Sunday, April 4, 2010

Tie-Dyed Eggs

I don't have kids but that doesn't stop me from wanting to dye Easter Eggs. I always make an Easter basket for my husband and he loves hard boiled eggs, so I usually make some for his basket. I usually go the traditional route with dye from the store. This year I decided to try something new that I had read about, dyeing eggs using silk ties. I first saw this on Martha Stewart's website, (yes, I check it out fairly often), then I heard a friend at school talking about it, so I decided why not.

I only had three old ties, so I was limited to the number of eggs that I could dye. You first wrap the eggs in pieces of the old tie, then I used muslin to wrap the eggs.

You put the eggs in a pan to boil with 3 tablespoons

of vinegar. They are to boil for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes you remove them from the
boiling water and let them cool before you unwrap them. They turned out OK, I don't think that I had the silk wrapped tight enough around the eggs in the muslin. I also found that the darker the colors in the tie the better it transferred. My hubby was extremely impressed, so I feel it was a successful craft adventure.

Hope everyone had a Happy Easter!!!


QuiltingB29 said...

cute eggs. I heard about the silk tie dying method this year for the first time and am going to look for silk ties to use next year.

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

OOOOO those are great!


Karin said...

Cool project-love the eggs

Susan said...

What a neat idea! From the picture your eggs look great!

Micki said...

Those eggs are just gorgeous! What a neat idea!

Nedra said...

It looks like your eggs took on more of the dye than mine did. I think I read somewhere that they are not edible afterwards because no one knows if the dye in ties are safe. Oh well, I guess by now you would be able to tell!

Becky said...

My mother used to save yellow onion skins near Easter. She would do the same procedure except she wrapped the egg with the onion skins, then wrapped them. The eggs were the most beautiful shades of marbled yellow and gold. Your tie-dyed ones look super.

Sandra Henderson said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these! Thanks for the great idea! Come on chickens, lay me some eggs now... lol they are old hens and in retirement I think. Great idea!