Quick and Easy Marbled Eggs

I vividly remember painting eggs as a child, the hours spent messily blowing the contents into a bowl, and the sore aching cheeks that followed. It was one of my favourite Easter traditions and afterwards my Mum would hang our decorated eggs on a little tree outside our kitchen window.

When it gets to this time of year I always think how nice it would be to do this with my kids but in reality I know it will be me that gets left to deal with bowlfuls of sticky egg goo! Let’s be honest, the first one is fun but the novelty wears off pretty quickly. Then by chance last Easter I stumbled across the perfect cheat in our local craft shop, polystyrene eggs. They are reasonably cheap (we bought a bag of 20 for £4) they look great, are easy to handle and are much more hard wearing than real eggs.

I can’t tell you how much time and effort these eggs have saved us and they give such effortlessly beautiful results every time. The kids loved how each one is different to the last and just wanted to keep doing more and more.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Polystyrene eggs – you can buy a selection of different sizes at amazon
  • Oil based marble paint – we used Marabu Easy Marble
  • Wooden skewer or cocktail stick
  • Old dish or jam jar (oil based paint will stain the jar and can only be removed with turps)
  • Kitchen towel/tissues

Fill the dish with enough water so that the egg can be fully submerged. Add a few drops each of some different coloured marble paints. We combined two or three colours at a time. Swirl the water with a cocktail stick to create a pattern..

Gently insert a skewer into the end of the polystyrene egg to hold it firmly in place. Dip the egg into the water and rotate so that the paint covers all of the egg. Add more drops of paint and repeat if necessary then set aside to dry on a piece of kitchen towel.

That’s it, it really is that simple! The great thing about these eggs is that you can actually slice them in half with a kitchen knife. We used them to stick on to a headpiece for our school easter bonnet parade but you could also use them to make fun easter cards, or string them along some thread to make an easter garland.


Kate x


Comments (10)

April 6, 2017

Wow so gorgeous

April 6, 2017

Would this work with real eggs?

Kate in London
April 13, 2017

This definitely does work with real eggs Philippa but you need to blow them first if you want to keep them as decorations. To do this you make a tiny hole in each end with a needle and blow the contents out into a bowl. It takes a long time though.

April 6, 2017

Would love to see something related to Passover. So much Easter.

Kate in London
April 13, 2017

I will have a think for some passover ideas

Esther in Amsterdam
April 6, 2017

So fun! I was marbling paper with Sara a little while back. How cool to try with eggs!! xxx

April 11, 2017

i’ve printed the set of instructions, i’ve bought all the times on the list..i am ready to give it a try this week end with the children..will be a first! Esther..can you see how DIY i have become?! your xmas advent calendar was the kickstart!

Esther in Amsterdam
April 11, 2017

I’m so proud of you!!!!! 👍🏻 xxx

Kate in London
April 13, 2017

Have fun Vanessa! x

April 18, 2018

are there other paint options that have the same effect? i looked to buy these but they say: DANGER! HARMFUL OR FATAL IF SWALLOWED! right on the outside of the box, so didn’t pull the trigger. thanks!

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