Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs

As much as I love the typical color dyed easter eggs, these silk tie dyed ones took our eggs to the next level. I was just as excited as the kids when we finally unwrapped the finished eggs to look at the patterns. 

What You'll Need:
-At least 4, 100% silk ties (you'll want to make sure the tie says 100% silk or all silk-if it's not, it won't work)
-A dozen eggs
-White cloth (you can use old rags, cut up t-shirts, washcloths, etc.)
-24 rubber bands or hair ties 
-1/2 cup vinegar

I got my ties from Goodwill. The bolder the color or busier the pattern, the better results you'll have. 

What To Do:
1. Begin by ripping the seam of the tie to remove the inner lining. I took a pair of scissors and just glided them along the stitch and it worked great. 

2. Once the lining is out of all the ties, cut the silk into squares. I placed the egg in the center of the fabric and pulled the fabric around the egg to make sure I had enough to cover it before I cut. 

3. Rap the fabric around the egg and secure it with a rubber band or hair tie. I found the hair ties were easier to remove. When wrapping the egg, make sure you smooth out as many fabric lines as possible. If the fabric isn't laying/touching the egg directly, the pattern won't transfer as well and you'll have lines on your egg.

4. Repeat the above wrapping steps with a white cotton fabric. It doesn't have to be 100% cotton and I used old cloth napkins.

5. Place water and 1/2 cup vinegar into a pot and boil. Once boiling, place the eggs in the pot so they are completely submerged and covered by at least 2 inches of water. Boil for 20 minutes.
Note: I boiled my eggs in two batches since I didn't have a pot big enough for all 12 eggs. If you do two batches, use 1/4 cup vinegar in each batch. 

6. After 20 minutes, remove the eggs from the water and place them on a paper towel to drain and cool for 5-10 minutes. After they're cooled, unwrap and see the surprise! 

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