Marble and Stone Easter Eggs

We all know what happens when the Easter season rolls around.  We dye Easter eggs.  But, the problem is, we all know exactly what those dyed Easter eggs look like because, let’s face it:  we’ve been dyeing Easter eggs our entire lives.  And those dyed Easter eggs always end up looking exactly.  the.  same.  And maybe you want something different this year.  There are so many things that can be done with Easter eggs, but why do we end up doing the same thing every single time?  You would think that we would be tired of the same old same old, but that hasn’t gotten us to change anything.  Well, let this year be different for once.  Try out this new and exciting variation on the classic (and tired) Easter egg, and add some fun, and exciting, and in this case, classy take on the Easter egg.  Some for some fun and stone-inspired faux-marble eggs on your table this Easter, follow the instructions below.

Materials needed for marble/stone Easter eggs:
1.  hard boiled eggs
2.  Easter egg dye (either store bought or vinegar-based home made Easter egg dye)
3.  either string or twist ties
4.  either cheese cloth or some clean nylons

Steps for creating stone/marble style Easter eggs:
1.  Prepare the dye, either according to the directions on the package or according to a homemade dye recipe.
2.  Next, tightly cover up the eggs with either cheese cloth or with nylons.  Then tie the cheese cloth and nylons tightly with string or with the twist tie.
3.  Next, dye the eggs.  Simply put them in the dye for as long as you want.  Remember that the longer that the eggs are in the dye, the more intense the color will be on the eggs.
4.  In the next step, put the eggs in a bowl or on a paper towel or in an egg carton to let them fully dry.
5.  Once the eggs have fully dried, remove the nylons or the cheesecloth.  Once you do, the eggs will have a cool splotchy sort of marbley look to them that will impress all of your friends, make your kids happy, and will definitely take your Easter decor up a couple of notches.

Recipe for home made Easter egg dye:

Set up some paper cups that are full of water.  For approximately every cup of water, add one teaspoon of your basic white vinegar to the cup.  Stir the mixture to mix it all together.

Now, add the food coloring to the water and vinegar mixture.  Add drops of food coloring until you get the shade that you desire.  A good rule of thumb is to add the drops of food coloring two at a time, and then to wait to see if you like the shade.

Submerge the eggs in the dye.  The longer you leave them in, the more intense the color will be.

Place the eggs on either paper towels or paper plates to dry.  Alternatively, you can place them back in the egg carton as they dry.

Store eggs in the refrigerator.

Need a refresher on how to hard boil your Easter eggs?  Place the eggs in a pot, all in one layer.  Fill the pot with water until the water covers the eggs by about an inch.  Bring the water to a boil, and let boil for 12 minutes.  Remove the pot from the stove, and remove the eggs from the water with a slotted spoon.  Immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

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