As much as we love our crafting machines, kits and accessories at Create and Craft, there’s a lot to be said for going right back to the basics and utilising what you already have at home to create something spectacular! Sometimes, these are the BEST projects of all… which is why we were delighted with Penelope Quinn’s latest Easter project – these stunning marbled eggs! Do you need expensive paints and accessories to create this gorgeous marbled effect? Nope! Just all your leftover nail varnish, some wooden skewers and a bowl of warm water. How easy does that sound? Check out Penelope’s step-by-step instructions below, and have a go at creating your own marbled Easter egg display!
Not only is this is a great way to use up leftover nail polish, these marbled eggs add a touch of whimsy to any Easter table setting! This technique provides a fabulous end result, but keep in mind that this is a messy craft project – so protect your work surface with paper, wear gloves at all times, work in a well ventilated space and use an old bowl you don’t mind getting covered in nail polish! If you’ve never tried anything like this, make sure you have a couple of extra eggs to practise with.
Top Tip: It’s a good idea to have a bottle of nail polish remover on standby, to deal with any accidents quickly!
You Will Need:
- A large plastic bowl
- Warm water
- Old nail polish in various colours
- Wooden skewers
- Around 6 – 12 eggs
- Latex gloves
- Paper towel
First, you will need to remove the yolk and white from each egg. To do this, carefully make a small hole at either end of the egg (I find a thumbtack or needle works well). The hole at the bottom should be slightly bigger than the one at the top. Gently blow into the smaller hole, until the egg is empty.
Rinse the inside of the egg with water, and place on a wooden skewer ready to be marbled.
Prepare a small bowl of warm water, and put on your gloves.
Slowly pour the nail polish onto the surface of the water. Make sure to hold the bottle as close to the surface of the water as you can when you are pouring, this will ensure the nail polish doesn’t sink to the bottom of the bowl. Repeat with two or three more colours.
Using a wooden skewer, marble the nail polish, starting from the middle of the bowl, and working outwards. This takes a bit of practice – if you find the nail polish is getting stuck to the skewer, just remove and start again.
Now it’s time to marble your first egg! Holding the skewer at one end, use the other hand to gently roll the egg over the nail polish.
Once complete, balance the skewered egg over another bowl – you don’t want it touching any surfaces until it’s completely dry. Collect the excess nail polish off the surface of the water with another skewer.
Make a few of these gorgeous marbled eggs for Easter, and showcase them in a basket or bowl surrounded by some pretty flowers. Experiment with different colours to get different results!
What do you think of this simple yet stunning project? Will you be giving it a go yourself? Let us know in the comments below!