You've seen the videos on facebook for this one right? They make it look so easy! So I thought I'd pick up some nail polish and some eggs and give it a try. You know, ON A WHIM for this week's facebook live broadcast.
My whim turned into pretty much my whole afternoon.
Let me tell you, the results are stunning...
...but the learning curve was LOOOOONG!
After much trial-and-error. And a little googling. I figured out a way that worked best for me. And I'm sharing it with you here:
The nail polish that I used was on sale at Walgreens (2 for $5). It's the cheapest I could find and to do my dozen eggs, I probably used less than half a bottle of each color. I mentioned in the video that I had used real eggs. I tried the dye-able plastic ones, but those little buggers float. So I ended up with it bobbing all around the surface of the water (picture a ping pong ball) while I struggled to grip it properly in order to submerge it into the marbled paint. After expressing my frustration in the video, one of the really smart parents at our studio shared how she managed to give those plastic-floaty-eggs a handle:
"We always use plastic eggs. I poke a hole at the top with a push pin and then insert a toothpick. That way the kids can dip them in the polish and not get as much on their hands. When they are finished, they take the other side of the toothpick and push it down into a piece of recycled Styrofoam of flower foam."
Seriously, smart people hang out at the art studio. (Thanks, Marianne for this tip!)
I hope you try this out at home if you're looking for a unique way to dye some eggs with a pre-teen or teen (or adult) crowd. Watch the video above. And be patient. As you can see here by looking at my eleven eggs (I dropped one), my last three eggs are significantly better than my first eight! Gimme another dozen and they'll be even better!
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