Monday, April 2, 2012

DIY: "Silk-Screened" Easter Eggs

Tired of staining your eggs (and fingers) in that same 'ol typical Easter Egg dye? I am. Here's a different way to make your eggs oh-so-beautiful by using silk ties!

You'll need 100% silk ties (or scarves) for this tutorial. Be sure to check the tag... the polyester blends won't do. I picked these up at my thrift store of choice for a $1 each. Not bad at all. Don't worry if they're ugly, old people ties... the transfer will still come out pretty cool!

With a stitch ripper or pair of scissors, remove the ties innards so that all your left with is the printed silk material. 

Cut pieces large enough to be able to wrap around the entire egg and secure with a small rubber band or twist tie.

You'll also need to wrap them in an old pillow case or sheet and secure them with another rubber band/twist tie. Again, check your thrift stores... I found a pillow case for $.50. Once they're all wrapped up, carefully plop them into a pan filled with water and 1/4 cup vinegar. 

Bring to a boil. Once boiling, set your timer for 20 minutes. You may have to keep rolling the "floaters." Side note: if you're worried about the pan boiling over, lay a wooden spoon across the top of your pan. It won't overflow... I promise.

After the 20 minutes is up, remove from the boiling water with some tongs and place in a dish or colander to cool down. Once they're cool enough to handle (about 20 minutes), go ahead and unwrap them.

You'll find that your jewel tones (reds, purples, blues...) will transfer the best. Now they're ready for Easter dinner (or all those leftover egg salad sandwiches). Enjoy! 

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