It’s the Easter season and that means Easter eggs are everywhere. Don’t settle for the boring, old dyed eggs this year, though, or, even worse, those plastic versions. It is 2016 after all and there are far more creative ways to decorate plain, white Easter eggs. Impress your guests and kids with these fun, beautiful ways to dye these festive decorations.
If your husband or boyfriend is cleaning out his tie collection, here is the perfect use for them; dyeing eggs! The only requirements of the tie is that it be 100 percent silk and have an interesting pattern. In fact, you don’t have to use a tie at all; the material could be from a silk blouse or a scarf, just as long as you like the design. And, remember, the busier the better for dyeing Easter eggs!
If you’re using a tie, the first step is to take it apart. Grab a pair of scissors and snip the garment up the backside. Remove any interior fabric so that all that’s left is the most important part; the silk! Divide the tie into pieces large enough to wrap the Easter egg in. You’ll want to wrap the egg so that the side that was facing outwards when the tie was worn is touching the egg. Wrap the fabric around the Easter egg as tightly as possible; the smoother the fabric is, the smoother the pattern will print onto the egg.
As painful as it may be, you’ll need to cover up the pretty, silk-covered Easter eggs. You’ll need to wrap them again in a lightly colored and lightweight piece of fabric. After they’re all wrapped up, place them in a pot and cover them with water. Add ¼ cup of vinegar and bring the mixture to a boil. Let the Easter eggs boil for about 20 minutes before removing them to dry. Once they’ve cooled off, unwrap your creation!
All you’ll need to give your Easter eggs this dramatic look is rubber cement, gold paint, and a sponge. Prepare a dye bath consisting of water and vinegar. Bring it to a boil. Pour some of the rubber cement into a paper bowl. Grab the sponge and dip it into the rubber cement. Dab one of your Easter eggs with the sponge so that it is evenly coated with rubber cement. Set it aside to dry for about ten minutes.
Once the egg is dry, it’s time to get it wet again by placing it into the boiling dye bath that you prepared earlier. Leave it in the mixture until the shade looks good. Remove the egg from the pot and dry with a paper towel. While the egg is warm, rub off the rubber cement with your finger. This next part is gold. Take another sponge and dip it into the gold paint. Working on one side at a time, dab the paint onto the egg, letting it dry before moving onto the other side. With such a unique, classy look, you’ll want to leave these Easter eggs out all year.