eggs to dye for

I am so amazed every time I do these Martha Stewart silk tie easter eggs!

They are completely foolproof and unbelieveably beautiful.

 

What you’ll need:

Small- to medium-size raw eggs (a dozen is usually all my pot will hold)
Glass or enamel pot
Silk ties, blouses, boxers, or scarves, cut into pieces large enough to cover an egg
White sheets (or pillowcases or old tablecloths), cut into pieces to cover silk-wrapped eggs
Twist ties
3 tablespoons of white vinegar
Warm water
Vegetable oil
Paper towels
Tongs or spoon

Step by Step:
1. Cut silk into a square (or a piece) large enough to wrap around a raw egg.

2. Wrap a raw egg with a piece of silk, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg. Silk can still be used if it doesn’t fit perfectly around egg.

3. Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of white sheet, pillowcase, or old tablecloth and secure tightly with a twist-tie.

4. Place the egg(s) in an enamel or glass pot. Fill pot with water to cover eggs completely. Then, add three tablespoons of white vinegar.

5. Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 20 minutes (longer if you plan on eating the eggs).

6. Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon and let cool.

7. Remove silk from cooled egg.

8. Spray eggs with non-stick cooking spray for a shiny finish.

 

Silk goods such as ties, blouses, and boxers can be purchased at rummage sales or thrift stores. It’s also a fun project after cleaning out your closet.  Even the ugliest of ties, make beautiful eggs. Don’t work too hard searching for certain patterns to use—the end product never looks like the original fabric color.  Plus, it is always so fun to see how the designs turn out.

I like to display mine as a table centerpiece in a cupcake tree.  Too cute!

mini bird’s nest

mini wreath

bag of moss

faux eggs

burlap

hot glue

 

All of these materials can be purchased at Michael’s save the burlap, which I purchased at Joann Fabrics.

Cut the burlap to match the diameter of the wreath and hot glue to the bottom.  Fill with moss and eggs (and/or anything else you want). Hot glue to fix in place.

  • add an alligator clip to the bottom to make it an ornament (sew the clip to the burlap before you fix it to the bottom of the wreath)
  • use them as a place card stand
  • put them to work in your centerpiece

 

-diana