April 5, 2012

Tie-Dyed Eggs


The girls and I dyed eggs with ties -- the kind men used to wear to work in the good old days --  and I love how they turned out!
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You start with silk ties -- I bought mine at Good Will.  (You can also use silk scarves or anything that's made of 100% silk fabric.)

Then you cut the ties apart and take out the linings.

Next you tightly wrap a piece of the tie around an uncooked egg with the right side against the egg.

Then you gather it together like a pony tail and tie it with a string, ribbon or rubberband.  You'll now have a little bundle with an egg inside it.

You can wrap a second piece of fabric around the egg if you want to make really sure that the tie stays tightly against the egg.  I used old dance tights but I honestly don't think this step is necessary.

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Then place your egg bundles in a large pan and cover them with cold water.

Add a 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the water and put the pan on the stove.

Turn the heat to high and leave the eggs on the stove for 25 minutes.  Make sure you have enough water in the pan, and that you use cold water, so your water doesn't boil too quickly and break your eggs.

Remove the pan from the heat and run cold water over the wrapped eggs.

It's really fun when you unwrap the eggs because you're never quite sure what you're going to get.  Some of the ugliest ties make the prettiest eggs.

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Or at least the most interesting eggs!  This tie with the foxes and rabbits and pheasants just cracked me up and made a really fun egg.

 I'd love to see photos of your eggs if you give this a try.

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7 comments:

  1. Great looking eggs and such a fun project. Maisie and I did this last year and we got some beautiful eggs too, you can check them out here: Maisie's Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

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    1. I went and looked at your beautiful eggs! I love all of the great ties you found. Even your rows of eggs all wrapped up look pretty.

      I think this is such a fun way to decorate eggs!

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  2. Love it! Can't wait until next year to try it. Your eggs look great. Sounds super fun and no dye mess, a double plus. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Anonymous9:09 AM

    This is brilliant! This would even be fun to make for kids' lunches.

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  4. You are amazing! I cannot wait to try this! And I thought I was all crafty, doing eggs with Kool-aid. :)

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  5. You are amazing! I can't wait to try this! And I thought I was so crafty, doing our eggs with Kool-Aid. :)

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  6. What a neat craft! I definitely want to try this with my girls.

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