Thursday, April 05, 2012

Tie Dyed Easter Eggs

 This is one of my favorite Easter Egg dying techniques, and I've seen it's been taking off all over the net lately. 
Seriously, who doesn't have a collection of bad ties somewhere in their house?  I don't even have a boy living here, and I could still scare up a tie or six.  I also decided to check out the local thrift store, they have a pretty colorful collection for about a buck each. 
 ....and you only thought Great Aunt Gertrude's Christmas gift would go to waste?  The more colorful, and design-ee the tie, the better.  This design is soon going to be your eggs marking. 
The one thing you want to make sure of is that the ties label says it's 100 percent silk.   You can actually use any colorful silk-shirts, ties, whatever....
Cut the tie open, you will probably be able to make at least three eggs from each tie.  Cut it into squares, and then wrap it around the egg, keeping in mind where and how the silk touches the egg will be where the design goes.  Make sure the silk/brightest side is facing the egg, so the duller side is what you see what you wrap it up. 
 Tie it off with string or a twist tie. 
 I wrapped some additional string around the egg just to hold the tie on tightly, it's not necessary, but I really like to complicate things.  Mission.  Accomplished.  Now take some cloth-old pillow case, or even the inside lining of the tie, and wrap and tie it around the silk covered egg to keep the dyes from bleeding all over each other when they boil. 
 Place the (raw) tie wrapped eggs into a pan of water with 3 T of vinegar and enough water to cover the eggs, and boil them for 20 minutes.  Let them cool, and then remove and serve up these designer eggs. 


Sharla said...

We actually don't have cool old ties around here, but my dad might have a few from the mid-90s. This looks a lot easier and less messy than the regular way to dye eggs.

Angela said...

What a cool idea! LOVE IT!

Jennifer said...

Get out! I have to try that!

Msheepers said...

That is awesome! I've never heard of doing anything like that before, and they look so neat in the "after" pictures.