Friday, March 29, 2013

Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

I discovered this method of dying Easter eggs awhile ago, but it wasn't until last year that I was able to try it. Due to scheduling conflicts Dave and I weren't able to spend Easter with his family, and for the first time as a couple, we were spending a holiday just the two of us. So, we decided to embraced making some of our own traditions. 

I asked if we could try this - since dying Easter eggs in some form is a must - and he excitingly agreed! We ran around to some of our favorite thrift stores and found some pretty awesome ties. 

We has so much fun doing this last year, that we officially made it an Easter tradition!

What you'll need:
100% Silk Ties (the crazier the pattern, the better! ....At least I think so)
An old white t-shirt, sheet, or pillow case
Rubber bands or twist ties
1 Large pot
3 Tablespoons white vinegar
 Start by cutting the seam of each, and "gutting"them, leaving just the silk casing.
 Then, cut each tie into square(ish) pieces, large enough to wrap around an egg.
Cut similar sized squares from your old t-shirt or sheet.

Now you're ready to get to work.
First, wrap the egg in the silk cutting, with the design/printed side facing the egg.
Then, wrap the white fabric around that and use a rubber band to secure.

Place the wrapped eggs in your pot and fill it with water, covering all the of eggs & add the 3tbsp of vinegar. Bring the water to a boil & then turn it down to a simmer for 20 minutes.

Scoop out your eggs, let them cool, and unwrap to discover the awesomeness!

We love the fact that this is a mess free, odor free (Dave doesn't like the smell of vinegar), surprising craft. It's always neat to unwrap the eggs and see what mark has been made by the tie. 

Also, it would be super fun to get some friends together (kids, too!) and have everyone bring a tie and do this in a group. It would lower the cost and up the fun for sure!

Happy Decorating!

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