Wednesday

A Little Crafty... Silk-Dyed Easter Eggs

Ok, a little more about my love of Easter...
I started this Easter Egg dying tradition about four years ago and I love it!  Hope you do too!  I have never seen another way to get beautiful, ornate patterns on eggs... and it's easy too.  Now, every year I go to the thrift store and pick up five or six ties for dying eggs.  So fun!
Tools and Materials
small or medium raw eggs
Glass or enamel pot
Scissors
Pieces and scraps of 100 percent silk -- including cut-up silk ties, blouses, or boxers -- large enough to cover an egg
Squares of undyed cotton or pieces of old white sheets, pillowcases, or tablecloths that are large enough to cover silk-wrapped eggs
Twist ties
3 tablespoons white vinegar
Warm water
Tongs or spoon
Cooling rack
Vegetable oil
Paper towels
 Silk-Dyed Easter Eggs How-To
1. Cut silk into pieces large enough to wrap around a raw egg.
2. Tightly wrap a raw egg with a piece of silk, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg. Secure with a twist tie.
3. Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of undyed cotton and secure tightly with another twist-tie.
4. Place egg(s) in an enamel or glass pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover eggs completely. Add three tablespoons of white vinegar to the water.
5. Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 40 minutes or longer.
6. Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon, place on a cooling rack, and let cool.
7. Remove silk from cooled egg.
8. For shiny eggs, wipe with a paper towel dabbed in vegetable oil.
Directions copied and pasted from marthastewart.com

4 comments:

Karen said...

This is such a cute idea -- I would have never thought to do this! Thanks for the tip!

Mique (as in Mickey) said...

Fun. Fun. Fun.
Thanks for linking up on 30days!
xoxo Mique

Keri said...

Does it have to be a glass or enamel pot?

A Little said...

Yes, It has to be a glass or enamel pot. Apparently, if you use metal it will create a chemical reaction and the dying process won't work!

I got my enamel pot at wal-mart for about $10. and now I use it year-round for pasta and soups.
-Aly

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