Thursday April 5, 2012

Ditch the traditional Easter eggs and go tie-dyed

Looking for a unique way to decorate Easter eggs this year? Say goodbye to messy dye cups and paints and hello to silk tie dyed Easter eggs! All you need are a few silk ties, some scrap fabric, rubber bands or string, water and vinegar to make some unique, abstract patterned eggs for the upcoming holidays.

To start your project, you’ll need five to 10 silk ties. You can find these at garage sales, vintage shops, and local thrift stores. To make the most vibrant prints, make sure the ties are 100 percent silk. The color and pattern on the ties will transfer to the eggs, and the more unique the ties, the more unique the eggs.

Cut your ties at the widest part with the most surface area; you can also cut the back of the tie open to allow for more fabric. You will need enough silk to wrap the egg all the way around.

Once you cut your ties, wrap your eggs in the silk and then wrap them in a second layer of fabric like an old T-shirt, scrap sewing fabric, pantyhose or cheese cloth. Secure the fabrics around the eggs using string or rubber bands.

Place all of your eggs in one large pot and cover with water. (You can also separate your eggs by color and boil them separately to make sure the colors don’t interfere with one another.)

Bring your eggs, water, and three tablespoons of vinegar to a boil and then simmer them for 17-20 minutes depending on the size of your batch. Strain your eggs and allow them to cool completely before unwrapping.

What you have when you take all the fabric off depends on the style of ties you used. If they were bright ties with intricate designs, the results can be breathtaking.

What are your favorite ways to decorate Easter eggs?

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