Well, we’ve found our absolute favorite Easter egg dyes…
of all time.
No tablets, no food colors, no cups, no drips, no stained fingers or clothes, no spilling—
I could go on and on. But seriously, the best part about this method is that everything you need is right in your kitchen and closet…or worst case—the thrift store. Who would have thought that an old ratty, out of date silk tie could be the gorgeous answer to the annual Easter egg dying ordeal?
Your whole family is going to love this.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Silk ties–look for a tiny tag at the small end of the tie. It needs to say 100% silk. Seriously, this doesn’t have to cost a mint. We picked all these up at the local thrift store–for just a few bucks. The thinner the fabric the better the transfer. If you’re raiding the closet, please be sure to get your man’s permission before you start cutting things up. ;} Oh, and if your tie is from China–don’t eat the egg. They have different standard for their dyes and many are not safe. SO, in that case just enjoy the egg and toss it out after Easter. Got that?
An old, white T-shirt–cut it into squares big enough to wrap around the eggs
3 Tablespoons of white vinegar
Pot of water
Cut open the tie at the back and take out the facing fabric. All you will be working with is the actual colored silk.
Cut the silk into pieces big enough to cover the egg…
Wrap it around your egg. Don’t get to0 nutty about this step, just do the best you can.
Now, roll the egg up with the T-shirt fabric.
The idea is to press the colored silk right up against the egg.
The bald kid and I had a competition to see who could wrap their eggs the purtiest. I totally won.
He’s such a sillyboy.
set the wrapped eggs in a pan of cold water with the vinegar mixed in. Make sure the water completely covers the eggs.
Boil for 20-25 minutes.
Remove the eggs…
and allow them to completely cool.
Now the fun part—unwrapping the eggs to see what you’ve got.
Rub a tiny bit of vegetable on your masterpieces and see how pretty they look.
Even the subtle ones are beautiful.
If you’re like us–you’ll want to make a million more–because it’s so easy and there’s just no mess. You can use the fabric more than once–if you’re so inclined.
Think of the possibilities.