saturday!

    1. What fun! Easy peasy! Perfect and safe for little hands. Thanks so much for sharing this fun project.

      1. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and comment! While definitely a great activity for kids, I think it’s a fun activity for adults too.

  2. I haven’t dyed eggs in the longest time, Anna! I love that you gave yourself the gift of creativity and spent a few hours tackling something on your spring bucket list – that is so cool! These are really beautiful and bring back so many fabulous memories! Loving and pinning, as always, CoCo

    1. Hi Coco! Thank you for stopping by and reading this post! Dying eggs always brings back memories for me too. I always love visiting your blog to see what you are up to.

    1. Hi Diane -Thank you so much for the comment. I am always happy to participate in your link party!

  3. What a fun way to color eggs! And no stinky vinegar smell! They are so pretty! I’ll be on the lookout for Easter eggs next time I go to the store!!

  4. The directions for marbleizing the eggs are clear, but what magic did you use to balance them on top of the antique bottles? That is the question. 😉

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