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How to Dye Marbleized Easter Eggs

Dyeing Easter eggs is a favorite holiday tradition for kids and grownups alike. Give your plain dyed eggs a kicky, multicolored twist this year: Add olive oil to the dye solution to create a swirling, mottled effect.

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Remove Dyed Eggs and Allow to Dry

Leave eggs in the dye solution a short time for pastel colors or longer for more saturated shades. Use a fork to remove eggs from dye; place them in a paper towel and gently wipe excess olive oil off the eggs' shells (Image 1). Set dyed eggs aside to dry (Image 2).

Double-Dip Eggs for a Multicolor Effect

If you're happy with the single-dyed eggs' appearance, you're done. For an interesting two-tone effect, repeat the dying process in a second color. Tip: If eggs aren't achieving the same mottled effect they did with the first color, add another tablespoon of olive oil to the dye solution.

Proudly Display

Display your marbleized eggs in a shallow dish or basket. Note: The FDA recommends that cooked eggs be refrigerated or consumed after only two hours at room temperature. When properly refrigerated, hard-boiled eggs can safely be eaten up to one week after cooking.

Marbleized Easter eggs in a brass urn as a centerpieceEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-Photography by H. Camille Smith
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