4.19.2011

Tie Dyed Easter Eggs

I saw this idea last year on my college friend Angie's blog and knew I wanted to try it out!
You dye your Easter Eggs using silk ties!
Last week I headed to the Thrift Store to get some men's ties.
(Or, you can raid your Grandpa's, Dad's or Husband's closet if they have ugly ties that you never want to see them wear again)
The uglier the tie, the better!
I tried using one of Kevin's ties but he got all sentimental on me & said he wanted to keep it.
I got all these ties at a thrift store for about $1 - $1.50 each.
The ties have to be 100% silk for this to work, so make sure you check the labels.
Some of the labels were just on the back of the tie:
Other labels were hidden under a flap:
Here is what you need to do to make your Tie Dyed Easter Eggs.
First, turn the tie over & cut the stitching out.
You need to open up the back of the tie.
Then, you have to remove the inner fabric of the tie.
**WARNING** If you get your ties at a Thrift Store/Good Will Store, etc....hold your breath when you remove the inner fabric. Some of the ties STANK like musty old man smell. *shudder*
Once you come to after passing out from the old man tie stench, go ahead and cut off the bottom part of the tie.
Then, very carefully, wrap your egg in the tie with the right part (shiny) part of the tie touching the egg & tie it with some string. You want to tie it tight (but not so tight that you break the egg)
Your fabric will be inside out looking. Make sense?
Here are my eggs almost ready to go!
Next you need to cut up an old pillowcase & use pieces of that to wrap around the eggs.
(I got a King sized pillowcase at the Thrift Store for $1 and I had enough to wrap up 8 eggs and I had some leftover)Place your eggs (gently) into a pot & fill with water & 1 cup of vinegar.
Cover your pot, bring to a boil and let your eggs boil for about 20 minutes.
While you wait for your eggs to boil, open up some windows in your house because the smell of hard boiled eggs + musty old man smell is NOT good!

After your eggs are done boiling, take the wrapped eggs out with tongs & place on a towel to cool.
I let mine cool for about 20-30 minutes (again...make sure your windows are open!)
After they are cool enough to touch, you can unwrap your eggs to see what your Tie Dyed Eggs Look like!
This is the first one I opened up & I was NOT impressed.
I was thinking I did something wrong, but I think it was just the pattern on the tie that didn't transfer well.
The 2nd one I opened is one of my favorites!
It was so fun opening each one & seeing how it turned out!
I realized that the bigger the pattern = not as good on the egg.
The smaller patterned ties looked much better on the eggs (in my humble opinion)
I originally bought this purple tie so Kate could have a purple egg, but it turned out pink!
This one was a little streaky (I must not have tied the fabric tightly enough around the egg)
Love this one!
So there you have it, Tie Dyed Eggs...a fun twist on dyeing Easter Eggs!
I will definitely be making these again next Easter!

Side Note: I made these when the girls were napping. This was an Easter Project for me.
We use the $2 dye kit from the store to dye their eggs :)

A word of advice:
Don't eat these hard boiled Tie Dyed Easter Eggs. I don't think it is safe to ingest silk dye and you don't know where some of those musty ties have been!
(I don't eat hard boiled eggs anyways, they are in my Top 5 foods that makes me gag)

So instead of eating them, you can just display your Tie Dyed Eggs in a pretty bowl or apothecary jar this Easter!

30 comments:

  1. This is too cool! Now if I can just find some old ties!

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  2. What a creative idea! I'll have to give this a try.

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  3. That is awesome! Those are so pretty that I might want to try draining the egg first so I could keep them, but I'm not sure how that works????

    You almost had me jumping for joy at the thought of Brooks Brothers ties at the Thrift store. My husband needs several new ones and at $40+ for a stupid tie, thrift store ties seemed like a viable option until I saw the "musty old man smell" comment. I guess we will have to suck it up and pay the price (money not smell)!

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  4. WHAT? That is so cool! I had no idea this was possible. Wow. Thanks! I might be giving this a try later this week!

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  5. ok. coolest easter egg idea ever. too bad, the eggs don't last forever. love the idea, mel!

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  6. This is such a neat idea. I will have to pass this along :)

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  7. I'm so glad you did it, Mel! My sis is coming over today so we can do it again. Hopefully no one wets their pants this year. (Oh, did I not mention that part before?)

    A note to Laura: You can drain the eggs! Poke a small hole in the top and bottom of the egg, by tapping very lightly with a safey pin or thin nail. Then you can just put your mouth right on there, bend over a bowl and blow all the gunk out. Sometimes it helps to stick an unfolded paperclip into one end to break the yolk first. If that totally grosses you out, you can try to suck/blow out the egg with a baby bulb syringe - although I think it's much harder. If you do the blowing yourself, just be careful not to pass out. :)

    But if you do it, then in theory, you could keep these year after year, although I haven't tried. Good luck!

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  8. What a cool idea...hope my hubby doesn't mind if i use his ties ;)

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  9. So so so genius! I can't wait to try these! Have a Happy Easter, doll!

    Thank you for linking up to What I Whipped Up Wednesday! xo

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  10. And now my PAAS creations seem so pathetic...

    beautiful
    MAYBE I will try this...
    if I dont strangle myself with a vintage tie first...kids starting to get on my nerves today...

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  11. Long time reader, third time commenter. Mels husband here, please open your windows and let those things cool outside. The funky smell in our house last night was not pleasant. I mean eggs smell, but dirty silk and eggs really, really, smell. If you have an outdoor camping stove, I would strongly recommend using it. Yikes! Great looking eggs honey, your the best.

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  12. wow! i love this!!!!!
    way to go, hip mama;)

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  13. Pretty! Who knew that would happen? Very cute project!

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  14. This is the coolest idea ever! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. This is SO cool! The paisley one is awesome!

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  16. That might be the most clever thing I've ever seen! Thanks for sharing it!

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  17. well look at you! SO cute. i just sent a bunch of old ties to the goodwill before our move and now i'm kicking myself! next year... ;)

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  18. way fun Mel... we may have to try this out


    thanks for sharing!!!

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  19. I saw your link at Tatertots & Jello and I think the eggs look great! I'd like to give this a try sometime!

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  20. Whoah Nelly! This is just the coolest thing I've seen this season! I'd like to invite you to share this at my VIP party this weekend. http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-12.html

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  21. Seriously, that is the cutest project I have seen this Spring!

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  22. you're right! i really like how the smaller pattern ones turned out! nice work!

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  23. What a great idea! I love it!!
    I would love for you to share it at my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  24. How cool are those eggs?! Loved the comment about the stinky ties. Hilarious.

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  25. I want to try this at home together with my kids.

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