Wednesday, April 08, 2009

"Tie Dyed" Eggs

I'm so excited to share with you lovely people my latest conquest! I dyed some eggs today. WITH TIES! I went to the thrift store, bought some silk ties (I need to go to the cheaper store tomorrow because I feel like I just got robbed), chopped them into pieces, and used them to dye the eggs with! I was pretty amazed, and now I am feeling rather impressed with myself.

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Now do you want to be as awesome and impressed with yourself as me?

Gather up your supplies! You will need:

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A glass or non-reactive metal pan
1/4 cup vinegar (which I forgot to take a picture of)
Silk scraps (big enough to wrap around the eggs)
White fabric scraps (big enough to cover the silk wrapped eggs)
Raw eggs, washed and patted dry
Twist ties

If you are using old ties to do this, go ahead and rip out the seams and iron the fabric flat. Cut the pieces big enough to wrap around your eggs.

Silk Dyed Egg Steps


1- Wrap your eggs with the pieces of silk. Make sure to put the printed side towards the egg! You'll want to get the fabric as smooth as possible (there will be wrinkles, but smooth them out as much as you can).

2. Wrap the white cloth around your silk wrapped egg. Make sure you've got it nice and tight so it holds the silk onto the egg. Secure your little bundles with a twist tie (rubber bands or string would probably work too).

3. Put your eggs into your pan and cover with water. Add your vinegar and bring to a boil. Once you reach a boil, turn the heat down and let them simmer for 20-25 minutes.

4. Fish your eggs out of the water with a pair of tongs. Set in a plate or bowl and put in the fridge until they've cooled.

Now you can unwrap your little beauties!

silk dyed eggs

I read that you can rub your eggs with a little veggie oil to make them shiny, but I thought these were rather neat as is! I hope to do a few more of these if I can find some silk ties that aren't 1.75 euro each (what can I say, I'm a cheapskate!).


Erika said...

That is so neat! My son immediately told me that I couldn't use his silk ties LOL but we thought it was pretty neat.

Next week I am doing a series on egg recipes. Can I put a link to this post sometime during the week?


Wizardress said...

Kimmie what an awesome idea!! Makes me want to run out and go to the thrift store and get some ties!! Amazing!!!

Noodle said...

wow I had no idea you could do that with silk... I always just used white crayon to make fun saying and designs on mine growing up... The one I do with sammy this easter will look pretty patheic compaired to your super awsome fantasick eggs oh well sammy wont care... I'm glad she is not picky or she would dump me as her mom hehehe

Peggy said...

That is AWESOME! I'm going to have to try that one. Sounds better than all the colored egg dye everywhere.

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Wow! Who would have thought that was possible? Your eggs turned out fabulous! What a neat idea. I think we'll be sticking with the "classic way" this year since I have such young kiddos, but I'll have to keep this one in mind. Thanks for sharing!

Sonya said... soooo rock! what a great way to decorate eggs. My boys are 10 and 8 and are to big for the regular egg dying way but this is a whole other thing altogether!!

Wizardress said...

I pimped you on my blog. So I hope people come by and check this out. I think it's brilliant!

becomingkate said...

Great idea! Lori sent me over to see these. Happy Easter!

Christi said...

That is so much cooler than boiling them with a tea bag! These are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Makes me feel really bad about all the ties I have given away. They are wonderful!!Grandma M

Dorrie said...

Lori sent ME over, too. How clever is that? I think the last time I ever tried to color eggs was maybe 25+ years ago! lol

P.S. I'm also an American, now living in Germany. Wizzy MAY have mentioned me *wink*

Spotted Sparrow said...

Those eggs look amazing!

Jnette said...

Wow they are gorgeous!

4 Lettre Words said...

I have heard of this, but I can't believe how great they turned out! Sam would love to do this for Easter!

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