If you only have time to create one seriously eye catching decoration this Easter, then this is the one to do!  Marblised Easter eggs with nail polish is not exactly a new phenomenon, in fact Pinterest and YouTube are littered with tutorials. However we’ve watched dozens of them and have come up with various tips to help ensure you get the most stunning effects and designs.

While we initially thought this would be a great activity for kids, you cannot underestimate the sheer fun this was as an adult! In fact, there was a lot of queue barging from big people to get their next go. A-hem!

We’ve tried this with hollow blown out real eggs (now that was a satisfying activity) however the marblising wasn’t very successful.  Therefore, our recommendation would be to use polystyrene eggs (or plastic ones) so you can get great effects with them.


What you’ll need
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A plastic bowl or container (something you aren’t attached to as it will be toast after this)

Styrofoam or plastic eggs

Water at room temperature (this is important as too cold and the nail polish will sink)

A bag of wooden skewers

Lots of kitchen paper

A piece of foam board or hard cardboard (about A4 size)

An array of nail polishes (avoid old ones that are too thick)

Getting started

Wedge a polystyrene egg onto a skewer

Firstly place the foam board or cardboard over a large bowl and poke some holes in it using the skewer. This is where you can put the completed eggs to dry without touching anything. (using a bowl underneath will help balance the skewers)

Secondly, fill your bowl with room temperature water

Next, choose your first nail polish colour combination (see our suggestions below).

Then add a few drops of the first colour to the water. The polish should start to disperse over the top film of the water (see image 2&3 on collage above). However sometimes we found it annoyingly stayed as a globule on the surface of the water. If this is the case, give the bowl a little shake or a wobble and it should break it up.

Add a few drops or a quick drizzle of the next colour and so on until you have filled a bit over half of the surface area.

When you are ready carefully submerge the egg on the skewer into the bowl and slowly roll it from one side of the bowl to the other. The nail polish will cling to the egg in a unique pattern everytime. Don’t over roll it or you will get gunky lumps.

Place onto the foam board to dry.

Using a clean skewer run it across the bowl to pick up any remaining polish (particularly around the edge of the bowl) and wipe on some kitchen paper.

Get experimenting on colour selection !

What Next?

  • Drying time is about 30 minutes
  • Once they are dry, try creating a beautifully colourful Easter display in a glass bowl or arrange in a vase.
  • As well as the eggs looking stunning this year, the best part is you can box them away for next year once Easter is over!
Colour Combinations
  • Pink, yellow & orange
  • Aqua blue, black, neon pink
  • Purple, black & white
  • Purple, light pink & neon pink
  • Total mix of everything!