Apr 1 2015
DIY Marbled Indigo Eggs
Post by sara albers

DIY Marbled Indigo Easter Eggs

You know how much we love indigo dye, right? Well I had to try our hand at marbling eggs this year – so I gave the nail polish technique a try. I used an indigo nail polish to match some of my favorite shibori indigo dye projects. Although the marbling technique can get messy, the end result is beautiful. I went with a monochromatic effect by using one polish color. I really love how it turned out. These DIY Marbled Indigo Eggs are a must this Easter!

Here are some of our favorite Easter projects – clay bunny bowlsbunny cupcakes, a cute bunny purse, and our favorite vintage iron-on bunny shirt. Have you checked out our Mud cloth inspired eggs?

Read more for the tips on marbling eggs…

Supplies: faux eggs (or room temp hard boiled) // disposable plastic container // blue nail polish // rubber gloves // stir stick // drying holder // nail polish remover // room temp water


Step 1. Fill plastic container 3/4 full with room temperature water. I used a 28 oz container.

*If the water is too cold the polish will sink. Add a few drops of nail polish. The more drops of polish, the darker and more covered the egg will get.

Step 2. Lightly stir with stick to make a marble look in water.

Step 3. Dip the egg under the water and swirl. Wear rubber gloves. I learned the hard way. I will spare you a picture of my fingers after dipping a dozen eggs in water/blue nail polish! You could also try using small tongs to remove eggs.

Step 4. Dry the eggs. I took a piece of foam and used pins to make a drying rack.

You could use any color combo of nail polish. I love how the indigo turned out. Look for more indigo and shibori projects from us this Spring!

DIY Marbled Indigo Easter Eggs

DIY Marbled Indigo Easter Eggs on alice & lois


DIY Marbled Indigo Easter Eggs

Make these DIY indigo inspired eggs on aliceandlois.com

Photos by Sara Albers. All rights reserved.

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  • DarrenApril 4, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    That’s absolutely lovely!:)

  • NameSTEPHApril 5, 2015 at 3:13 am


  • KathyApril 5, 2015 at 8:36 pm




    • sara albersApril 6, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Hi Kathy – We love the look of these eggs but I would not recommend eating as the nail polish is toxic. These eggs were used as decor only.
      – Sara

  • HannahApril 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    These are beautiful! thanks for sharing :)

  • Joanna SakievichApril 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I love this! Would it work on faux eggs also? since they’re soooo pretty, i might not want to crack them open!

  • Marlene SmithersApril 11, 2015 at 8:01 am


  • SuzanneApril 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Can you use blown eggs for this project?

    • sara albersApril 24, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Hi Suzanne -I would think so. I would imagine you would have to be pretty quick at rolling the eggs in the water with nail polish so it will not go into the holes of the egg.

      • JaymiMarch 25, 2016 at 9:52 am

        Wouldn’t it be easier to die the eggs then blow them out. They would collect the die better with the weight still inside. Otherwise there just buoyant and with rolling and trying to NOT touch and smudge them seams like a frustrating hassle.

  • parkerApril 26, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Where did you purchase your indigo polish. I tried this project but my polish never mixed with the water. It floated on top of the water instead. Any suggestions?

    • sara albersApril 26, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      I bought the blue nail polish at walgreens. It was a cheap one, I don’t recall the brand name. The polish is supposed to float on the water. You want to make sure the water temp is luke warm/room temp, not really cold. ope this helps!

  • LesleyApril 27, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Love the eggs! Love the indigo!!

  • Ellen DonnellyApril 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Just LOVE your indigo eggs. Thankyou for sharing how to make them. I like making wee gifts like this for easter, now I have a stunning alternative. I loved the tie-dyed cloths too. I love indigo as a colour to work with.

  • Eden PassanteOctober 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    these are gorgeous! Wow! Love them!

  • NameNameSharon DavisOctober 7, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Good idea for next EAster display.

  • Just MeJanuary 10, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    All i can say is STUNNING!

  • KathleenJanuary 16, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    These are beautiful:) I am eager to try them. I saw you posted that they could be done with faux eggs. Do you mean wooden eggs or some other material?

    • sara albersJanuary 18, 2016 at 7:53 am

      Hi there – last spring I got some faux eggs at Michaels craft store… almost a plastic/paper like material.

      • nataliaFebruary 5, 2016 at 12:05 pm

        hello i would like to ask do you mix nail polish remover with the water. ir is this ‘ ingredient’ just for cleaning after? thank you for your response and btw thry look amazing

  • HeatherFebruary 18, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Have you tried plastic eggs? do you know if it would work on them?

  • Linda gFebruary 22, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Love these!!

  • Ash MalikFebruary 25, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Dear Alice and LOIs,
    Hello. I have recently decided to try and turn my hobby into a small business. Your eggs are really nice and I would like to post this post on my FB page http://www.facebook.com/ashmalikcrafts as inspiration for anyone else interested in egg crafts! Thank you for sharing your project with us, Look forward to many more in the future!

    • sara albersFebruary 25, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Congratulations on your new shop! You may share the link to our marbled egg post on your Facebook page. – Sara

  • sarah deperroMarch 2, 2016 at 5:13 am

    My grandmother made eggs very similar looking to these with some kind of oil easter egg dye. at the end she used a small piece of wax paper and polished each egg. they were just beautiful.

  • CATMarch 3, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Can you tell me how you got the white spatter effect? Beautiful.

  • katieMarch 5, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    OMg! These look amazing! I can’t believe you could turn something as simple as an egg into something as gorgeous as these!

  • TeresaMarch 11, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Those are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this!

  • KathiMarch 13, 2016 at 7:26 am

    what type of faux eggs did you use? What are they made of? Wondering to make sure the polish will adhere to the eggs. Thanks!

  • Claudia WallaceMarch 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Will try this before Easter, absolutely beautiful.

    Thanks, Claudia

  • jessicaMarch 13, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    how many colors of Nail polish did u use?? jw!

    • sara albersMarch 13, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      I just used one color! I think the blues look darker in areas because of multi layers.

      • ReeMarch 14, 2016 at 2:48 am

        Multiple layers? Does that mean you dried them and then dipped them again?

        • sara albersMarch 14, 2016 at 7:40 am

          No, when you swirl the egg in the water and nail polish – some sections can get more nail polish than other areas and the colors can be different. Hope this helps.

  • GumboguyMarch 15, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to try my hand at it. Perhaps some Red, Yellow or Purple.

  • JANICEMarch 15, 2016 at 3:21 pm


  • AshlynMarch 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    These are so pretty!! love them!

  • FrankieMarch 17, 2016 at 9:35 am


  • jacinthaMarch 17, 2016 at 10:01 am


  • Diena CameronMarch 17, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I just saw another website where the girl did this same project with a few different colors of nail polish at the same time and they were very pretty but these are GORGEOUS !! ( : i was so drawn to these, I’m not sure what or why but i have a feeling it’s the contrast between the colors. Thanks for inspiring me and I’m off to go buy some blue nail polish ! I was thinking how pretty they might be with some gold leaf on them ! Hmmm, i might have to try that, have you tried it ?? Or silver leaf ? Happy Easter <3

  • YvonneMarch 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    your directions are vague, i am not a crafty person, so 3/4 full of warm water and little bit of nail polish is not going to help me. Sorry, but can you say the size of container holds 3 cups of water, so 2 1/2 cups of water and the amount used from the bottle of polish ie 1 dropor 1/4 of the bottle etc.

    • sara albersMarch 18, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      I used a medium size (28 oz) plastic container. I filled it up 3/4 way to the top with room temp water. Then add a few drops of nail polish – or as much as you would like depending on how dark you want the eggs to get. Sorry for the confusion. – Sara

  • MridulaMarch 19, 2016 at 2:17 am

    This is so beautiful. Thank you so much for the lovely post.

  • Linda DayMarch 19, 2016 at 2:45 am

    These are beautiful

  • HayleYMarch 19, 2016 at 8:05 am

    These are so pretty. I have to try this!

  • SweetJMarch 19, 2016 at 11:50 am

    This post has been featured here > http://sweetmeetsbakeshop.com/2016/03/19/sponged-nail-polish-31-other-diy-dye-free-easter-eggs/
    Happy Easter and keep on crafting!

  • ruth mowryMarch 19, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    These are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are they hard boiled or blown out???
    I’m going to try this !! Thanks !!!!!

  • MarieMarch 20, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Absolutely wonderful marble eggs!
    Thank u so much for this fab tip!
    I have to try this this easter.
    Greeting of happy easter to you from Marie from sweden 😊

  • RsMarch 20, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Is the Original coloUr Of the eggs wHite? How does the white get amoung the blue? They are so beautIful! Like a galaxy.

  • JanieMarch 20, 2016 at 9:37 am

    What Type materials will dye using this method? They are beautiful! Blue is my favorite color!

  • LyndaMarch 20, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Wow!What a great idea for coloring eggs for Easter! 😊 Thanks for the tip! 😊

  • LoriMarch 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    In your ingredients you mentioned nail polish remover but no where in the instructions does it mention it. Where or when do I use it? Thanks. Excited to use other colours of nail polish.


  • Mary DeRayMarch 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I am a sashiko enthusiast & teacher and love the blue indigo….mY quilting friend and I took a trip of a lifetime to Japan in January On a Quilt and textile Tour… It was absolutely Wonderful! We went where they did shibori and even learned to do a smaLl projEct, also to a family busIness where they developed indigO dyes from live cultures.. YHechighlight for me was a tour of the Studio & museum of an 85 year old sashiko artist, I could go on & on 12 days of fabric heaven…
    I love Your eggs and can’t wait to try it! Did you use a spray finish to add shine? They are bEautiful!!

  • LyddiegalMarch 24, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    These look so beautiful! I would love to try this technique. Do you think hard boiled eggs would still be safe to eat after being coated with the nail polish?

  • LilianaMarch 25, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Very nice. I love it.

  • MichelleMarch 25, 2016 at 10:12 am

    These are so beautiful–they remind me of the night sky. Very nicely done!!

  • JaynaMarch 25, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Sara- are the boiled eggs safe to peel and eat after coloring with nail polish?

    • NameJaynaMarch 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Ooops, I see you’ve already answered this question, sorry ! Beautiful eggs though !

  • RebekahMarch 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Yours are beautiful, but when I tried this, it turned out horribly.😂 Idk what happened but this is better said than done.

  • Christina EkelundMarch 27, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Wonderfull ! It looks like heaven,sky and stars and the ocean has painting your eggs.

    Best wishes Christina /Sweden

  • TwiggyBMarch 28, 2016 at 9:25 am

    OMG! These are just stunning! Can’t wait to try my fingertips on this project.
    Thank you!

  • JustineApril 18, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Hi there,

    I design book covers and I’m looking at trying this one board or paper. Have you tried doing this on any other medium, or just eggs?

    Cheers from London,

    • sara albersApril 18, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Hi there – I have not done the nail polish technique on paper. But I have done it on a wood board and know that turns out! We have only one the shaving cream marble technique on paper. Good luck!

  • debbie diehlApril 18, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I loved the eggs and the way they looked! Can’t wait to try this!

  • Michelle saavedraMay 9, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Thanks for the inspiration, I make pinata eggs with real eggs, I will try this technique on a real egg and see how it goes.