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Inspiration: Coloring Easter Eggs with Friends

 

Tired of the same old, same old…Easter Eggs? My friend Kathy showed a new and easy technique to enliven the traditional boiled-and-dyed egg color.

 

  1. Gather supplies. You’ll need: eggs, scissors, rubber bands (lots of rubber bands), vinegar, a big pot with a lid, a seam ripper, if you have one, and old silk ties. My friend bought hers from rummage sales. I picked up a few at Goodwill.
  2. Take the ties apart. If you don’t have a seam ripper, you can use your scissors to remove the threads. Take the batting, the inner part of the tie out, and set it aside, so you’ll have a pile of brightly printed silk and a pile of white heavier fabric. To start pick a piece of silk.
  3. Put a raw egg on the pretty or showy side of the silk and estimate how much of the fabric you’ll need to cover the egg.
  4. Cut that much from the tie.
  5. Wrap the fabric around the egg. Again, make sure the pretty side of the silk is facing the egg. Use lots of rubber bands to secure the silk to the egg. I believe more rubber bands equal more color and design on the egg. (On some of the eggs, where the silk seemed particularly slippery, we also banded the tie’s inner batting around silk as a second layer.)
  6. Put the egg-tie bundles in a large pot of cold water.
  7. Add vinegar. I think Kathy poured about a cup into water.
  8. Heat the eggs and water until the water boils. Then turn the heat to simmer and cover the pot. Wait about 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. Take the pot from the stove. Run cold water into the pot to cool the egg bundles to the point where you can touch them.
  10. Unwrap the eggs.
  11. Admire your handiwork. Don’t they look different? I’m sure these eggs will spark conversation.
  12. You can call your eggs done or if you’re feeling artistic, you can mix a cup of hot water, with a few tablespoons of vinegar and food coloring and, following the traditional method—dunk or dip your egg in the cup with a spoon. Or you can use a paint brush to add a splash of additional color to your creation.
  13. If some of your eggs break, feel free to peel and sample as we did.

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed learning this new method for creating Easter eggs as much as I did. I’d like to thank my friends Kathy and Zac for teaching me and I’d like to thank you for visiting.

 

As always, I wish you much happiness and many blessings.

And…a quick shout out to my Thursday’s Children blog buddies.

 

 

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Comments (49)

  1. Absolutely love this idea. AND I have a basket full of old silk ties. Now I just have to make the time to do it.

  2. I reckon I’ll stick with the gigantic chocolate Easter eggs, me. All my eggs here are brown, anyway. LOL!

    Happy TT!

  3. It’s cool, but a lot of work. I like my technique better:

    http://www.aliceaudrey.com/?p=1764

    Only because I’m lazy. :)

  4. That is so amazing! I doubt we’ll be doing it this year as my son and I are both feeling a bit worn out. Besides, he’s 22. He’s neither young enough nor old enough to find charm in dyeing Easter eggs at this point in life.

  5. What an original idea. I hadn’t even thought about making hard boiled eggs this weekend (since it’s just me), let alone coloring them.

  6. Very cute. Perhaps I will do this. Thanks for sharing the spirit of the season.Happy Easter to you and spring and all that’s green and growing. <3

  7. OMG! This is so cool! I am going to do this later:) Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jaye Robin Brown

    Wow, this is amazing! I saw another cool technique using shaving cream and food dye to marble eggs.

  9. I was going to mention the shaving cream thing but JRo beat me to it :) It’s fun how two completely unrelated things can be made into something beautiful (eggs and neckties) – I like doing this in writing too ;-)

  10. What a good idea. Thank you for sharing it!

  11. Thanks Country Dew,
    I appreciate you stopping by.

  12. LOVE this! Will have to try it with my girls – so fun :)

  13. How cool! Wish my eggs turned out that good- they always look like they were decorated by a drunken Easter bunny. Hmm. Maybe I shouldn’t drink and dye eggs anymore…

  14. That’s a new one on me. One year I blew out yolks from a pin hole and then decorated them. They lasted a long time.

  15. Awesome idea!!!!
    And the vinegar helps so the eggs don’t break during boiling.
    I might try this.

  16. These are very cool, Mia. A fun project for the family.

  17. This year I did the Kool Aid version, as seen around Pinterest. Really pretty colors and easy as can be.

    I like yours too!
    Happy TT.

  18. That looks really interesting, a really different take on the good old Easter egg!

  19. Elaine,
    Thanks for saying so. :)

  20. Very impressive! And I like your ‘feel free to sample broken eggs’ option. Now I want a boiled egg.

  21. This looks like so much fun! I’m going to have to try it. I love new craft ideas!! Thanks for sharing :)

  22. Thanks Kate Michael,
    I’m a fan of new craft ideas, too.

  23. Magic eggs. I like this! Wonder if husband will notice if one tie is missing. . .

  24. That was very cool! :) Thanks for sharing!

  25. Very cool! I’d like to try this.
    Thanks for sharing!

  26. I loved making Easter Eggs as a child. There’s an exhibition of Faberge eggs on in Hong Kong right now and I think you’ve inspired me to check them out! Thanks for joining us on Thursday’s Children!

  27. I think I’ll be like your dad–doing it for myself when my kids are grown and gone. Oh, hey, maybe I’ll have grandkids. :)