Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tie Dyeing Easter Eggs

So when I came across the post on Our Best Bites for dyeing Easter eggs with men's ties I knew we would be trying it out this year and I. AM. IN. LOVE. I don't think we will ever dye eggs any other way again.

A couple of days ago the kids and I went to Value Village and Goodwill to check out their supply of silk ties and here is what we found.

Then we called over some friends to come help us out!

And then we wrapped each egg first in a piece of silk tie and then in a piece of one of my husband's old shirts. I do not recommend using an old shirt of your husbands if he works on a ship and sweats a lot...lets just say my house didn't smell very pleasant after boiling those puppies...yeah YUCK!

Put them all in a pot with 1/4th cup of vinegar, brought to a boil and set a timer for 20 minutes.

We put ours in a strainer after they were done and ran cold water over them to cool them down a bit and unwrapped them and here is what we came out with.

And because we didn't have enough ties to cover all of our eggs on the first go around we used the ties a second time and it changed the dynamics a little. As you can tell in this picture the egg on the right was lighter and the one on the left was darker. The one on the left is from the second go around.

And in these two photos the eggs on the right are from the second go around and the ones on the left are from the first. I am tempted to boil the ties next year before I put them on eggs just to see if we always get darker more vibrant results.

And my all time favorite.....

And so if you have not tried this, you should and NOW. Like I said before I don't think I will ever go back to dyeing eggs any other way.

And for the record "they" suggest you don't eat these eggs. I am not sure why but everything I have read says not to eat them.


Kara said...

So cool! Love your advice about the old shirt. I will keep that in mind. ;)

Andrea said...

Wow, those look awesome!