Marbled Easter Eggs

Here’s a great craft project from our archives that’s a ton of fun and soooo easy peasy!
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Yesterday Sawyer & Sutton made marbled Easter eggs using a dozen wooden eggs that I got at OTC last year (on clearance after the season, of course!). We used the same technique that we use with actual marbles to paint marbelized paper.
We use disposable roasting pans from the dollar store, lined with a piece of white construction paper, to minimize clean up. This also gives you a nice bonus piece of artwork at the end of the project!
Add a wooden egg and a few blobs of acrylic paint…you’ll notice that we stuck stickers to a few of our eggs in an attempt to recreate the loveliness we saw HERE…but, the truth of the matter is that the paint got too thick and gloppy for it to work properly. I couldn’t even find the stickers under all that paint on most of the eggs when we were done! We’ll probably try using stickers with regular egg dye when we do the traditional egg dying later. In the meantime, ignore what we did, and skip the stickers for this project :)

 


Give your kiddos their trays and start rolling them around. It works much better if you actually pick up your tray and tilt it side-to-side like Sawyer is doing here. If you take Sutton’s route and try to roll the egg around the paint with your fingers, all you’re going to do is succeed in getting Mommy paranoid that acrylic paint covered fingers are going to end up in places they shouldn’t ;)

He finally caught on to the proper technique and was totally thrilled with how his eggs looked


See what I mean about that bonus artwork in the bottom of the tray? We’re going to cut ours up and make Spring/Easter cards to mail to our family and friends.


When your egg is mostly covered (it usually won’t get 100% covered because its odd shape rolls kind of awkwardly), have an adult take the egg out of the pan carefully and dip the remaining white spots right back into a swirly blob of paint. That should take care of covering the whole thing!


Place on a sheet of waxed paper to dry overnight. After a few hours I turned the eggs on their sides so that the gloppy bottoms could dry. The paint was THICK, so it took quite awhile to dry.


You can see that the sticker idea didn’t work out the best. I’m too big of a perfectionist, and the lines weren’t crisp. Honestly, I like the solid look of the marbled egg much better anyway.


Assemble your egg display and let the kids admire their masterpieces. I’m going to coat these with a layer of varnish so that they will last over the years, but that’s going to require a trip to Home Depot…

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Comments

  1. Love this idea! I bought a set of the wooden eggs a few years ago and have Maddie decorate one every year. I think we will be trying out this technique this year!

  2. So going to do this with the kids! No wooden eggs so we’ll have to use the real thing!
    Thanks for the idea!

  3. So pretty! And I love the idea of using the leftover marbleized patterns for card making! I am hosting a link party this aft, I would love it if you could link up. http://untilwednesdaycalls.blogspot.com/
    Cheers!

  4. So simple and creative! Love it!

  5. So easy and so effective. Wondering if I can get some wooden eggs from Ebay, hmmm.

  6. That is a great idea! I will have to try this.

  7. I love them- thanks for sharing!

  8. This is such a great idea. I love the look and how easy and fun it is. Thanks for sharing this.

    Cheers,
    Tracy http://allthumbscrafts.blogspot.com

  9. Thanks for sharing this great idea. Love how they turned out.

  10. That’s such a neat idea! I’ll have to grab some eggs on clearance! Very nice!

  11. So pretty! I would love if you linked this up to my kids activities linky party next Monday! Visiting from Someday Crafts and I am a new follower!
    Have a great day!
    Michelle
    http://www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

  12. How cute and so easy!

  13. What a fun technique!

    I’d love to have you share at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! I’m sure you’ll find some fun ideas while you are there! Come join the fun!

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/03/for-kids-friday-3.html

  14. I love this idea and I double love that the kids can help! I featured this on my Friday Favorites post today. I have a featured button if you want to grab it. Have a beautiful and blessed weekend!

  15. They are beautiful thanks for the great idea.

  16. This is a great idea! The eggs came out great. I’ve included your post on my weekly favorites here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2011/03/weekly-favorites-for-march-20-2011.html

  17. Cool, I may try this.

  18. Thanks so much for sharing this at For the Kids Friday at Sun Scholars! I’ll be posting the next link party tonight, so be sure to stop by. I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!

    :) rachel @ SunScholars.blogspot.com

  19. These are great. I love the technique, it looks fun :)

  20. Oh my goodness those are beautiful – and you’re right! SO EASY! We did a similar marbling technique at Vday – but with paper – not an Egg!! SO EASY! I LOVE IT!

  21. We love the color patterns on your Easter eggs. They came out so great. Will definitely be sharing this on our site!

    all the best,
    Sherry + Wendy @ Kiboomu

  22. I bet these could be done with a real egg too :) Just gotta find the right food coloring :)

    I’m featuring this on my 2 dozen ideas and techniques to dye Easter Eggs today!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

  23. wow thats so simple, it looked like it was going to be complicated but even i could manage this. Thanks

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